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Inviting young people to put themselves in the picture

mnco ceramics Thursday 16 July 2015

Liverpool Hope University is inviting 14-16 year olds to put themselves in the picture with a new free portraiture workshop. 

Starting on July 25th at the university’s dedicated Creative Campus on Shaw Street, the Saturday sessions will guide young people through all of the basics in composing a good portrait.

Participants can learn how paintings, photographs, sculptures, or other artistic representations, can be used to capture the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. They will also look at 3D portraits. Participants don’t have to attend all four sessions, but to get the best possible experience they are encouraged to come along to as many as possible.  

The sessions will be led by lecturers from the university’s Department of Fine Art, current students and Liverpool Hope graduates including Ant Hamlyn, who was recently named as recipient of the first ever Liverpool Hope University + FACT Production Residency and will produce an exhibition in December.  

Previous workshops have focussed on textiles and ceramics. The ceramics workshop was led by Liverpool Hope MA student Jade Crompton, who was recently awarded a scholarship from Prince Charles and has seen her work go on display in Hollywood.

The workshops are being run as part of the Merseyside Network for Collaborative Outreach (MNCO), a partnership between Universities, HE Colleges and FE Institutions located in the North West. The aim is to share information on widening participation activities offered by the partner institutions involved in the network. It is hoped that if proven to be a success, the workshops will run again next year. 

Fine Art graduate Ant Hamlyn said: “If you are thinking about pursuing art, it is important to start creating as soon as possible – that is how you learn. These sessions will provide a great basis for the young people to build on the skills they are developing at GCSE or BTEC, or a taster for anyone thinking of studying an art course in the future.” 

Session details 

For more information or to sign up for the sessions please contact or telephone 0151 291 3111.

Pictured: a previous session on ceramics

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