Broomy’s Bairns – Artist Studies – Joan Eardley

Our Broomy’s Bairns art class has recently begun a series of workshops that concentrate on studying specific Scottish artists, and then making work based on the artist’s style.  The first artist has been beloved painter Joan Eardley, whose most famous works include her portraits of children living in Glasgow’s Townhead area, where her studio was situated.  She began painting portraits of the children after they started visiting her studio out of curiosity.

We were interested in the children doing self-portraits with pastels, and including collage in their portraits, that would be done after having a photo taken outside of Broomhill Court.

To get to grips with Eardley’s style of portraits and use of materials, the children imitated some of these images on the blackboard with coloured pastels, that looked fantastic!

Using their own photographic portraits, the Bairns copied their image onto paper, again with the coloured pastels, including the background featured in the photographs.

Using their own photographic portraits and recycled paper, the children’s final works were collages on a background of chalk-rubbings from the ground outside of Broomhill Court.  These wonderful self-portraits are now framed, waiting to be put up in the Broomhill Art Flat!


The Broomy’s Bairns Art Classes are every Wednesday at the Broomhill Art Flat, with the first session starting at 3.30pm, until 4.30pm, then the next session starting at 4.40pm, and finished up at 5.30pm.

If you would like to register you interest for a child to attend the Broomy’s Bairns workshops, please call RIG Arts on 01475 649359 or email


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