Art and Lockdown
Art and Lockdown
By Jonny, Amenities Technician
Whether it be a Rainbow for a window, a picture drawn for a family member self isolating, or putting on a show for the household, children county wide have been putting their artistic talents to good use. With so much time spent in the home setting, it is plain to see that children can be some of the most prone to suffer from “cabin fever”.
Technology can be a fantastic tool to distract them from the monotony of Lockdown, however, I am of the opinion that there is a limited amount of growth that can come out of watching; kids YouTube, Netflix and playing video games. (He types while his sons watch tv)
But there are other forms of escapism that we can offer them, that has the chance to occupy them for potentially long periods of time, immerse them in a world of creativity and imagination, improve dexterity, hand eye coordination and receive the elation of being praised for their hard work, one of these being “art”, in its many forms. The key to all of this, as in anything, is to engage their interest.
The link below just goes to show some of the other evidence based benefits that art can have on us as individuals and the wider social spectrum.
Art and play time. (The theatre)
Children will already be throwing themselves into forms of art though “theatre”, as we did in our youth. I vividly remember how I would be running around the house on a rainy day, while my mum was downstairs, casting myself as a character like Rambo, Conan the Barbarian or even Flash Gordon. My children now do the same, my six year old is often a Power Ranger or Ninja, and my 3 year old likes to play Mummies and Daddies or fighting monsters. Now I am often the recipient of a VIP pass at such venues as, “The living room, in ten minutes” or “Our bedroom, when it’s all set up”, where we will enjoy watching the most fantastic shows that often make next to no sense.
Children creating a show for the family takes next to no resources, props are easily made from household items and extra cast members can be made up in the form of teddy bears and soft toys.
This is a great activity that will build meaningful memories for a family and can be filmed for them to look back on in the years to come.
Painting and drawing. (Not just for children)
I will address the elephant in the room straight off. There are some who seem to have a natural talent and some who don’t. This does not mean that we can’t still have fun with it. Those of us who have played Pictionary with a partner who can’t draw, will realise that it can quickly descend into fits of laughter for the whole group
I have no formal training in art but I enjoy the process of drawing something from start to finish, it leaves me with a feeling of accomplishment every time I complete a doodle or painting.
Painting for children and adults alike has been proven to improve mental health and wellbeing, as shown in the link HERE
Children are generally easy to cater for when it come to drawing and painting, girls typically like to draw things like unicorns, flowers and mermaids (the creators). Boys (the destroyers) typically like dinosaurs, monsters and superheroes. Colouring in is also great fun for kids and activates their brains in ways we take for granted as adults. For example, choosing colours for items of clothing that we as adults consider elementary.
For the adults amongst us, what do we have to lose? If you are dubious we can save it up for a Friday or Saturday evening and draw a portrait of our partners, friends on the internet or even our pets, this can be a very amusing activity when done together with the aid of a bottle of wine. I often listen to a podcast or audio book as I draw or paint, as I can learn something new while I work.
Paper, pens, basic paint sets, chalk and pencils are normally already a feature of the home and if not are easily sourced when doing your essential shopping.
The next lockdown review is still some way off as I write this piece, so we have an opportunity to try different things from home that we may not normally give much thought about.
I have written this with an aim to get people to realise their undiscovered potential for self growth. We are all guilty of procrastination, but there are moments in it that we can bring out a positive result.
So why not give it a go.