Top 5 Arts Award blogs from 2022
BY: Kat Stapley-Smith
05 Dec 2022
Many of us like using the end of a year as an opportunity to look back over the last 12 months. So we thought we’d join the party!
Rather than come up with our own list, we wanted to see what you’ve all been enjoying reading on the blog. So, we’re closing the year with a countdown of the top five posts in 2022…
5. Top 10 tips for your online moderation
With online moderation now a popular option, we share our top ten tips for moderating online to ensure it goes smoothly; from photo and video orientation, to accessibility, navigation, sharing, signposting and the use of timestamps.
4. Four creative activities to help you deliver an Arts Award this summer
The school summer term brings about the chance for young people to get involved in some great creative opportunities that can be accredited with an Arts Award. This blog explains how arts weeks, transition projects, end of year performances and summer events and outings can all contribute to helping you make the most of summer.
3. Arts Award Bronze: Thinking outside the box
Drama teacher and Arts Award adviser, Lucy Worthington shares with us some creative ideas for delivering Bronze to young people with SEN / additional learning needs. She talks about creative evidencing using pretend Facebook profiles, young people presenting biographical evidence of the artist they’re researching on a top hat and how Bronze can be delivered in any order - it doesn’t necessarily need to be delivered in sequence A-D as set out in the toolkit.
2. Making the most of your Arts Week
Many schools have an Arts Week – this blog makes some suggestions for how you can make the most of this time, ensuring it has a real impact on the creative learning of the children in your school. From using the school library and digital tools such as Google Arts and Culture, to the power of peer influence to showcase the talents of your pupils.
And coming in at number one…!
1. Advisers’ work we’re loving this Valentine’s Day
Back in February we did a special shoutout to some of the Arts Award advisers from our Champion Centres who have gone above and beyond for the young people they work with and worked tirelessly to support them. These advisers were nominated by fellow advisers for their creativity, dedication, and unique approaches, which have positively impacted those in their centre.
One adviser designed a log book which doubles up as a portfolio for interviews; another adviser has been delivering Bronze to their Year 8 pupils for over 10 years and a number of other advisers have adapted their delivery of Arts Award so that they could still deliver through the Covid lockdowns – plus lots more!
And a few other blog posts you might have missed…
Now that you have had a look at the top five posts that you were reading in 2022, don’t forget the Arts Award blog has a wealth of content for you to explore! The blog will be back in January, continuing to celebrate the arts, education, and the fantastic work of Arts Award centres across the country.
Discover some of our other posts
Delivering Arts Award with refugees and Asylum-Seeking Children
Arts Award offers an accessible and flexible framework which can cater to the unique needs of refugees and Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC). It can also provide opportunities to learn about the young person’s new culture through the arts, and at the same time celebrate the culture of the country they have left. This blog outlines our top tips for delivering Arts Award to young refugees and/or UASC.
Bronze in five days: enabling young people to gain cultural capital
Adviser, Cat Lee from St Ives School of Painting in Cornwall tells us about their inclusion project, Culture Camp, and how it has empowered and motivated young people from a Pupil Referral Unit; enabling them to gain a Bronze Arts Award in five days.
Capturing the joy of Whole Class Instrumental Teaching through Arts Award
We hear from Music Education Hub, Music Partnership North who share how they have been pairing up Whole Class Instrumental Teaching (WCIT) with Arts Award for the last few years, plus they have some top tips for introducing Arts Award into WCIT.
Discovering, rewarding and recognising creative potential
In this blog, Alex Rees from UCAN Productions - a performance and creative arts co-operative for blind and partially sighted children and young people - shares with us how Arts Award has enabled their young members to unlock their creative potential, personalities and confidence as well as improving their general engagement with life.
Making a difference: Strengthening communities with Arts Award
We have seen an increasing trend of young people using their Arts Award work to make a difference to their local communities. There are lots of ways this can be achieved at various levels, and this blog highlights the work of two organisations who have made a positive impact in their local areas through their delivery of Arts Award.
From all of us at the Arts Award team, we would like to offer you our best wishes for the festive season and a happy and healthy new year!
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