Session 2: Art during a crisis (including a quiz)

STEP ONE

Last week, we learnt that “art” can cover lots of different forms such as painting, music, architecture, film, theatre and more. So, why do people make art? Can you write down ten different reasons? For example:

  • it makes other people happy
  • to earn money
  • it’s calming

Now, rank your reasons from 1 to 10, where 1 = best reason to make art and 10 = worst reason to make art. See if you can explain why some reasons are better than others.

  • Are there any bad reasons to make art?
  • Are any of the reasons to make are more important during a crisis (like war or a pandemic)?
  • Are any of the reasons to make are less important during a crisis (like war or a pandemic)?

Challenge: do any of these reasons contradict each other?


STEP TWO

Art is often made during times of crisis. It can document what is happening or it might be a way for the artist to express their feelings. Have a look at the art in the PowerPoint. Can you guess which crisis each piece of art relates to?

What are the similarities between the pieces of art? What are the differences?


STEP THREE

Read this quote.

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Do you think the coronavirus has had a positive or negative impact on the arts? How?

Challenge: Do you think the impact, in a year's time, will have been positive or negative? What about in ten year's time?


STEP FOUR

In the following quiz you will find lots of different examples of how the arts are adapting to the lockdown and social distancing measures that have been imposed due to coronavirus. You’ll be asked to give your opinion on them.

When you have taken the quiz…

Do you think the coronavirus has had a positive or negative impact on the arts? How? Can you use the examples to explain your answer?


STEP FIVE

“During the coronavirus, the arts should get more financial support from the government than other sectors”.

This quote means that the arts should get more money from the government than other things, like the police or schools. Do you agree with this statement? Try to come up with three arguments for this statement and three against.

Which side of the argument do you agree with?

Challenge: Is art an imitation of reality? If so, why do people enjoy creating art in times of crisis?


Over to you!

Head to the comments section below to share some of your answers and discuss these activities with people from different schools.

Comments (31)

  • Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg committed_aspect | Portobello High School
    09 Jun 2020

    Thanks for this, it was really good!

    I think that art has been inspired positively because many people will be picking up art during this pandemic but negatively because people are losing money and not getting to show their art.

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  • Compass School Southwark upbeat_watermelon | Compass School Southwark
    12 Jun 2020

    i feel like it is a positive for the arts because more people are forced to do what they enjoy, for example, people are stuck at home and have nothing better to do so they do art: making more and more people closer, however I believe that it is also a negative since artists cannot share their new art with the rest of the world and also cannot make a living off of it. I believe this will ruin people's relationships because they would have nothing to talk about so then more people would stray away from art.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      upbeat_watermelon's comment 12 Jun 2020

      How can artists maintain these relationships with their audience?

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  • Hammond School logo determined_tree | Hammond Junior School E
    12 Jun 2020

    I think that we are all really lucky that technology is more advanced now, because we have the internet to communicate with others, and for example when the plague broke out, we wouldn't have any way to be able to share things without physically interacting with each other; that's what the internet does for us and we can post pictures of our art online, so other people can see it. We are also lucky that we can message and call each other as we can't just go and talk to each other face to face very easily in a pandemic. determined_tree.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      determined_tree's comment 12 Jun 2020

      Well done for using 'because' and 'as' to help you give your reasons, determined_tree. Does being online take anything away from the art?

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      1. Hammond School logo determined_tree | Hammond Junior School E
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 16 Jun 2020

        Thank you. yes, it does, but i guess that doesn't really matter that much because if we have ANY way of showing our art, i think that's all that matters.

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  • Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
    15 Jun 2020

    Challenge: I think that in a year's time, when the pandemic is hopefully not a threat, the arts will be impacted in a positive way because the art you create has come partly from your experiences. After the pandemic artists will look back on their experience of the pandemic and express themselves in different ways, the might express the hardships we've been through, they might express the positives. But the pandemic has also had a negative on the arts as well. Many artists do not have enough money in these times so they can not create new art. In addition to this, cultural institutions are loosing money. Challenge: I think do not think art is an imitation of reality because in art people can express what they what they want the world to be. In art you can express what you feel about the world. However on the other hand, artists imitate reality all the time but express what they feel about it therefore changing it. An artist can alter reality, the can do whatever they want with it through art because it is their art, it is theirs to change. Concluding, I still think that art is not an imitation of reality an artist does not want to imitate reality but express what they think about it and they are free do do what they want with reality. I think that in a time of crisis people enjoy doing art because it takes their mind of the big concerns, it can be relaxing and allows people to express their feelings.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      versatile_molecule's comment 15 Jun 2020

      This is a hopeful way of looking at things - we share your hope that the pandemic has a positive impact in the long term. Also, can you think of an art work that does not imitate reality?

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  • Millbank-logo-250x250.jpg miraculous_badger | Millbank Academy B
    15 Jun 2020

    I believe it does because you cannot feel and see the art in real life. If I was near the painting, I would feel all the emotions in it because I can see it in front of me rather than being on a website. Also,in real life you can really feel the beauty of art and how lovely and emotional it is.

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  • Millbank-logo-250x250.jpg miraculous_badger | Millbank Academy B
    15 Jun 2020

    If I had the option,I would go to the museum to see beautiful art rather than view it in the internet. Sadly, we cannot visit the beauty of art as museums are closed consequently to the covid-19 pandemic.

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  • Millbank-logo-250x250.jpg miraculous_badger | Millbank Academy B
    15 Jun 2020

    In addition, I partially believe in the quote . My reasoning for this is that the NHS should get the most financial support to help overcome the covid-19 pandemic. After they do this, the government should give art museums and other institutions money because they were not able to earn much money as they were all closed. Also, they should do this because the NHS won't need as much money as there will no longer be a pandemic so they will be more safe.

    Thanks for reading,

    miraculous badger.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      miraculous_badger's comment 15 Jun 2020

      Do you think more money should go to the NHS in the long term though, even when the risks of the pandemic decrease?

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  • Millbank-logo-250x250.jpg miraculous_badger | Millbank Academy B
    15 Jun 2020

    Yes, I do think that more money should go to the NHS even when the pandemic's risks decrease because there are obviously constant sicknesses such as flu and colds that people just keep getting and will probably never get removed from the Earth.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg mindful_volcano | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    15 Jun 2020

    I am supportive of the NHS rainbow and also i drew and written thank you poster on my bins for the bin men we put sign on our front door for the post men and women also , my mumu friend is a icu nurse and she was telling my mum how amazing it is driving to work and seeing the posters in peoples windows , she said she found it incouraging to keep her working hard at this difficult time and really cheered her up seeing them all , she said times are dark and gloomy and seeing all the lovely colours and thank yous have enspired her to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      mindful_volcano's comment 15 Jun 2020

      That's really good to hear! Art has really made a different here, then!

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg inspiring_jackfruit | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    15 Jun 2020

    it is good because it makes people do more art and because then it makes it more creative but also learning about the NHS and how they save lives i think, art is cool because it can be shown in different ways .

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg meticulous_twilight | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    15 Jun 2020

    I am against this because I think that it is more important for schools to get more money. I think this because, if they don't get all the money they need, children wont get a proper education and I think that is more important that the arts!

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg entertaining_strawberry | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    16 Jun 2020

    Challenge: Art may be an imitation of reality, such as optical illusions. Optical illusion are to trick the mind into thinking something is there, when it is not. There are also some forms of other visual art, such as abstract. Have you seen the weeping woman? It is an abstract painting made by famous artist, Picasso. It has been made with sharp strokes to create an effect on the viewer. There are also things such as movies and music videos made to give the viewer a certain feeling.
    However, not all art is made to be an imitation of reality. You can paint a still life of an object, such as an: apple, bowl, or even landscapes of places.
    Art can be interpreted in many ways, and people can create it to give a view on a subject.
    Thank you for reading,
    entertaining_strawberry

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg entertaining_strawberry | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    16 Jun 2020

    Here are my opinions to the quiz! (I have explained them too)

    Gareth Malone's new project, an online choir, saw more than 160,000 people join the first rehearsal on YouTube :
    I think this is a positive response to Coronavirus; nearly 200,000 people have joined into a virtual choir online, which is an amzing thing to accomplish and also prevents people being bored in quarantine.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, is expecting that they will lose close to $100 million for the near future due to coronavirus closures.
    I think this is a negative outcome on Coronavirus and quarantine, as a large buisness (that founded in 1870) will lose £100 million US dollars! This is a HUGE downfall in the Metropolitan Museum or Art.

    Thousands of museums and art galleries are allowing internet users to explore their exhibitions online by providing free virtual tours.
    This is a positive reaction to social distancing and quarantine - not only can people still visit well-known history and art, but they can still learn from them and research them via technology.

    Disney, as well as lots of other production companies, has delayed the release of several films, including its blockbuster remake of Mulan and the Marvel film Black Widow.

    This can be thought of as both. It is a dissapointment to viewers, but personally, I think this was a good reaction. If it is not safe to create something, then delaying the process is the right thing to do. For the arts however, it is a downfall.

    The Metropolitan Opera, the USA’s largest performing arts organisation has begun an emergency fund-raising effort to try and cover up to $60 million which it could lose from coronavirus closures.
    I think that this is a good reaction, but it is negative to the arts. The buisness could potentially lose up to $60 million US dollars, and they have to keep an emergancy fund-raiser to keep the money. This is definetley a negative outcome to the arts.

    With lots of artists cancelling the release of new music, Dua Lipa brought forward the release of her new album, Future Nostalgia to the start of lockdown. It has reached number 1 in the album charts.
    This is positive for the arts, because artists are still releasing music to their viewers, when they are not being forced or need to do it! 

    The Cirque du Soleil, the world's biggest circus, has laid off 95% of its workforce and closed all of its global shows as a result of coronavirus.
    Although this is a positive reaction, it is a negative to the circus. almost 100% of the workface, shows and performances have been closed due to Coronavirus, this could lead to money losses and more downsides.

    The British public enjoyed a night of entertainment to raise money for the National Emergencies Trust, Children in Need and Comic Relief. BBC One’s The Big Night In raised over £27,398,675.
    This is postive to not only the arts, but to the Children in Need funds! It is amazing how people can still host a show, raise money, all whilst in these situations.

    Audible has made hundreds of books completely free to help during coronavirus crisis.
    This is positive, as many more people will use and continue to use Audible - this will help Audile get new users, and will help the users enjoy many more things to do!

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      entertaining_strawberry's comment 16 Jun 2020

      A brilliant range of reasons to explain your point of view! Well done. Which one appeals to you the most?

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  • Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg genuine_fern | Portobello High School
    17 Jun 2020

    Here are 2 of my points: FOR: if the artist doesn’t get support, they may have to lay off many more staff and as a result of this, many more people will probably ask for extra money from the government because they have been laid off, so they should just give arts organisations money from the start to make life much easier for everyone. AGAINST: Art isn’t essential, so why should we give it money? We need to give money to organisations who need it for essentials like giving the NHS PPE equipment to fight the coronavirus.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg devoted_signature | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    17 Jun 2020

    Step five:

    If I were to be for this statement then I would say that them people need support because they have passions that could be impossible to do right now by not having supplies, not having enough space or by not being able to certain things .
    Then if I were against this statement I would say that all people need help right now and if people with passions got help from the government then they might be getting more help than police, schools, poor people who need the money more or even the NHS. Now that would be awkward but bad.
    Then I think that the opposing side would then say that there is a good point there but, just saying that some people with passions could be poor, a police, an NHS worker or a teacher too. not all people with a passion are just normal, regular people. Also, maybe some people could be that generous to give there money out or to a charity.
    Then the against side might say there are many people in the world and not many are alike so what amount of money is everyone going to get some people may get less than others and some may get more the people also may not share and be greedy so all the money they get might be spent on other things than equipment and spent on things that they want.

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
      devoted_signature's comment 17 Jun 2020

      Well done for thinking about this statement from lots of different perspectives devoted_signature - I have given you a star! You mention that not many people are alike and so choosing where to spend money is difficult. Is there anything that the government could spend money on that would help everyone? Or the majority of people?

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg fairminded_cat | Noel Park Primary School
    18 Jun 2020

    Has coronavirus had a positive or negative affect on the arts?

    I tried to be open-minded and look at both sides of the argument as well as from the perspective of artists and the general public.

    My first impression was that coronavirus has had a negative impact on the arts. During lockdown, theatres around the world have been closed, museums have been forced to shut their doors and music concerts have been cancelled or rescheduled. This is bad for both the artists and the public, who no longer have the opportunity to go and see shows and exhibits. Research by the Society of London Theatre suggests 70% of theatres will run out of money by the end of 2020 if they are not able to reopen. Think about the number of performers that will be out of a job if that happens! Oxford Economics has warned of 400,000 job losses and a £74bn loss in annual revenue across the arts industry, which is both sad for the individuals involved but also a cultural catastrophe for the whole country!

    I then forced myself to look at the positives. In lockdown, artists have had more time to create their art and become even more creative by varying their materials. I have heard stories of online choirs, concerts and performances, many of which have been put on for free, which is great because it means that people who would not usually be able to go to the theatre are able to access them. There have also been virtual tours of famous museums and galleries to enable people to visit places around the world without ever leaving their houses! It’s also encouraged people to take up new hobbies, such as singing, painting or even learning a musical instrument, therefore increasing interests in the arts for the future.

    References:
    https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2020/jun/17/cultural-catastrophe-uk-theatre-faces-ruin-amid-coronavirus-crisis

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      fairminded_cat's comment 18 Jun 2020

      Excellent and well thought-out reasoning! I am pleased that your open-mindedness helped you think about this further. Do you think in the long-term that that it will have a positive or negative effect?

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  • Hammond School logo appreciative_hurricane | Hammond Junior School D
    19 Jun 2020

    I think that art doesn’t only show how we feel, but expresses it. For example, if an artist colours in blue, this suggests that they might be feeling sad, as blue can be a melancholy colour. Technology has given us a boost, and shown us that we don’t have to always show something face-to-face, and boast about it, but we can just display it online, and not brag. The coronavirus, despite being the unfortunate cause of many deaths, has helped us realise this. It has both a positive and negative affect on the world at large. The positive effects of COVID 19 on artists is that the artists may need a little support, and many people throughout the world are showing different and inspirational shapes on their windows, exhibiting them to the world. Many families are displaying rainbows, for example onto their windows, and doing this for a good cause- to boost everyones hopes to remain positive. But yet to come is the negative affects occurring from it. Many artists may have lost loved ones, and are feeling very blue and not very hopeful. Therefore, I urge you to help them deliver their goodness throughout the world. They have inspired us, now we need to inspire them to make them feel orange- energetic, enthusiasm, warmth and vibrant.
    Thank you for reading,
    appreciative_hurricane.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      appreciative_hurricane's comment 19 Jun 2020

      Good reasoning here, appreciative_hurricane!

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  • Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg energetic_philosophy | Portobello High School
    22 Jun 2020

    The corona virus has been bad for the arts because artists don't have enough money to sell and make art. The virtual museum tours are good for old people and disabled people who might not get to visit them otherwise. Same for the online choir. So overall I think it has been hard for the arts but it has meant a lot more people can access the arts that couldn't do before.

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  • Hammond School logo determined_tree | Hammond Junior School E
    23 Jun 2020

    Ingredients to be an artist
    Passion - you have to care about your work
    Creativity - you have to have your own original ideas and not copy other people - innovation
    Emotion
    Perseverance and practise - Have to keep on practising your art, have to have a willingness to listen to people's feedback about your art to improve your work, be open to ideas
    Have to be satisfied/happy with your own work
    If you want to sell your art, you need to be able to respond to what people like
    You don't have to show your art or sell your art in order to be an artist - you can just do it to please yourself.
    You have to be able to stand up to people because some people won't like your art. Have to be able to accept that not everyone will like your art. People will always criticise but you just have to ignore them.

    Quote - if you don't see one, you can't be one.
    I think it means if you don't see art, you can't be an artist e.g. if you don't see plays you can't be a theatre actor. I don't necessarily agree with this but I think it does make it harder.

    Can anyone be a professional artist?
    Yes but to be professional, you have to sell your work. It takes training to be good at art but anyone can do it with training. Everyone has creativity and can learn to use it. Some people use their creativity and others don't. It depends how you are brought up - if everyone around you does the same thing, you might do the same thing too. If you live in a pretty place, you might be inspired to draw flowers etc.

    Can everyone access art?
    Not everyone can because theatres are expensive and not everyone can afford it. There are free virtual gallery tours but not everyone has devices or has access to the internet so not everyone can access these sites, even if they are free. You might not be able to get to places which show art, especially in developing countries. If you don't live in the city, you might not be able to get to theatres and galleries unless you get the bus. For disables people, some old buildings don't have ramps and you can't add them and don't have wide enough doorways.

    How should you make it more inclusive/whose responsibility is it?
    Theatres should have to give better disables access. You could ask them or the government could make laws. There could be a charity set up to bring workshops to people who can't easily access art. Could appeal to government for funding for the charity, or crowdfunding or schools pay if they can afford it. Could do music workshops for people who can't see. Could have free theatre in developing countries which is funded by foreign governments and people who are richer.
    Government have responsibility because they control the country. They can make laws and decide what to spend money on. They could make laws which make galleries and theatres showcase art from people like women and black people.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      determined_tree's comment 23 Jun 2020

      Wow! I really like your practical suggestions about increasing how inclusive the arts are! If you were going to create a piece of art about this, what would you make and why?

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg gregarious_moon | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    26 Jun 2020

    During Lockdown you might get a bit bored so it is a good idea to have hobbies! Art is a great hobby to get into, it is creative in many ways and is a really positive and active. My nanny did a art class for us, is was a so fun and it even inspired me to carry on with art so now I have a art display in my bedroom! When I do art I feel like I am in the mood of the world of the painting. With art you can create your own world and it is yours! I am going to challenge you BNC, to make a piece of art that you are proud of and give it a name. Let mind run free and remember art is creative!

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