Henry Byrne professional artist portraiture workshop

On Friday 11th May 2018 an all-day portrait workshop was held in the Visual Art department with a professional visiting artist, Henry Bryne. Henry currently resides in the Netherlands and is a London based portrait artist. Twenty Art students in Years 11, 12 and 13 were invited to attend the workshop. Henry gave a talk about how he became a professional artist and showed a selection of his work. He then demonstrated how to build the layers of a pencil portrait by using tonal values, one of our students volunteered to be his model. The students then paired off and practiced his techniques. After break time we put the drawings in the gallery and asked Miss Bailey to guess who the portraits were of. She guessed every student correctly, which is a credit to the student’s drawing skills. Henry then gave a demonstration on how to build up the layers of a portrait using acrylic paint (if you would like a free lesson on how to do this and fancy a go yourself, please see the video, unfortunately the sound is not brilliant). The students then practiced these techniques too. In the afternoon session, the students were given the option of a range of activities. Our students were fully engaged for the whole workshop and produced some fantastic work. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking Henry for giving the students such a memorable day and we would hope to see him again next year.