At Heathlands School we have begun our Arts Award journey this year and will be focusing on Film as our Creative Arts choice.
This is a new initiative to promote the development of creative and critical thinking skills in our students and this provides the framework where they can accelerate their progress both individually and as a small community. We are working through the guidance documented by the BFI – the British Film Institute – and are looking forward to developing our students’ creative potential in this way. Yet, most of all, we can’t wait to see the film they are making!
If you would like to view this information please click: https://www.bfi.org.uk/sites/bfi.org.uk/files/downloads/bfi-arts-award-linking-arts-award-and-film-2014-07.pdf
What is Arts Award?
- 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.
- young people get to discover the enjoyment of creating and participating in arts activities
- experience arts events
- develop creative and communication skills that are essential for success in 21st century life
- explore the work of artists and craftspeople and gain insights into the professional arts world
- gain experience and knowledge to help progress into further education and employment
This qualification is offered by Trinity College London Exam board.
Some students will be working towards their Bronze Arts Award. To achieve this, they need to collect evidence in an individual arts log or portfolio about their experiences of:
- actively participating in any art form
- at least one arts event and their review of that event
- researching the career and work of an artist or craftsperson
- passing on an arts skill
Some students will be working towards their Silver Arts Award. To achieve a this, they need to collect evidence in an individual arts portfolio about their experiences of:
Arts practice and pathways
- identifying and planning an arts challenge
- implementing and reviewing the arts challenge
- reviewing arts events and sharing their views
- researching future opportunities and careers in the arts
- identifying a leadership role and planning the project’s aims
- planning the practical issues
- being an effective arts leader
- working effectively with others
- reviewing their project and leadership role
To achieve a Gold Arts Award, young people need to collect evidence in an individual arts portfolio about their experiences of:
Personal arts development
- extending their own arts practice, experiencing another art and creating new work
- being involved in the world of the arts through placements, volunteering, training and research
- reviewing arts events and finding out about artists or craftspeople and their career paths
- researching and making the case for an arts issue
Leadership of an arts project
- planning a project, identifying the project’s aims and outcomes
- organising the people and resources
- delivering the project and managing the effectiveness of the project
- managing a public showing of the work
- reviewing their leadership development and finding effective ways to collect and evaluate feedback from participants, audience members and other stakeholders
The students are writing to their inspirational person whose career they have researched. They are asking if they will visit and teach them to improve their skills through a “Masterclass”. KS3 and year 10 students are creating scenes for their film in smaller groups and then those who have chosen to be the Directors and Editors will bring this together into one film. This will demand all the skills required in the criteria for the Arts Award on three different levels, according to each individual student’s starting point.