Summer Learning Journey – Recreating Portraits – Activity 1 & 2

Today’s activities were very exciting.  I had to look at some examples of recreated portraits, watch a video about a challenge during lockdown, then choose a famous portrait to recreate myself. I got to dress up in my mum’s clothes and use things around the house to help recreate the portrait.  For example I used a tablecloth to hide our bookcase and look like a curtain.  I used tissues for the cuffs of the dress and a small blanket for the headpiece.

Here is my recreation

This painting is called Arrangement In Gray And Black No. 1.  The artist James McNeill Whistler painted this portrait of his mother in 1871 while he was living with her.

How well do you think my recreation was?


For the second part of this activity I had to give my reasons why I think this challenge was such a success, especially during a lockdown. Check out my video below for my answer.

One thought on “Summer Learning Journey – Recreating Portraits – Activity 1 & 2

  1. Kia ora Leeya,

    Manar here from the Summer Learning Journey Team.

    Awesome ideas of using props to help set up the background and clothes that you could wear to recreate this portrait. I love your recreation, you have put a lot of thought behind it. I also loved to hear your reflection on this activity of what you found challenging, enjoyable and background behind why the portrait was created. Great work! Why did you choose this specific portrait?

    Keep up the great work!
    Manar Mahmoud (SLJ)

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