Top Art Picks from Students During Lockdown
What are you reading, watching, listening to, playing or creating that is feeding your soul? English teachers asked freshmen this question recently in Living History, a unit about life during the coronavirus.
They used a quote from artist Jishnu Bando to guide students' reflections: “As you binge watch your thirteenth entire series or read a book or sleep to music, remember. Remember that in the darkest days when everything stopped, you turned to artists.”
This sampling of responses shows the diversity of ways students are finding enjoyment, intellectual stimulation, entertainment, escapism, and connection during life on lockdown.
"Dear Evan Hanson" soundtrack
"One piece of art that I have turned to during this time is the cast recording/ album of 'Dear Evan Hansen.' Whenever I listen to the soundtrack it puts me in a good mood. The moral of the story is that no one is alone. The only way we can get through this pandemic is if everyone is here for each other and does their part." -Alexa Tuchman
"A type of creativity that has brought me comfort during this pandemic is cooking. I love to cook and I use recipes from a variety of different people: Gordan Ramsey, Ina Garten, Jaime Oliver, as well as my family's recipes. It’s enjoyable to all talk and work on making food together. It makes me so happy to see my whole family together laughing and having fun." - Holden Sussman
"I have been listening to a lot of music during quarantine. The piece that has affected me the most is an orchestra recording 'Circinus' by Shirl Jae Atwell. We are playing this piece in orchestra right now. I think that this rendition of the piece is beautiful, and it is really relaxing to play along with. I like to turn it all the way up in my headphones so that when I play, all I can feel is my bow moving and all I can hear is the full orchestra as if I was still back at school. (I play the cello by the way). I am sad that it is unlikely that I will get to perform this piece with our orchestra back at school this year but I am still very grateful that I can play music at home." -Sylvia Berger
“O” by Coldplay
"This is one of my favorite songs, as it is calming to me. This song reminds me that the people I have lost will always be with me in my heart. The song can also pertain to friends and family that I am unable to be with during the pandemic, since I know we will eventually meet up when the pandemic comes to an end. Listening to this song can oftentimes help me feel reinvigorated if I am feeling stressed or tired." - Joseph Klettner
"Chelsea Cutler is my favorite singer. Her music makes me smile and I enjoy listening to her songs. She is the one person who I can listen to no matter what mood I'm in. I can be upset, totally hyped up or just hanging out and no matter what, the vibe and mood of her music makes it so I can enjoy it at any time. She radiates positivity and continues to inspire people like me." - Isabella Assumma
"I chose Fortnite, a video game, Since we cannot leave our homes, when I am done with my school work I like to go on Fortnite. I can play with my friends who I haven’t seen and it reminds me of a couple months ago when everything was normal. " Chris Marchini
"Where the Red Fern Grows"
"I could have read this classic a couple years ago but I thought now would be a perfect time to crack it open and read it! I picked it up in my garage from my Dad’s old things and he told me it was one of his favorites so I gave it a try. It has resonated with me because of its plot and characters. The plot is peaceful, in the mountains and countryside." -Mia Puccio
"Star Wars: The Clone Wars"
"Over the course of the last few weeks, I have been watching 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars.' The reason I chose to watch this series during the coronavirus pandemic is because I wanted to watch something light that would make me smile. I used to watch the show as a kid, so it’s also nostalgic for me." -Sydney Rossi