Key Question: Why do we create artwork or perform plays?
- Do you like creating things to communicate ideas, emotions, beliefs, experiences?
- What art forms have you enjoyed using?
- How can different art forms help you express yourself?
Consider together how important messages are communicated e.g. at home, at school, in the community, government, places of worship. What role do the arts play in this?
In groups identify and list examples of different art forms they have experienced either as a participator or consumer, why the artforms were used and what messages were being communicated through them and their impact? (gather as diverse a range of examples as possible, e.g. visual art, poetry, music, song, dance, drama and mime, story-telling)
- What different art forms are used by friends and family to communicate important messages and beliefs for example greetings cards, songs, visual art, stories in books, theatre and film?
- What art forms are used by communities to communicate beliefs, values, hopes, dreams?
- How does the sphere of advertising or journalism use different artforms to communicate their messages or stories?
Key Question: How do you communicate important messages? What role can the arts play?
Pairs of pupils have a card each with either a virtue or the opposite, a vice, for example ‘love’ or ‘hate’ and are asked to think about how they could communicate the significance of the theme to others using a different artform for example, visual art, dance, poetry, song, music, drama. Ideas are shared with the group.
- Which art forms worked most effectively to communicate the message about the virtue or the vice?
- What differences might there be between describing the significance of the virtue or vice in words and using different art forms to do so?
- If Jesus is the most important person in history for Christians, why and how might they use the arts to communicate about him and impact of his life on people?
- What art forms other than the written word might Christians use to communicate beliefs and teachings that they think are important?