Richer Lives Arts Award - Langholm Academy
Part A - Week 2: Local emerging film-based artist Sian Yeshe visit. Sian gave presentation of her previous work, explaining her influences which included a short film about UKs underground hip hop scene and it's links with community/deprivation. Students then made short clips using mobile phone cameras.
Park A - Week 3: Documentary-making. The class watched 'Living on One Dollar' documentary which focuses on a small group of economics students who decided to try to live on the same budget as people living in rural Guatemala. They filmed their progress as they attempted to make ends meet, meeting villagers who try various ways of finding their way out of poverty eg education and enterprise. The group made a written response to this session.
Movie Night - Class watching 'Living on One Dollar' documentary
Part A - Week 4: Realism Photography with 'For Enjoyment CIC'. The group looked briefly at examples of iconic portraits which depict the human/emotional side of poverty & deprivation. Focusing on b&w photography, FEJ's course leaders Frank and Jamie led a practical workshop in the area around the school, encouraging the group to take 'realism' shots of each other than portrait human vulnerability and emotion - using composition, angles and expression/body language to convey feeling.
Behind the scenes shots:
Part B - Week 5: Creative Education presentation, University of Cumbria. Students found out about the Graphics & Illustration course, looking at types of projects students work on and the kind of jobs/employment opportunities it could lead to. Dwayne Bell Illustration workshop www.dwayne-bell.com - course leader showed the group his own work, particularly his sketchbooks, which he draws in every day. The class participated in a sketch-based activity, making photocopy portraits of each other with pen and coloured paper collage.
Part B - Week 6: Visit from mixed media artist/illustrator Emily Tough - the class were given a presentation outlining Emily's background and creative practice. Following this, Emily led the group in a practical session where, using the same materials as Emily, they created then photographed their own 3d puppet characters.
Part B - Week 9: Arts Organisation OutPost Arts participatory session. Local arts organisation OutPost Arts made a short presentation about their background and main aims. The group then took part in a participatory session where they took on the role of an arts organisation, making funding and project planning decisions.