What is Artsmark?
Artsmark is managed by Arts Council England and is a national award scheme which recognises schools which have a passion for the arts. The scheme encourages schools to consider the opportunities they offer in art, dance, drama and music. By registering as an Artsmark school we are demonstrating our commitment to the profile of arts and cultural educational for our pupils, staff and the wider school community.
There are 7 key principles within Artsmark which include:
· Striving for excellence and innovation
· Being authentic
· Being exiting, inspiring and engaging
· Ensuring a positive and inclusive experience
· Actively involving young people
· Enabling personal progression
· Developing belonging and ownership
At Bourne Abbey we have a long-standing commitment to the arts and are currently a Gold Artsmark school. We aim to ensure that every child has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts through the arts curriculum, extra-curricular opportunities and by providing authentic experiences.
What is Arts Award?
Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that supports anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form – from fashion to digital art, pottery to poetry.
Offered at five different levels the children have the following opportunities:
• discover the enjoyment of creating and participating in any art form
• develop their creativity and leadership skills
• learn new skills and share them with others
• get to work with or experience working with creative arts professionals
• gain experience and knowledge to progress into further education and employment.
To achieve their Arts Award, children take on challenges in an art form, participate in arts activities, experience arts events, get inspired by artists and share their arts skills with others. The children create a portfolio to keep a record of their creative journey. Along the way they are supported by an Arts Award adviser, acting as assessor, facilitator and mentor.
Arts Award Discover
To achieve an Arts Award Discover, children and young people collect evidence in an individual arts log of their experiences of:
• participating in arts activities
• researching artists and their work
• sharing their arts discoveries
Arts Award Explore
To achieve an Arts Award Explore, children and young people collect evidence in an individual arts log of their experiences of:
▪ active participation in a range of arts activities, including a personal response about what they have learnt from taking part
▪ experience of arts organisations, artists and their work
▪ creating a piece of art work
▪ identification of what they have enjoyed and/or achieved, and their communication of this to others.