Our faces will be all over the Palace

Faces made by students at Todmorden College will be projected onto Buckingham Palace to celebrate Queen's Diamond Jubilee
Faces made by students at Todmorden College will be projected onto Buckingham Palace to celebrate Queen's Diamond Jubilee

TEENAGERS will become the faces of 2012 by taking part in a Diamond Jubilee art project.

Year eight pupils at Todmorden High School have produced self-portraits which will be projected onto Buckingham Palace in April.

The portraits have been made as part of Face Britain, the UK’s largest mass collaborative art project which offers people aged four to 16 the chance to have a go at self-portraiture.

Christine Wardle, art teacher at the high school, said: “It’s lovely to be involved in something like this.

“We do portraits as part of a year eight project, so it’s great to be able to feed our projects into a big national event.”

More than 700 schools in the UK have signed up for the project.

The self-portraits will be uploaded onto the Face Britain online gallery and will be used to create a unique montage image to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

In addition, the project forms part of a world record attempt for the most artists working on the same art installation. Celebrities and sports stars have also produced self-portraits which will be shown alongside the youngsters’ designs.

“Let’s hope some of our year eight students can be displayed next to one of their favourite well-known stars,” Christine said.

Footballer David Beckham, Doctor Who actor Matt Smith and members of the boy band One Direction are the students’ most popular choices to appear next to their art.

They have made self-portraits influenced by LS Lowry and Picasso.

Melissa Perry said it took six lessons to produce the images.

“A lot of work went into it,” she said. “I’m pleased with how it turned out.”

Lewis Daggers-Smith said it had been an interesting experience.

“It has been more enjoyable than other projects that we have done,” he said.

“Drawing ourselves was a bit weird. We had to hold a mirror so we could see ourselves.”

Laurence Temp, who hopes to see his painting appear next to Doctor Who, said: “It’s something that I’m really excited about.

“It’s going to be awesome.”

Any members of the community who would like to include their self-portrait with the school’s submission should send their artwork to Christine at the school by March.