CHILDREN have given Van Gogh a run for his money – by creating their own self portraits.
Eighty youngsters in the Colne Valley painted portraits of themselves during an art workshop at the North Light Gallery.
Children aged from two to 14 took part and the three top artists were presented with a watercolour set.
Six-year-old Matthew Jenkinson, Lauren Quarmby, 10, and Georgia Poulson, 12, were all named as the winners.
Matthew was also named as the overall winner for his creative self portrait, which was decorated with stars.
The Honley Infant School pupil said: “It took a long time to do but I liked it.”
Lauren Quarmby, a pupil at South Crosland Junior School, won the seven-11 category and said: “I knew I wanted to do more than just a painting, so I did the background as a collage.
“It took me about two hours to do but I am happy with it.”
Her proud mum Sarah Quarmby added: “Lauren has always been creative and very arty. She’s always making things out of rubbish so I’m delighted she’s done so well.”
Honley High pupil Georgia Poulson took inspiration from the gallery’s artists before starting her portrait.
She said: “I looked at other paintings before I started so I had some ideas about what I wanted to do.
“I like art at school and really enjoyed doing this.”
The workshop was run at the North Light Gallery in Armitage Bridge.
Assistant gallery manager Lianne Ellis said: “We have had more than 80 entrants and they have all thoroughly enjoyed it and have had lots of fun creating portraits of themselves.
“We wanted to do something that would capture their imaginations and give them the chance to use their skills and be creative.
“Part of my job was to find ways of getting more young people involved in art. Because it has been so well received we’ll look to do it again next year.”
The children worked on canvas donated by Calder Graphics of Byram Arcade.