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CashBack Week 2!

It’s certainly been a quick 2 weeks for the Cashback teams! Here is a round up on what the groups got up to on their second week.

The Music group have been working on some more in depth song writing, specifically lyrics, and how to use and play around with an app called Bandlab. They had some great one to one sessions with a few of the young people who were relaxed enough to have some conversations around lyrical content and how that can relate to their own issues.

It is great to hear that the young people are really coming out of their shells and are finding the confidence to make the most of the project.

The Digital team started of their week with a clay workshop! The participants each created a clay talisman to keep by their bed/on their desk to warn off evil spirits and bring them good luck. The talismans took the form of their favourite animals, lucky charms, and patterned shapes that can be hung by a string.

They also continued to explore the CashBack themes focusing on solidarity and unity. The young people got talking about activism and different movements for social change that they feel passionate about. Designing posters to put in their windows to show solidarity. Themes included; LGBTQ+ rights, Black Lives Matter, Climate Change, and Diet Culture.

They finished off the week by learning how to use Gouache paints, making paintings of nature and wildlife.

Both Performance groups have been super busy over the past week! The younger group had a great week of activity and keen engagement from those joining the sessions. They wrote letters to, someone in the community and about something personal to them; emotion/pet-hate etc.

This brought both beautiful and humorous writing. The young people engaged in the idea so well and chose fabulous recipients for great reasons, for their first letter and important ones for their second.

They also took part in a script-writing workshop, which was requested by some of the budding writers in the group.

Tutor, Karen, also got them looking at genre and characters and then channelling real-life characteristics, personalities and applying them to real-life situations. She found this offers good “training” to our brains to free up the imagination and it certainly seemed to do so for those taking part.

The older performance group have a great core of 5-7 young people that are consistently engaging in each session, which is fantastic. They have been spending the sessions bonding as a group; drawing, writing, discussing, listening to music and watching some spoken word poetry videos. They found making it more relaxed for the young people allowed the group to overcome the distance that the online facilitating creates.

One of the young people also facilitated one of the exercises for the group, where they used an online random word generator and everyone had write a couple of sentences inspired or based on a random word. Following that the pieces of writing were anonymously and randomly shared to other young people who then had to continue the story that someone else had written. After the beginning of each story was written by person A, the middle by person B and then passed to person C who would finish the story. At the end of the workshop each person had a little story that was written by 2 more people as well as themselves but nobody knew who was who. The challenge for the day was to take this little story and make it part of the character they created last week. For some that meant that the story became a monologue, a dream or the character became part of the story, in every single case their work and imagination concurred!

They finished off their week with a reflection on the themes of this year Cashback; solidarity, identity, unity. After a very interesting discussion between the tutors and the young people where they all reflected on what the words meant to them, and how they feel about them. They took one word at the time and started non-stop writing. A very challenging exercise, writing for 4 minutes straight but they all did amazingly!

The Visual groups also had another great week. With the younger group making some beautiful tissue paintings. Tissue painting is where you stick tissue to paper using water, let it dry then pull off the tissue to reveal the marks left by the ink in the paper. They also had a really fun Facebook live on their private group, making fluffy spiders and webs for them to hang out on. Not only that but they but they have begun working towards their dynamic youth awards…go team visual!

For the 16-19 group, it was all about learning to build with cardboard. They talked about how to shape cardboard and make joins, with some great pieces being made. Including a windmill, an elephant, a rose and a 3D self-portrait. They also spent time looking at how artists plan 3D work and how to make maquettes (mini models) which they photographed in different locations. Everyone is really showing their styles and interests and have started to share some great ideas around the theme of Identity, Solidarity and Unity!

What a week it’s been for the groups, with the young people going from strength to strength. They are now flying off in to week 3 and the plans for the big showcase begin! The showcase will be taking place on Impact Arts Facebook page on Thursday 30th July, where you will be able hear from the young people themselves and see everything they have been up to over the past 4 weeks. Check back here for more information on the showcase.

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