Covid-19 and the lockdown has resulted in a significant change to our daily lives and had an unprecedented impact on our freedom – something many of us have never experienced before.
The role of the arts has been crucial in this time – we have seen people singing together from balconies, music artists collaborating online and performing from their own homes, free theatre shows being shown on TV, drama’s being written and performed in peoples own homes and collaborative online dances that have united communities across the world.
The My Lockdown project gives you the opportunity to tell your lockdown story, or share your views about the impact of Coronavirus. We would like to share some of the best work online as part of our online ‘My Lockdown Showcase’, on Youtube, Instagram and Twitter – Please let your teacher know if you don’t want your work to be shared online. The project also gives you the freedom to choose which artform to create your response: art, dance, drama or music. We want your submissions to form part of the history of our school – something we can all look back at many years later to remember what the lockdown was like for the students and teachers at Fred Longworth. The deadline for the project is Friday 26th June.
This short video explains the project in more detail. Please watch this first.
Once you have watched the intro, you will need to make a decision about which artform/subject you will use to create your work. The information below, provides some more guidance and contains links to examples for each subject.
Remember, you only need to choose one project which will make up the whole of your home learning for the arts, but that means we are expecting some amazing work!
Project Brief & examples of lockdown art: Art My Lockdown Project
Project Brief: Choreograph and perform a piece of dance that expresses your experiences of lockdown. Film your performance and upload it to Show My Homework, or upload it to OneDrive to share with your teacher.
The following links contain examples of lockdown dances:
Project Brief: Create a monolgue, piece of drama or physical theatre that explores your own experiences of lockdown. You could collaborate virtually with other students to create your work.
The following examples are from a play created by US High School Students, called ’10 Ways To Survive Quarantine’
The following are examples of physical theatre performances for an online Frantic Assembly project:
There are 3 different projects you could complete in music:
Project 1: Performance
Choose one of the tracks below. Learn the parts on an instrument or learn the vocal line. Play/sing along to the track and record yourself on your phone. Send it to your teacher so we can make a mash-up of Freddies students performing the tracks. You must have the track playing in headphones as you play/sing along with the track so that everyone plays at the same speed and we can sync all of the videos.
Project 2: Composition
Compose and perform your own original lockdown song/instrumental/rap. This can be performed on any instrument. You might want to create your own backing track using technology or perform it live (for example, using chords on an instrument and sing or play the melody line). This option is open to interpretation – be as creative as you can!
Here are some examples of songs created about lockdown:
The Family Lockdown Boogie:
You Taught Me What Love Is (BGT)
Project 3: Technology
Using the samples taken from speeches about the Coronavirus Pandemic, create a track using Ableton Live (available free here for a 90 day trial), or any other DAW software that you have access to. Mr Corrigan has created a folder with extracts of speeches and some beats to start with – Feel free to use these and find more of your own to create your track. Click here to go to the sample folder (You will need to be signed in to Office 365 to access the files). Be creative!