The Bronze Award
Part 1: Explore the arts as a Participant
You can take part in any arts activity. Think about what you enjoy, it could be a new activity or something you already do. Talk to your Arts Award adviser about your options. You can get ideas from your friends, or by doing research on the internet.
You need to record what you do in your arts diary, for example:
- Details of the arts activity
- What skills you learnt/developed
- Examples of your work (photos, films, Cd’s)
How will you present this in your arts diary? Use a format that suits you and your work best. You need to set yourself a challenge that will demonstrate you improving your current skill. Share this with your peers/teachers/advisors and get feedback that you can reflect upon.
2. Explore the arts as an audience member
You can attend any arts event (and more than one!) Choose something you enjoy. An arts event could be an exhibition, a play at a theatre, a dance production, music concert or a film. Do some research to see what’s on in your area, this may give you new ideas.
You need to keep a record of the event – keeping programmes or flyer’s is a good way of doing this. Record what you thought of the event. Was it good? If so, why? Was it what you expected? Would you recommend it to anyone else? Your review can be in any format, be as inventive as you like! You must then share your review with other people.
3. Arts Inspiration
Your arts hero or heroine could be anyone involved in the arts. They might be an actor, painter, pop star, fashion designer, writer, web designer or a member of your family! You can use all sorts of ways to find out about them: internet, library, going to events and interviews. These questions might help your research:
What was their career journey?
What is their working life like?
What is their arts work like?
You can present your research in the way you think it will work best: IT, web pages, written, video, DVD, etc.
4. Arts skills share
There are two options for this part of the award – you choose which one you want to do.
Option 1: Helping an arts leader
This might be the first time you have stood up in front of a group of people. Don’t worry – you’ll get lots of support! Here are a few ideas to help you:
Planning the session
- You need to plan and lead a session with the support of others
- You’ll discuss exactly what you’re going to do with your adviser or the group – leader before you do it
- Your adviser or group leader will suggest things you could do
- You’ll have your own ideas too!Preparing for the session
- Make sure you know your plan for the session well
- Practise it on your own or with friendsRunning the session
- The group leader will be there to help you
- Enjoy yourself and the group will enjoy it
- Get evidence, photographs or film it!After the session
- Talk to the group about how it went
- Talk to the leader and/or your adviser about how it went and get feedback
What to put in your diary
- How you planned
- What you did
- How it went
- What people thought
Option 2: Sharing your arts interest with others
Most of the tips above apply to this option. Think about what you want to achieve and what your group will be interested in. How are you going to share your skill? Get some feedback afterwards.