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Anyone's DC doing Arts Award, 'Discover' level?

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Lovage Tue 11-Nov-14 21:14:16

So DS1(8) has come back from school all enthusiastic about this programme. I've never heard of it before but it seems to be any 'arty' thing they like (music, painting, film-making, photography, dance etc.). It has three parts - doing the actual thing, finding out about an artist in that area and sharing their experiences with others. It's run by Trinity college London and the Arts Council England. The website is here www.artsaward.org.uk/site/?id=64, but it looks really broad and I'm not much wiser.

DS is very keen but doesn't seem to know what 'arts' thing to do it in relation to, despite having had the first session at school with the teacher in charge of it. He already does music (guitar mainly) so it seems a bit of a waste to do it in relation to that. Although on the other hand, he's not currently doing exams in guitar so I suppose it would be an alternative way of getting a piece of paper for that. But that seems like cheating somehow! Or a bit of a waste of an opportunity to do something new, anyway.

I think I'm struggling to understand what kind of standard or level it has to be or how big a piece of work it needs to be. But maybe I'm missing the point and it doesn't matter - just anything arty is the thing?

Anyone able to enlighten me?

plasticinemachine Wed 19-Nov-14 18:28:37

It is very difficult getting information on this award which is clear! I think it is very broad and emphasis on tasks will probably depend on the person running the award. Personally I like that it is broad and flexible as it allows kids to really flex their creativity, but I am also aware this makes it rather vague!
I'm sure the teacher will help to direct your son though. I wouldn't be too concerned with bits of paper & proof of learning or whatever, just encourage your son to do what he feels inspired to do!
Discover is aimed at 5-11 year olds and they will complete it in around 6 weeks to 6 months. The children will produce a body of work, maybe a portfolio or similar for evidence. Though I'm not so sure how it works for music.
Discover is being run by various museums too & looks like a logbook on various artefacts is completed using various art forms.
Sorry not very helpful, but I have been researching it for a while & am none the wiser! I am going on the discover course in Feb thoughsmile

nonicknameseemsavailable Wed 19-Nov-14 20:00:46

strangely I had never heard of it when I read your post the other day, then today I walked past a sign saying they were offering it at a local children's art and creativity group. it LOOKED from the bit I read that they will be offering a series of different workshops from dance to art and other stuff (can't remember - sorry) and that if the children took part in the different activities then it could be put together for this. So it IMPLIED to me and also from looking at the website that children can do a bit of this and a bit of that and a bit of something else to make their portfolio rather than having to do any one thing in any depth. So I wonder if he could perhaps do a sketch and a painting or model of something, then try playing different instruments, perhaps making some percussion instruments or tapping glasses filled with different amounts of water or something and take some pictures etc, stick them in a folder and use that? I could be very wrong but that seems to be what others have done.

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