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Welcome to BCMG’s Arts Award Discover resource. Through the activities and guidance in this section you will be able to complete your Arts Award Discover remotely. You do not need to have a musical instrument to complete your Arts Award and you do not need to have been to our workshops before to use these resources.

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What is Arts Award Discover?

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Arts Award supports children and young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. It is designed to inspire children and young people aged up to 25 to enjoy the arts, offering the chance to develop creativity, communication and leadership skills, and get recognised through national qualifications.

Arts Award is a national programme. In England, it is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England.

In this resource you will find all the information you need to complete Arts Award Discover remotely, from home. Arts Award Discover is an introductory Arts Award. It is aimed at children aged 5 - 9, in KS1 or lower KS2. Arts Award Discover gives young people the opportunity to explore the arts in three sections:

  • Part A: Discover - take part in online arts activities that inspire you to be creative, such as our 'Composing Activities for Children'
  • Part B: Find out - find out about artists and their work
  • Part C: Share – reflect on your Arts Award experience and share your work with others. 

A Discover Arts Award is around about a full day’s activity. Most likely, this is spread out across a number of days.

If you would like to do Arts Award Discover with BCMG remotely CLICK HERE to send us a sign up email.

There is a fee of £4 for those wishing to complete their Arts Award Explore. This covers the cost of the award certificate – no payment is required until participants have completed their Arts Award.

You can pay your Arts Award Explore fee HERE.

 Your Arts Award

To help record your Arts Award we have created a logbook which you can download below. The logbook can be downloaded at the bottom of this page as either a word document or PDF which can be printed off and completed by hand. Fill in each section of the logbook as you go.

CLICK HERE for the PDF of the logbook

CLICK HERE for the Word version of the logbook

Once you have completed Sections A and B, you can share your logbook remotely with a member of BCMG's Learning Team, via social media or with someone at home. Sharing your Arts Award logbook and writing about the experience will complete Section C.

Whilst you can complete much of your Arts Award Discover through the activities and resources BCMG offer, you will need to do some further exploring!

On one of the pages of this resource you will find a list of other arts organisations that can offer a wide range of digital experiences and activities. We will try to keep these listings as up-to-date as possible. This list can also be found at the back of your Discover Logbook.

The BCMG Learning Team will be available to offer support throughout – simply email to get in touch.

A: Discover 1

In Part 1 of the Discover section of your Arts Award, you will need to explore what Art is and identify different art forms. One of the ways to do this is to go for a walk round your home or local area and see what examples of Art you can spot. You could use the bingo sheet in your Log Book, or if you have some craft materials at home, create an Art form spotter wheel to help you spot the different art forms.

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A: Discover 2

Activity 1:

Select and take part in one of BCMG's Creating Music at Home activities CLICK HERE to find them.

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CLICK HERE to download the free software Audacity to help you create and record your music.

Take some photos of yourself taking part in the activity or ask someone at home to help you. If you can't take pictures you can draw a picture of yourself taking part instead!

Activity 2:

Now choose a different arts activity. This could be something creative you took part in at school or an arts activity you have already completed whilst being at home - paint a picture on paper or use chalk on the pavement!

You could also use one of the ideas or activities on the next page. This page includes a short list of other arts organisations with activities available for you to try.

Completing your log book:

You can now complete Section A in your logbook. You will need to fill in the Pages 6-7 in your logbook:

  • Add the photos and/or drawings of you taking part in Activities 1 and 2 to your log book. 
  • Include a link to your recording if you created some music or send us a recording of your music as a WAV or MP3 file.

Audacity is free software that allows you to record and edit your music. CLICK HERE to download it.


Other Arts Activities

As well as doing one of BCMG composing activities, the Discover section of Arts Award Discover wants you to be inspired by other art, dance, theatre, music, books and take part in other arts activity. Many arts and media organisations also have digital arts activities you can take part in. Here are just a few:

The Tate Gallery CLICK HERE

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The BBC's Ten Pieces CLICK HERE

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The Metropolitan Museum of Arts CLICK HERE

Or doodle with illustrator Mo Willems CLICK HERE

Another really good place to visit on the internet to help you with this section is Google Arts and Culture CLICK HERE. This site allows you to visit museums and art galleries around the world. You could:

  • Paint or draw a self portrait in the style of particular artist
  • Write a story or poem in response to a drawing, painting or sculpture or an item from a museum
  • Draw an animal like Picasso
  • Explore colour like Kandinsky
  • Create a landscape inspired by Van Gogh or Lowry
  • Find a sculpture you like a replicate by junk modelling
  • Choreograph a dance in response to a drawing, painting or sculpture or an item from a museum
  • Recreate a scene from a painting with things you find around your house and take a photo of it. 

The Fantastic for Families website lists a wide range of excellent activities created by other arts organisations for you to try at home CLICK HERE

The Royal Albert Home CLICK HERE.

There are also many orchestras and concert halls sharing concerts including:

The Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall CLICK HERE.

You could create drawings, paintings, dance and creative writing in response to music you hear.

REMEMBER to record what you have done in words, photos and/or drawings.

B: Find Out

In this part of Arts Award Discover you will learn about artists and their work. One way of doing this is to send us some questions to ask one of our musicians, who will send a video back answering them.

What you need to do:

Do some research on the BCMG Website into our Musicians. Do you recognise any of them from BCMG events you've attended? 

Email the Learning Team with a list of 3 - 5 questions you'd like a BCMG musician to answer. Think about what you might like to know, for example:

  1. How long have they played their instrument?
  2. Why did they choose their instrument?
  3. Who is their favourite composer and why?

If you want to know what their favourite food is, or whether they have any pets, please keep this to just one of your questions - the idea is that you learn more about the artist and what they do.

We'll send you a link by email to view their answers.

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Now complete Section B in your logbook on pages 8 & 9 - add drawings or print a picture from online as well as writing your questions and their answers.

C: Share

Now you have completed your Arts Award there’s just one thing left to do – share your work and what you have learnt with others!

Think about what you needed to do to complete each section of your Arts Award Discover. In the Section C part of your logbook (pages 10-11) write about:

  • What you are most proud of in your Arts Award
  • What you enjoyed most about your Arts Award
  • What you found the most challenging when completing your Arts Award
  • All the new skills you have learnt over the time it has taken you to complete your Arts Award

Now you need to share your Arts Award with someone and tell them what you learnt, what you enjoyed and what you found challenging. This can be done in person with a family member at home or a member of our BCMG learning team via video.

Log who you shared your Arts Award journey with in your Logbook.

On the next page we explain what to happens after you have completed your Arts Award logbook.

What Happens Next?

Once you have completed all four sections of your Arts Award Discover logbook you will need to do the following things:

Save your work clearly - make sure your name is in the file name when you save it. If you have lots of different types of files (such as images, sound recordings. videos and word documents) please save all of this work in a folder called: Arts Award Discover *Your Name* and clearly label each file so we know which section it belongs to.

Send your work to BCMG's learning team. The best way to do this is via email.

Now you can pay for your Arts Award Discover. CLICK HERE to pay your £4 fee.

You may find that once you send your work to the learning team, someone may get in touch. This could be about making slight changes or sending missing work. Please don't worry if this happens - we are just here to help and want to make sure you get the Arts Award you deserve! Submit any changes you make via email.

Relax! You've done all the hard work and do not need to do anything else.

When you receive your certificate, please send us a photo of you holding up your certificate! We would love to share your success far and wide on our social media platforms.

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