This week we explored our creative sides with art and music. We tested out some new and unusual ways of exploring paintings in the galleries, working in groups to discuss questions like…
- Find a painting that matches your outfit. Stand next to it.
- Track down an ugly piece of art. Try to see the beauty in it.
- Find a piece of art that seems happy. Enjoy it for a while.
- Imagine you lived inside a piece of art. Which piece would you choose and why?
- Find a painting and explore what happens outside the frame- imagine how the picture continues and what happens beyond the edge . Did you discover something new?
- Find a flower, a vegetable, a dog and a hat.
- Look for a sculpture that makes you curious, an object that feels sad and a painting that makes you smile.
We talked about what we had liked about the activities and everyone agreed that they enjoyed questions which
- asked us to respond with feelings and give a personal response
- made us look at things in an unusual or new way
- gave us a list of things to find- such as a list of colours or objects
Everyone really enjoyed the activity. We all decided we liked using small cards to search with rather than instructions on a phone or a digital resource. The group felt young people spend too much time looking at screens and it was very good to be encouraged to look a different way. It was good to have a feeling of having worked through the activity cards and finished an activity and also to have something to take home at the end to keep.
For the second half of our meeting we met Arne Richards and Isabel Knowland who are musicians and work with a range of people including primary schools and in prisons on different projects using music, words and museum objects. They explained how they work with museum objects in the galleries then gave us a moving and powerful performance. We all worked together to create a soundtrack to a poem with unusual instruments from different cultures including a wave drum that sounded like the sea, small chiming bells, instruments to strike and rattle and and xylophone. It was an amazing experience!
You can find out more about Isabel and Arne’s work here.
Thank you for giving us such a fantastic experience!