Discover at Home
BY: Nicola King
15 Mar 2021
Last year in response to the Coronavirus pandemic Trinity College London launched Discover at Home, a special version of Arts Award Discover. Since then, many organisations have created their own bespoke Discover at Home packages, ensuring that young people can continue to achieve their Discover Arts Award regardless of barriers or challenges schools, young people and arts organisations may be facing.
If young people want to receive their Arts Award Discover certificate they will need to work in partnership with an Arts Award adviser and centre, however our Discover at Home resource can be used as a stand-alone ideas pack for families looking for creative activities to complete together at home.
We want to highlight some of the wonderful Discover at Home resources we have seen. If you want to engage with any of these please contact the arts organisation directly for more details:
- If your child has a love of music they could take a look at the Discover at Home sessions Long Division have created. Along with a unique log book, there are a series of video sessions with profession musicians on a range of topics such as rapping, beatboxing, and folk drumming.
- Greenwich Dance have created a wonderful Online Discover Award which celebrates Black and British artists. Along with their resource pack children and young people can also join weekly meetings to assist them with completing their award.
- IVE's Discover at Home resources include a specially designed log book and a series of fun, interactive activity videos which explore different art forms and creative ideas, created by local artists. So whatever art form your child is interested in they should find plenty to keep them engaged!
- Tees Valley Museums have created a comprehensive Discover at Home package that includes a special logbook, video tutorials for each part, along with signposting to other resources your child might find helpful.
- If you have a budding historian on your hands then the resources and videos created by Wisbech and Fenland Museum are a great, creative way to learn more about Ancient Egypt.
- Similarly any dinosaur-mad children would love the resources created by the University of Birmingham Lapworth Museum of Geology
- A New Direction’s Arts Award Online resources and logbook can be completed online or are also available to print off, depending on what works best for your child.
- The Bolton Octagon's Discover Arts Award Online programme includes an activity booklet to complete at home and three live interactive zoom sessions, which are sure to keep your child busy and engaged!
- Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park includes a bespoke logbook and you can book in time with their leaning team so students can discuss what they have learnt.
- The National Archives have created an incredibly exciting ‘Time Travel Club’ where children can complete the Discover award while learning about ‘Architecture as Art’.
We are delighted that so many organisations, children, parents and carers have embraced Discover at Home. We hope you enjoy taking at a look at these resources, and they may even inspire you to create your own! Do consider contacting your local arts organisations as the country starts to re-open to see what activities they may be running for children and young people, and to help support your local arts communities.
If you work for an arts organisation and you are interested in developing your own resources, do get in touch with us – we would love to hear about the programmes you are delivering.
And don’t forget, although young people have now returned to the classroom, Discover at Home can make a great activity at any time of the year and particularly for those looking for something to do in the school holidays.