ART SAVES LIVES INTERNATIONAL
presents an exhibition of personality portraits
by the children from Bursledon House
inpatient paediatric/psychiatric unit
The Art House – Southampton http://www.thearthousesouthampton.org/
Charlotte Farhan started doing self portraits as well as friends and eventually customers. It began by Charlotte being challenged to put her personality into her “Self Portrait—Alter Ego” by a gallery owner. Charlotte began to engage in portrait art and self exploration as well as the philosophy of identity. Now Charlotte challenged the children from Bursledon House to explore their personality through art. By creating a creative therapy technique that allows you to identify core self beliefs, likes and dislikes and can help identify low self esteem which then can be later addressed.
Lisa Reeve ASLI’s newest artist in residence to participate and work together on the project.
To engage Lisa as well as the children.
Lisa Reeve and a patient at Bursledon House working on their personality portrait.
The Personality Portrait Questionnaire
Use these questions to get your creative process started.
Write them down, take your time, find inspiration and be truthful to your self.
1. List your 4 favourite colours and any colours you dislike. Ask yourself why you picked these colours?
2. Tell yourself your best and worst features and why?
3. How would you describe yourself in two sentences?
4. Who are your idols, who do you admire and look up to? (pick 4 at most)
5. What is your favourite style? What do you like in design, fashion, décor and graphics, what visually stimulates you?
6. Pick 3 (of each) which represent you: animals, places in the world, food and books.
7. What are your passions and hobbies in life?
8. What are your fears and dreams?
9. When was your best day and worst day, what happened?
10. How do you think others see you and how is it different to how you see yourself?
Enjoy the exhibition and the children’s creative writing
In the yellow quarter there is a lion because it represents bravery and courage. It is also my favourite animal. In the pink quarter there is my family. In the red quarter there is a happy dwarf. He has an axe in his hand and a pointy hat. In the blue quarter is me playing cricket, I have included this because I enjoy playing it.
What my personality portrait says about me; The main colours I chose for my portrait were blue, pink, black and white. This is because these are my four favourite colours. In my portrait I have featured a small black web and spider in the corner, as they are things I do not like and felt to include bad things as well as good. Also included was a Pikachu tail, this is because I enjoy playing Pokemon and it has been something I have played for a few years. I drew my face in the portrait although I gave myself cartoon like eyes. This is because I enjoy watching and reading )Japanese cartoons known as Anime and Manga. I included eyes of a similar style to the ones my favourite characters from them have. As well as these I have included one cat ear, this is because I love cats. They are one of my favourite animals. M, Age 16
My personality portrait is my hero Miranda Hart. She is really funny and I hope to meet her one day. I drew Miranda because she really inspires me to be really funny and bring out my real personality’ Since I have been in hospital I have been watching lots of her sitcoms that are normally on BBC One and DVD’S The features The microphone I chose the microphone because she does a lot of stand up comedy al! around the world. I haven’t seen her live yet but when I do I will be really happy 🙂 The wedding dress The wedding dress represents her in her sitcom where she doesn’t want to get married. I drew the wedding dress because I love her comedy. Morcambe & Wise I wrote the phrase Morcambe & Wise because when Miranda was younger these two men were her heroes and that was where she found out that she wanted to be a comedian when she was older. The Union Jack I put the Union Jack in this portrait because she is from England and I thought it would look impressive on the portrait.
My personality portrait shows a snow leopard. I chose a snow leopard because if is my favourite animal because it is cute. It is me because it is friendly, playful and shy. I painted the borders in my favourite colours they are purple, green, yellow and black. Green and yellow are friendly and playful colours and they reflect me. Purple and black are just colours that I found appealing to me. D, age 12
I have decided to split my painting into three sections which are Nice stuff, bad stuff and things I like to do’ In my self Portrait on the left side of the painting are my favourite colours Purple, Green, Blue and Red’ I also like having fun in theme parks and playing Minecraft I decided to include the icon for Minecraft’ The foods I like are spaghetti bolognese and pizza’ In the right hand corner, there is the nice stuff’ People think of me as a person who is happy and funny around people. on the top of my portrait l have drawn bad stuff that l don’t like. One of is pink because it is too much of a girls colour. I didn’t like leaving Florida because I had such a happy holiday going to lots of theme parks. I don’t think spiders should exist’ By J
My portrait of me My portrait was just a Wight canvas now it is a work of art .It shows me thinking with a light bulb over my head. It is very bright with neon colours it has squiggles and patents my hair was bright orange with curls at the end because that is how I have always wanted to have it I like photos and that is why I have a camera I have a pencil because I love art I love my portrait because it is very … me. By B
My personality portrait. My portrait represents me, by the use of pastel colours, lyrics from my favourite singers ‘white lips, pale face’. I have also used flowers, as I see flowers as calm object- which kind of represents me. Normal portraits usually have eyes, nose, ears- the usual face objects, but not me. I can’t draw to save my life. So I decided to only use a mouth that I printed out, and stuck it in the middle of my face. On the lips I used my favourite lyrics from my favourite singer- Ed Sheeran. My favourite song of his is ‘the A team’ hence why I used the lyrics from his song. To me the lips stand out, and complete the portrait. I painted my face a pastel blue colour ( for the love of pastel colours!) I then had a think, and decided to write even more lyrics of my favourite to singers Ed Sheeran and katy perry. I choose a particular song of katys ‘firework’ as it means a lot to me and my mum- she played it at her wedding on the 4th luly 2012. My favourite line of lyrics from her song is ‘do you ever feel like a plastic bag drifting through the air wanting to start again’. On my portrait, I drew wavey hair and a lot of it! I painted this by making a pastel coloured pink. I really like wavey hair, and my hair tends to go that way or worse(knots) when ever I have a shower or wake up. I can often look like I have been dragged backwards through a bush, other times I wake up looking Like gods gift- doesn’t happen very often though. I have painted the background, a pastel coloured purple. Purple is my favourite colour, so I thought it would be a good idea to use my favourite colour and it made the portrait complete. At the bottom of my portrait I have yet again used more of katys lyrics’after a hurricane comes a rainbow’ this means a lot to me, as it tells me that after the worse has come, something good will come out of that bad thing. By A
The reason I chose these colours are because they are bold and are very bright (red, pink, purple, gold, black, blue and yellow) which reflect my bubbly and crazy personality. The reason I chose the colours for my hair are because I would like to experiment with different colours and styles when I am older (like Miss Radford my teacher!). My eyes are usually brown but like my hair l would like to use contact lenses and colour my eyes cool colours. Why I chose particular accessories I chose the paw because I adore cats. Also I have two cats of my own. One is called Poppy and the other is called Barney, they are both tabby colour ( gray and black) and they are very FAT!!!!! and are extremely lazy, but I love them more than words can say. The Tutu and the ballet shoes are highly important to me because l do ballet my self. I have done it since l was small. I love it so much, I can be my self when I am dancing to the music of swan lake and feel like I am in the ballet shoes of Darcey Bussell. I would like to get so good at dancing that i will be able to have block ballet shoes. Symbols The Union Jack symbol means loads to me because I am part of the United Kingdom and I am proud of it. By M, Age 12
I like my big brown eyes and I love my puppy. This is Philip and he is my brother. He is my favourite. My nose is my worst feature because it makes me sneeze. At the wrong time. by F, Age 6
My personality portrait shows myself depicted in a cartoonish style, mostly because I believe that nothing in life should be taken too seriously, especially when it comes to one’s own self-image. I chose to mostly use a variety of blues and greens, because ! like the peacefulness these colours signify; I consider myself a fairly mellow, !aid back person (the majority of the time!). The guitar is drawn in the background because, like many other people, music makes up a large part of my life and personality. The flowers were also included because of my love for nature. The background is slightly plainer, but I tried to incorporate the effect of clouds when tinted red at sunset/sunrise; ! find the sky the most beautiful at this time of day or night. E, aged 17
My personality portrait. It has a Southampton badge on my portrait and my school badge. I really love football because when I look up to them it makes happy. I put my school badge to show which school I go to. I really like tigers because they are really nice animals and because they are cute. I like Southampton FC because they are 8th in the premier league at the moment THEY ARE THE BEST. I used black paint because it is on a tiger and I used paint orange paint too. I like oranges to eat. I like gold because it on the FC Southampton badge. My best feature is my foot because I like to play football and my worst is my hair because it hits me in my eyes when I play football out side in the rain. I describe myself as funny and really fun . My friends let me play the games all the time and my friends are Ben, Matthew, fake. By L
Personality Portrait My portrait mainly represents my love for music, using lyrics from a song called ‘hopeful’ that my friend rapped on Britain’s Got Talent earlier this year. The lyrics are quite meaningful to me as it’s saying to just be hopeful through life because things will get better even if it’s hard. I also used written music sheets in the bubbles because I used to play the violin and sing so I’ve been able to read music since I was about 6. Blue and pink stripes cover the background of my canvas because they’re my favourite colours. In the bottom of the picture I have a girls forehead, the curly brown hair is mine and I also have put a flower crown on their forehead because I think they’re really pretty to wear, especially in the summer. By A
Personality Portrait of my granddad This personality portrait is about my granddad. I chose him because he is an inspiration to me. This is because he has so many stories and he’s pretty interesting. We get along really well. I have separated it into parts. one part shows his time in the Army in Cyprus because he loved his time in the Army.. Another part shows how he likes to Play guitar- I have shown this by painting on 6 gold lines resembling the 6 strings of his guitar. One part shows his fears which are ghosts, because he has had a few encounters which he likes to tell people about. The last part is the sky because he likes the night sky. This is because he used to camp out on the beaches of Cyprus. I have tried to be creative and imaginative in this portrait because my Granddad is an imaginative person. T 13 years old
George, Aged 13
In my portrait I have tried to include a lot of my strengths, but also my weakness. I did this by making a lion and owl combination animal, this shows that I had to be strong like a lion in the tough times but wise like an owl during the times when I didn’t know what to do. I put a spider and a ghost in the corner of my design because they are my main two fears. T, 13 years old
By Lisa Reeve
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