The Diamond Jubilee
Royal Jubilees are pretty special. A Diamond Jubilee in the UK is extraordinary!
The Queen has now been the Queen for 60 years and is now the second longest reigning monarch in the whole history of the UK. Both times it's been a Queen who has lived long enough to mark 60 years on the Throne.
Today - 2nd June - is the 60th anniversary of her Coronation (YouTube video)
That's why the whole of the UK is having a very long weekend with events to celebrate the Jubilee between 2nd and 5th June 2012.
The Big Diamond Jubilee Art Challenge
Produce a drawing or a painting or a print or a sculpture in the next 3 days to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.
- you can choose any subject. You can create a picture of the Queen or a picture of an event to celebrate the Jubilee (eg the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, The Jubilee Beacons on 4th June, A Big Jubilee Lunch Party)
- you can use any media
- the artwork can be as big or small as you like
- you can use any style or approach which might be appropriate to a celebration (bunting and glitter is allowed - diamonds are optional!)
- you can be any age (you can get let your kids or grandkids help you!)
- you don't have to live in the UK or a Commonwealth country - anybody can take part and be part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations
- there is no entry fee
- Post an image of your drawing / painting / print / sculpture to your blog or Flickr account by Tuesday morning (12 midday GMT at the latest) and leave a link as a comment on this blog AND tell me:
- the title
- the artist(s) involved in making it and ages (if under 18)
- the subject (if not obvious from the title)
- size and the media used
- highlighted in a results post - with a link to your blog; and
- for readers to come look at your efforts.
Note that entry via a comment on this blog assumes your agreement to me posting the images I like the best on this blog on Tuesday 5th June. Those featured will be those which best reflect the nature of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration.
Note: You can leave the comment and the link before Tuesday if you finish early - and you'll probably get more visitors if you do!
If you think you know people who might be interested in participating please share a link to this blog post.
You don't have to create a portrait of the Queen. However if portraiture is what you like doing and you want some inspiration:
- This is a link to a slideshow of portraits I found on The Telegraph - The Queen's Diamond Jubilee: unusual portraits created to mark the event
- Olha Prymakk got a head start with her study of herself as Queen Elizabeth II see Self-portrait as Queen Elizabeth II
- You could also read Review: 'The Queen - Art and Image' at the NPG to get some ideas.
- or maybe check out BBC Two – How to Paint a Queen: a Culture Show Special on iPlayer
(This blog is now having a short holiday until Tuesday! I've got a river pageant to go to!)