Our starting point was Robert Johnson and his pact with the devil via the soundtrack of the iconic film ‘The Blues Brothers’. We looked at the connections between the myth, legend and musical traditions in Europe and Africa and how they were transposed and integrated into those of the USA to create the musical family tree celebrated by Jack Black in ‘School of Rock’.
Each group of students chose a musical clan descended from the Blues in the USA and created a set of playing cards. The groups had to collaborate to create cards that were united but also reflected what made each artist chosen unique. Creating the visual identity for the sets of cards encouraged debate and discussion about the layout, colour and symbolism.