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Lockdown Challenge 1: Portraits

First Floor Space is running a series of challenges that we think will be fun to keep us all creative and busy over the next few week. For the first challenge, all you have to do is post a picture of yourself or someone else on Instagram or Facebook and tag us. Then we can all chose from the posted pictures and make a portrait of them. Next we invite you to share your portrait on our facebook and instagram pages, in your post please add both the picture you chose to do and the portrait that came out of it!


Experiment with techniques and materials, remember the objective is to have fun not necessarily to be the modern day Da Vinci (though if you are, we‘d still love you to be involved!)

Some materials to try out:

  • Biro, pencil, coloured pencil, felt tip

  • Charcoal, soft pastel, oil pastel, chalk

  • Watercolour, ink, tempera paint block, poster paint

  • Acrylic, oil paint

  • Collage

  • Digital drawing or composition

  • Coffee, vegetable based dye from beetroot or red cabbage

  • Thread, string

  • Wire, 3D pen

  • Assemblages or shadows that can be photographed

  • Combinations of different materials

You can think about the surface you work on too:

  • Paper - plain, textured, newspaper, brown paper, magazine pages

  • Cardboard - smooth, bent, ripped, peeled back layers

  • Fabric - patterned, plain, textured, ripped, stained

  • Recycled materials - plastic packaging, smooth or shiny card


Image by Stationery Hoe

You can make an exacting portrait from a photograph or you can be inspired by the feel of the image, let you imagination run away with you! And to get your creative juices flowing we’ve picked 5 portraits by different painters to inspire you, perhaps by making something in that style or picking particular elements that you find attractive.


Artists: Kehinde Wiley, Jenny Saville, Frida Kahlo, Lucien Freud, Chuck Close

However you choose to make your portrait, the most important part is to have fun with it! Keep an eye on our social media pages for updates and to see what others have been working on. We look forward to seeing and sharing your wonderful creations 😊


Stay safe and keep creating <3


First Floor Space

Opening times: Wednesday - Saturday 12-5pm, please check events for workshop details

Address: 1046/1048 Croydon Arts Store, Whitgift Centre, Croydon,

CR0 1UQ

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