Ten Media-Arts Activities for Teen Girls
90% of the world’s schools are closed in efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Social distancing and isolation are very difficult for teens. As Janine Defao writes in Bay Area Parent, “During adolescence, it’s their developmental job to individuate from us. They’re trying to grow their autonomy and sense of freedom. Being trapped at home with their parents makes them feel infantilized.”
Simple and Fun Arts Activities
At Girls’ Voices Matter, we created a list of 10 media-arts activities to help teen girls use this enforced at-home time creatively.
- Start a visual diary: every day, take a photo and write a few sentences about the photo.
- Bonus idea: print the photographs and paste them into a journal. Date each entry and write about your day.
- Film interviews where you ask family members about their childhoods. Add still shots of photographs and narration.
- Movie reviews: watch several movies by the same director. Write short reviews about the movies.
- Bonus idea: film yourself reading your review. Add sound effects and special effects using film-editing software such as iMovie or Adobe Premiere Pro.
- Make a quarantine time capsule. Add photographs, notes, and newspaper articles. Write a date several years into the future and don’t open it until then. You could also make lists of how the family spent its time during the coronavirus.
- Try out some of the video games we evaluated starring strong girls and women.
- Make a cooking video: film yourself putting together your favorite recipe. At the end, film yourself and family members enjoying the food you made.
- Make a poetry video: take photos or video and add your own words to create a short video.
- Take a virtual tour of a museum. The British Museum, The Guggenheim, and The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC have all put collections online during the pandemic. Here’s a list of twelve museums with online collections.
- Sign up for Ted Talks for Teens, which offers a large variety of educational videos, including the arts, health and literature.
- If you have a dog or a cat, make a “talking pet” video. Here’s a how-to with some sample videos.
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