None of us have ever experienced anything like the Lockdown we have been living in for the last few weeks. Coronavirus is a new disease, and the unknown can be very scary. There have been good days and bad days, and we’ve all found it difficult to explain our feelings at times.
Drawing or representing our feelings through art can be a really helpful way of exploring our emotions.
We would like you to create an artwork to represent your experiences of lockdown, and the different emotions you have been feeling.
If you would like to share them, your art work could contribute to a project run by the October Gallery. Your finished square will be linked together with squares produced by children and adults from around the country to make an art piece that celebrates our community staying safe by staying at home.
STEP ONE: EXPLORE
- It’s all about you. Draw a circle or box on a piece of paper and write how you’ve been feeling while staying at home
- Draw another circle or box and write down the colours that go with those feelings
- Look at the artworks below or take a look at these videos to find inspiration linked to an artist you could use for your your own 10 x 10 square
- Grab a sheet of paper and explore your response to the artist’s work as well as your feelings about lockdown. Sketch, paint, stick, colour, whatever!
STEP TWO: MAKE YOUR SQUARE AND MESSAGE
- Cut out a 10cm x 10cm square out of cardboard, and collage, paint, draw your unique design using your sketches and writing as a starting point.
- The only rules are to enjoy making, be creative (try and avoid hearts or flowers – challenge yourself and create your own unique design), and overall express YOU. And of course – make as many as you like!
- Add a message on the back of your wonderful artwork; a message of thanks for NHS staff, a message of hope, a favourite poem, or dedication to a loved one.
STEP THREE: SHARE YOUR SQUARE
To share your completed art work you could:
- Drop your square into school on your daily walk (observing social distancing rules) or bring it in if you are one of the year groups who is coming back.
- Send a photo of your work to your year group email address
The gallery plan to make a short film of the project, including different squares from around the country. We will send your squares on to the gallery and use a copy to create an exhibition of our lockdown experiences in school. We will also post images of your creations in an online gallery.
We look forward to seeing what you come up with!
Some ideas to help get you started…
Many famous paintings/ artworks represent emotions very powerfully. What emotions can you see in these famous artworks?
These artists use colour to help show emotions in their paintings. At Thomas Buxton, we are used to talking about our emotions in relation to the Zones of Regulation:
However, there are different ways of thinking about colours, and they can be used to represent different emotions. for example:
Remember that it’s ok to be finding this situation difficult. There are lots of people who can help – talk to a trusted adult in your family or at school, or you can call Childline on 0800 1111. There are also lots of tips on looking after your physical and mental well-being on the Healthy Lives blog.