Doorstep Despacito

From 8 July to 2 September, the Despacito Art School is piloting a weekly programme of activities online and on the streets of Cliftonville under the name Doorstep Despacito. Our activities are also open to other young people and families who live further afield via weekly sheets to complete from home, downloadable from the website. This summer we will creatively explore how we are experiencing life at the moment in this ever strange and shifting situation.

Doorstep Despacito is led by OSE alumni Coral Brookes and Sarah Karen with OSE team member Ayaan Bulale (aka Miss Ayaan).

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Wednesday 8 July 2020: Manifesto

For the first week, we will start by building a map/manifesto of what life looks like for us at the moment and what we can do together over the next few weeks. How do you cope and work with others in the current situation?

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Wednesday 15 July 2020: Otherworldly outfits

This week we will focus on thinking about how clothes/costume can make us behave, protect us and perform in different ways. We will explore this through making playful Personal Protective Equipment.

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Wednesday 22 July 2020: Sound and vision

This week we will think about storyboards creating frames to share our stories. We will then move on to use sound to score these snapshots of our lives.

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Wednesday 29 July 2020: Chopping and changing

Carrying on from last week, we will interpret our sound scores to create bold visual motifs which will then come together in the form of a collaborative textile.

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Wednesday 5 August 2020: Break time

No session this week as we evaluate how Doorstep Despacito is going and we make changes for the last four weeks if needed.
See you all next week!


Wednesday 12 August 2020: Cliftonville cooks

All things food! We will think about what we like to eat at the moment, what we eat frequently with our families, our favourites and how we might like to share this with others. We will make a zine recipe books!

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Wednesday 19 August 2020: Animated spaces part 1

Reusing scrap material, objects and plasticine we will create small sets of our lives from the last couple of months and animate with simple stop motion techniques.

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Wednesday 26 August 2020: Animated spaces part 2

This week we will continue our stop motion, developing our animations and further developing our characters, scripts and narrative.

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Wednesday 2 September 2020: Time machine

We will end Doorstep Despacito with making sculptural pieces that act as time machines to talk to civilisations in the future about something about recent events/experiences and what we have done in the past two months.

This session has been moved to Wednesday 9 September.

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