July 12, 2019

Discover Part B & C | Arts Award Case Study

Following on from the previous blog, our Project Coordinator Becky shares the ways in which the youth group ‘Chill Club’ achieved their Discover Arts Awards. In this post she focuses on Part B and C.

Part B: Find Out

  • Find out about at least one artist and their work in order to develop their understanding of arts practice

For Part B I compiled a list of videos to watch on You Tube selecting artists who work in art forms the group had already told me they were interested in (animation, collage, photography, embroidery). Each artwork or artist had a pro-social message and the young people were able to choose which one to learn about. They answered questions about the artist’s practice and reasons why they liked, or did not like the art works. They were also given an outline of a body and were asked to consider the emotions triggered by the video, where in their body they felt it and what colour/shape that emotion was. This was a really useful tool for the young people to be able to discuss the deeper issues within the artworks and how it resonated with them. I had initially worried that this task might feel a little like ‘homework’ however, having a menu of videos to choose from and set questions to think about as they watched helped to make the task clear, achievable and enjoyable. The list of videos and question prompts are included below for you to use too.

Part C: Share

  • Share with others what they enjoyed and learnt through the award

Sharing the notes, artworks and thoughts made in personal sketchbooks was a little daunting for some of the group. There was some concern about showing someone else their work and some embarrassment around saying out loud what they had enjoyed. In the end lots of the young people spoke to a friend on a one-to-one basis and then made some notes in their book about the conversation. I had hoped for the group to be able to share all at once, comparing what they had enjoyed the most and why. However, because some of the young people attended sporadically they all finished at different points and this didn’t work out.

On reflection, I think that this section could have been more active. Lots of the group love dancing and will happily learn routines together performing around the community centre. They had a local musician visit a few times, and some of them did interview him for Part B or for their Explore Arts Award. It might have been a fun way to share what they had learnt about the musician and why they enjoyed his music as part of a dance performance- something for next time perhaps!

For some of the group Discover was enough…for others it was not! There were a couple of dedicated young people who were really captivated by the Arts Award framework. When they found out there was another award they could work towards they were adamant that they were going to keep adding to their sketchbooks till they got there! And so watch this space for how we did it- Exploring Kindness!

Videos for Part B- Find Out

Greenpeace with creative agency ‘Don’t Panic’, LEGO: Everything is NOT awesome.
About: ‘Don’t panic’ create content-led advertising campaigns that get results. They use the power of edgier ideas to enable challengers to beat the big incumbent.
Themes: Activism, animation, filmmaking

Sarah Corbett, How To Be A Craftivist: The Art of Gentle Protest
About: Sarah Corbett is an activist who uses craft to bring about social or political change.
Themes: Activism, crafts, creating political or social change

Grayson Perry, The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!
About: Grayson Perry is known for his ceramic vases, tapestries and cross-dressing, as well as his observations of the contemporary arts scene, and for dissecting British “prejudices, fashions and foibles”.
Themes: Textiles, printmaking, pottery, challenging perceptions

Danish artists’ collective SUPERFLEX, One Two Three Swing!
About: Can Swings be Art? Swinging with two other people has greater potential than swinging alone and One Two Three Swing! invites us to realise this potential together. Swinging as three, our collective energy resists gravity and challenges the laws of nature.
Themes: Installation, performance, bringing people together, having fun

About: Chris Haughton, How to be an Illustrator
Ever wondered what an illustrator does? How do characters end up in books and what inspires a person to make them? Illustrator Chris Haughton makes lots of different things. From books to puppets to rugs to apps. Check out the film to see how he makes his work and what he thinks about art.
Themes: Books, illustration, digital art, collage

Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin. Photography and Sign Language
About: Adam and Oliver are photographic artists, best known for the way they merge photojournalism and visual art, producing provocative, ambiguous interpretations of history and current events.
Themes: Photography, sign language, books, play

Questions for Part B – Find Out

  1. What was interesting about the artist or the artwork?
  2. What did you like about the artist or the artwork?
    g. colours, materials, shapes, size, message, other
  3. What would you like to do since you’ve learnt about this artist?
  4. When you look at the artwork, what emotions do you feel?
    Use an outline of a body, colours and shapes to show where you feel the emotions in your body.

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