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?
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?
Read this quote.
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?
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?
“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!
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