Barking and Dagenham art students document coronavirus lockdown experiences with set of ‘fantastic’ images

PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 July 2020

Games console controller also by Samuel Dean, 17, from Dagenham.

Games console controller also by Samuel Dean, 17, from Dagenham.


A series of pictures have been produced by youngsters illustrating their experiences of the coronavirus.

Butterfly and flowers by Tasnim Maleha, 17, from Dagenham.Butterfly and flowers by Tasnim Maleha, 17, from Dagenham.

Students from Barking and Dagenham College used some of their time during lockdown to produce the artworks as part of a Covid Visual Diaries project.

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Art and design tutor Hayley Young said: “I wanted to encourage my students to develop their visual observation and mark making skills so I decided to set them a task to draw the objects that they could see in their lockdown space.

“I hoped that this would encourage them to use this strange situation in a positive way and build on their skills.”

Face mask also by Samuel Dean.Face mask also by Samuel Dean.

The results have been a series of images celebrating ordinary objects with pictures ranging from face masks, games consoles and flowers to butterflies, board games and gardens.

Hayley added: “It’s been a great way for the students to creatively document what they’ve been going through.”

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