Arty Ramsgate pupils creative self-portraits go on display

Pupils have been creating self portraits

Creative children have been inspired to create self-portraits in the style of acclaimed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

She is the latest ‘artist of the term’ for pupils at Ramsgate Arts Primary School to explore and they have been challenged to use bright colours and fill the background of their pictures with things that are important to them.

All the artwork will be displayed in school and certificates will be awarded to the best entries.

Art teacher Mike Brown said: “We study a wide range of artists, styles and techniques so that pupils can really get to explore what motivated the creators of some of the most inspiring, evocative, challenging and beautiful artwork the world has seen.”

In recent terms pupils have explored the work of Andy Warhol, environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy, impressionist Vincent Van Gogh, comic magazine art, avant garde artist Jean Arp, and illustrator Johanna Basford.

Meanwhile a new display of lino cuts by visiting artist Cath Deeson from Broadstairs adorns the wall at the entrance to the main hall at RAPS, to illustrate yet another form of artwork to pupils and visitors.

To book a tour of RAPS and see the arts learning in action, contact Head of School Nick Budge on 01843 582847.

Frida Facts:

Frida Kahlo de Rivera (July 1907–July 1954) was a Mexican artist who painted many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artefacts of Mexico.

Inspired by the country’s popular culture, she employed a naïve folk art style to explore questions of identity, post-colonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society.

Her paintings often had strong autobiographical elements and mixed realism with fantasy.

Kahlo has been described as a surrealist or magical realist.

Report Peter Barnett