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A keen eye for art

Find an interest then share your enthusiasm with your friends. There’s more to art than you might think.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • A4 paper
  • Scissors
  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • Clean items of recycling

Before you begin

  • This activity has three parts. The first and second should take about 10 minutes (plus time at home), the third about 15 minutes for each artist, and the fourth about half an hour for each artist.
  • Not everyone will want to do this badge, and that’s OK. It may be nice for everyone to do ‘Choose your art’ together, so they get a feel for the badge, but then others may want to work on something else (for example, the Musician Staged Activity Badge or Photographer Activity Badge) instead.
  • People will be ready to ‘Share the interest’ at different times. You may want to limit it to one or two people each meeting so it doesn’t get overwhelming. Make sure to leave enough time (you could start by trying about 15 minutes for each person) – it’s up to you whether you do it at the beginning or end.
  • The final part of this activity (‘Create art’) could be done at home or during a meeting. People who aren’t working towards this badge could get on with another craft or help the artists.

Choose your art

  1. The person leading the activity should explain that according to the dictionary, art is the ‘expression of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power’.
  2. Everyone should work together to think of examples of art forms. Art isn’t limited to painting and drawing – people could think about music (including pop and rap), sculpture, theatre, cinema, architecture, dancing, or anything else similar.
  3. Everyone should take a piece of A4 paper and cut it into six roughly equal pieces.
  4. Everyone should write something they’re interested in at the top of each piece of paper.
  1. Everyone should try to write how each interest involves ‘human creative skill and imagination’. If an interest doesn’t involve human creative skill and imagination, they should put the piece of paper to one side.
  2. Everyone should try to write how people may do each of their remaining activities socially and where they may go to do it.
  3. Everyone should look at their remaining pieces of paper. They should have some ideas of what they could use as their art form.

Get enthusiastic

  1. Everyone should think about how they’ll explore the art form or interest they chose. They may want to chat about their ideas in small groups.
  1. Each artist will need to make two visits connected to their interest. They should think about where they’d like to go and what they’ll collect to show people.
  2. Each artist will also need to show that they know a lot about a particular topic that’s part of their interest (for example, a particular artist or performance). They should think about what they’d like to explore.
  3. Finally, each artist will need to make a list of major events, exhibitions, or venues connected with their subject.

Share the interest

  1. The artist should bring in any items connected to their visits or topic.
  1. Everyone should sit in a circle. They should carefully pass the artist’s items around the circle.
  1. People should take it in turns to guess what the items are and why they’re important.
  2. The artist should use their guesses to start discussing their items. They should talk about both of the visits they made, as well as the details of their topic.

Create art

  1. Each artist should collect pictures related to the list of major events, exhibitions, or venues they made during ‘Get enthusiastic’. They should spread out the images so they can see them all at once.
  2. Each artist should look at the pictures and choose an item that symbolises what they love about the interest. It could be a sign, a building, or a particular item of clothing.
  3. Each artist should gather things from their interest that they’re happy to turn into a craft, for example, photos, tickets, leaflets, or drawings. They should lay it all out along with the clean recycling.
  4. Each artist should use the materials (plus clean recycling) to craft the item they chose in step two. They could try to use environmentally friendly ways to connect things together such as string or washi tape (or making slots for things to connect).
  5. Each artist should show their finished craft to a small group. They should explain what item they’ve made and what they made it from. They should tell people why they care about their interest, as well as how their craft represents some of the events, exhibitions, or venues on their list.

Reflection

This activity was all about trying new things. Did people already know lots about the interest they chose? Did anyone learn anything new or go to new places? Why is it important to be willing to learn and try new things?

This activity was also about communicating as people shared their interest with others. How many different ways of communicating did people use in this activity? They spoke to people, used items and photos, and also made a craft. Some people may also have used emails (or phone calls) to arrange visits or find out information. Did people find that using items made it easier to talk about their interest? Was creating a model a useful way to communicate and share information?

Safety

Scissors

Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.