Making the curriculum anti-war
Young people are being invited by artists to put an end to war, as a finale to the commemoration of the end of the First World War.
In a 14-18 NOW initiative, students aged 16 to 18 have been invited by the artist Bob and Roberta Smith (pictured) to “Make Art Not War” with creative work within the curriculum across any media – art, writing, photography, design, theatre or film – responding to the question “What does peace mean to you?” Modules have been devised to work with A-level and other courses.
Among the resources available to them are the short films by artists from across the 14‐18 NOW programme, including Jeremy Deller, Rachel Whiteread and Yinka Shonibare.
"14‐18 NOW has commissioned leading artists from around the world to create new works for the First World War Centenary” said Jenny Waldman, director of 14‐18 NOW. “Now we invite the next generation to respond creatively to the Armistice and the possibility of peace. The arts are a powerful catalyst for young people's engagement with the world, and millions of young people have seen or participated in 14‐18 NOW projects. Now we ask students to take the lead and create their own work with high quality resources designed to develop essential creative skills."
We're very excited to be working with @BobandRoberta on #MakeArtNotWar, which launches today! #MakeArtNotWar asks 16-18 year-olds to make art that responds to the question "what does peace mean to you?" https://t.co/FxOH1J6Xy3 pic.twitter.com/NNPpMjQ4Bl— 14-18 NOW (@1418NOW) 5 November 2018
The end of the war marked the start of the Child Art Movement, a holistic and arts‐rich approach to learning championed by educationalists of the time. According to the World Economic Forum, by 2020 creativity will be in the top three most important skills alongside complex problem solving and critical thinking.
A programme has been devised with Professor Bill Lucas of the University of Winchester and the former CEO of Creative & Cultural Skills, Pauline Tambling. It offers brand new curriculum resources designed specifically for assessment within A Level English, art & design and geography. A bespoke artist mentoring programme rolls out this autumn across the leadership colleges of the National Skills Academy Creative and Cultural, and targeted curriculum materials are designed for inclusion in UAL awarding Body diplomas, A Levels and the extended project qualification, enabling over 50,000 students as the programme unfolds.
“For me, creativity is a fundamental life skill and art is a force for change” said Bob and Roberta Smith, the pseudonym of the artist Patrick Brill.“Make Art Not War is about fuelling young people across the country to find confidenc e in their voice, to be bold, to be original and to express their ideas and opinions. I think peace is a process that requires all our imaginations. Our project aims to inspire a new generation of young people to 'get involved' in building a better world.”