Feeling creative but not sure what to make? Head over to Maker Camp for some ideas and inspiration, using every day objects you can find at home.
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What is an active monologue?
Try this monologue: CS Lewis – Eustace (from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader)
Here are some ideas and themes you can use to help you get started, but you can also let your imagination run wild if you like. Be creative, maybe use a black and white setting or if you have a phone, use filters to achieve different effects!
Take photographs that reflect how you feel about social distancing. Maybe a series of photographs that show a day in the life of your isolation. You could take a photograph each hour to show the different activities that take up your day. See this article with photos of photographer Lauryn Hottinger who got bored during self-isolation.
Window on the World
Choose a window and photograph what you see out of it at different times of the day. Do this over a few days or nights. You can then build into a collage of work.
If you have access to an outdoor space or even a window box, take some photographs of plants or flowers. You could even zoom in to show the close up details.
Either self-portraits or using other people you are isolating with, photograph a series of different emotions, investigate how feelings can be shown, either close up or maybe in a group.
If you choose Photography you will be taking a lot of photographs. You can enter the one you are most proud of for the competition. Your photographs could end up in a book, or on a mug or t-shirt!
You can use everyday objects to make some very cool photos – download the tutorial here and you can produce some great results!
Let’s start with an artist some of you might have heard of and most of you will not have heard of before: M. C. Escher. He was a Dutch artist who made amazing pieces of art that play with our eye (optical illusions) and he made art based on maths. We call this tessellation. Have a look at the PowerPoint and the tasks below. If you want to do more, or a task is a bit too hard, feel free to print out a colouring page instead!
As we all know, most people are at home at this time. However, we also know that there are a lot of people still working very hard; the keyworkers or essential workers. Most people think of the NHS for instance. There are many artists who have started to pay tribute to the essential workers, giving them praise and thanking them. Have a look at this example made by Mr Robinson.
Now it is your turn. For the first exercise have a look at the PowerPoint. For extra things to do, see the colouring page, made by sir Michael Craig-Martin.
Some of you will just have finished a comic project. But no problem! If you have chosen comic design, we can continue with what you have made already, or start a new one! This time we will be looking more towards storytelling. A comic is after all a story in pictures.
Task one will look at storytelling and at how to create a character with a strong backstory.
Task two will look further into how to draw characters, specifically the eyes, the face, and different emotions.
- Comic Design – Storytelling, Part One
- Comic Design – Storytelling, Part Two
- Comic Design – Storytelling, Part Three
- Six Tips to Create Characters
- Top 10 Techniques to Create Panels/Page Layouts
When it comes to game design, in the beginning it is not too different from comics design. For both you need to have a story and you need to have characters to move in that story.
To start your games design, you will have a look at designing characters (part 1) and at how the respond to things in your game (part 2). For part 2 you might want to add ideas like fortnight dances, a victory move, a losing move, a special jump move, etc.
Also have a think already where your game takes place. What do the surroundings look like? Are there different levels that look different? What is the story behind this?