Frequently asked Questions for Schools Project

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What does a School get if they take part in the Schools project?

  • Your school’s own dragon – a 75 cm tall & 82 cm long, blank sculpture that is yours to decorate, name and keep at the end of the event
  • A dragon themed cross-curricular education pack featuring guidance notes on art and design, exercises to inspire fun and hands-on learning around creativity, conservation and citizenship. It will help your dragon be an important element in core school curriculum activity, making your dragon both great fun and a fantastic learning tool
  • An opportunity for students to earn an Arts Award qualification. There will be two CPD training places available for staff
  • A freelance artist into school to deliver hands on sessions on how to design your dragon. This session will be packed with creative ideas including medieval art and the fantastic history of dragon imagery and legends
  • A high profile location for your finished artwork on the summer-long dragon sculpture trail which thousands of families are expected to complete
  • All participating schools will be acknowledged and their Arts Award GoGoDragons! shared on the Break GoGoDragons! website therefore ensuring maximum sharing and presenting of their art work

What are the contents of the education pack?

  • A creative, but clear cross-curricular, key stage appropriate (KS1 – 3), programme of study with sections linked to suggested resources
  • A lesson planning Classroom Toolkit to encourage in-class creative thinking. Have a Dragon Discussion and enjoy the quick fire Dragon Starters to get the pupils brains sparking! Will include several classroom activities Art of Species, Adapt or Adopt? Medieval Materials and Dragons’ Lairs (which supports the visiting artist to your school) and Dragon Tails, Myths, and Legends all with links and guidance to Discover and Explore Arts Awards levels
  • Mind mapping features; Web of Ideas, Design Cloud, Doodle it, Draw it, Define it! to explore students design ideas for the application of their design onto the dragon sculpture
  • Now Think About It. Suggests how students and teachers can evaluate ideas and thinking during the GGD process and evaluate the final result
  • A comprehensive section called Here be Dragons… will include a big bank of resources for reference and learning all about dragons; their historical significance in Norwich and Norfolk, and across the world

How do we place an order for a schools dragon?

Please contact Joanna Storey on 07795 244762 / 01603 670106 or Joanna.storey@break-charity.org

Where & When will the Arts Award Training be?

Exact date to be confirmed but the courses will be held in January & February 2015 at the Forum, Norwich. It is a half day training course (normal cost if booked individually is £155)

When will the freelance artist come into School?

At a date to suit the school. Ideally between February – April 2015.

How much does it cost?

£695 + vat. For that your school gets:

  • A dragon sculpture
  • The cross-curricular education pack
  • A freelance artist into school for a minimum of 4 hours
  • Training course to become an Arts Award Advisor for two members of staff (normally £155 each)
  • If you are not interested in the Arts Award package then please talk to Jo about your school’s requirements

How do schools pay for their dragon?

Some schools buy more than one! They pay for it from:

  • School Funds
  • Many of those taking up the Arts Awards use their CPD Budget
  • PTA/Governors often help
  • Some schools set out to raise funds via non-uniform days and other fundraising initiatives
  • Community/Business sponsorship can be used to help with the cost

Do we have to use the WIA paints or can we use any type of paints?

Wild in Art paints are available to order for £35. This will be the perfect amount for your dragon sculpture. This paint is perfect to use & is extremely safe.

Otherwise;

  • We suggest water based acrylic paints
  • We don’t recommend watercolours proper – they don’t work well with the varnish if not professionally applied
  • We don’t recommend fibre tip pens or similar as the solvents react badly with any varnish

Timelines of the Schools project

December 2014 Education pack posted out to Schools
January & February 2015 Arts Award Advisor Training at the Forum
February – April 2015 Freelance Artist into Schools
March 2015 Schools to collect dragon sculptures from a depot in Norwich (not far from Norwich Airport, easy to reach & parking very easy)
May 2015 Return your painted dragon. (venue tbc but possibly City College, Norwich)
June 2015 Start of the schools trail
September 2015 Your dragon returns to live at your school

Where will our dragon be on the school trail?

The exact location will be confirmed to you in May.

What is Arts Award?

Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that support anyone up to 25 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 film making, pottery to poetry.

Through Arts Award young people gain a nationally recognised qualification enabling them to progress into further education and employment. Arts Award has five levels, four of which (Explore, Bronze, Silver, Gold) are accredited qualifications on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) with Gold holding 35 UCAS points. Arts Award Discover is an introductory level. www.artsaward.org.uk

Participation in the Arts Award qualification as part of the GoGoDragons! schools project 2015.

We can support a limited number of schools to inspire their students to achieve either a “Discover” Arts Award (at a cost of £2.50 per student paid for by the School) or achieve an entry level 3 award QCF credit value: 4 “Explore” Arts Award (at a cost of £10 per student paid for by the school). The first 30 students in each participating school working at the Explore level will receive £5 bursary towards their accreditation/moderation/certificate from the GGD Education Project.

The Discover Arts Award

Is an Arts Award Advisor assessed non-moderated award with a recommended 20 hours of guided learning. It has three parts; take part in the arts, experience artist’s work and share your discovery.

Part A is all about “Discover”. Under Arts Award Part A guidelines “Students take part in a range of art activities in order to widen their experience and understanding of the art which is all around us and develop an understanding that art forms can connect to all aspects of life.”

Students will work in class with their teacher who, being informed by the GGD creativity pack, will explore with them the Art of Species. This will widen students experience and knowledge of animals, birds and reptiles then encourage the creation of pieces of art e.g. pencil or charcoal line drawings, collage, photography etc. Part A allows students to follow a species they personally find interesting and will encourage self-study, observation and investigation of the individual student’s chosen species physical features and habitats. Students will records their discoveries in Part A of their Arts log.

Part B is all about “Find out”. Arts Award Part B guidelines state: “Find out about artists and their work in order to develop their understanding of arts practise”. Part B will be supported in school by one of our GGD artists who will attend the school for a day delivering sessions to the whole school or individual classes. The teachers can be prepared and prepare their students for the artists visit by using the GGD creativity pack toolkit called Medieval Materials and Dragons’ Lairs. Students will record their experiences of the day in their Arts Log.

Part A and Part B can be done in either order.

Part C is all about “Share”. Arts Award guidelines state: “Students share what they have enjoyed and learnt throughout the award with others. They should record their sharing in their arts log for example through photo’s, drawings, notes or video.” This can mean they do a class assembly, talk to each other, their parents or potentially create a Giant Book of Arts Logs to accompany their own unique finished Dragon Sculpture.

The Explore Arts Award

Is an Arts Advisor assessed qualification but unlike Discover it is a moderated entry level 3 award, QCF credit value: 4 with a recommended 25 hours guided learning and 10 hours of ILH. It has four parts; take part in the arts, explore the work of artists and arts organisations, create an art work and present your exploration.

Part A is all about Inspire. Under Arts Award Part A guidelines “Students take part in a range of arts activities in order to extend their experience and understanding of the arts and develop arts skills. Young people should identify what inspires them about the arts activities they take part in and record this and them taking part in their arts log”.

Students will work in class with their teacher who, being informed by the GGD creativity pack, will explore with them the Art of Species.  This will widen students experience and knowledge of animals, birds and reptiles then encourage the creation of pieces of art e.g. pencil or charcoal line drawings, collage, photography etc. Part A allows students to follow a species they personally find interesting and will encourage self-study, observation and investigation of the individual student’s chosen species physical features and habitats. Students will record their discoveries in Part A of their Arts Log.

Part B is all about Explore. Under Arts Award Part B guidelines “students explore the work of artists and art organisations through live or actual experience. They may be connected through art form or location, or they may be entirely different. Young people should identify what inspires them about the arts activities they take part in and record this and them taking part in their arts log.” Part B will be supported in School by one of our GGD artists who will attend the school for a day delivering sessions to the whole school or individual classes. The teachers can be prepared and prepare their students for the artists visit by using the GGD creativity pack toolkit called Medieval Materials and Dragons’ Lairs. Students will record their experience of the day in their Arts Log.

Part A and Part B can be done in either order.

Part C is all about Create. Under Arts Award Part C guidelines “Create a piece of art work to demonstrate art skills. It can be any art form e.g. dance, poem, sculpture or combination of arts forms. This can be an individual or group activity, and could be an extension of Part A and Part B. They should record the process of making their art work and record it in their arts log.” Using the GGD Creativity Pack sections: Dragon Delivery, Web of Ideas, Design Cloud and Doodle it, Draw it, Define it! plus the completed parts A and B, the teacher and the students can work together to develop ideas for decorating their Dragon Sculpture. Out of school or home research could be part of this section. Then the dragon will be decorated and some students may take the role of recording this on film or camera. All students must record their thoughts on this process in their GGD arts Log.

Part D is all about Present. Under Arts Award Part D guidelines “students identify what they have achieved and enjoyed through the award and present their work to others. It could be one to one or group activity and take any form – such as performance, demonstration, exhibition or discussion. They should record the process of making their art work and record it in their arts log.” This can mean students do a class assembly, create a wall display, talk to each other, their parents or potentially create a “Giant Book of Arts Logs” to accompany their own unique finished Dragon Sculpture. The exhibiting of their GoGoDragon’s to the public will form part of Part D.

What is Arts Mark?

Developing and celebrating arts provision is hugely important for children and young people’s education. Artsmark is Arts Council England’s nationally recognised flagship programme to enable schools and other organisations to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision. All primary and secondary schools, further education colleges and youth justice settings in England can apply for Artsmark. As a leading school in arts and culture, Artsmark can strategically position schools to take an active role in supporting others and build their reputation and stature, such as a teaching school. It also can lever external funding and partnerships, as well position the school in the strategic world to take part in larger projects and opportunities. www.artsmark.org.uk

Can anyone train to deliver Arts Award?

Yes. Anyone who has worked with children and young people can train to become an Arts Award advisers.

What art form can the Arts award be delivered in?

You can do an Arts Award in any area of the arts from fashion to poetry, rapping to dancing, sculpture to film.

Do you have to start at Discover and work your way up?

No. Young people up to the age of 25 years can undertake Discover and Explore and any young person between the ages of 11-25 years can do Bronze, Silver and Gold. The level just gradually ask for more commitment, individual contribution, and research and become larger projects for the young people to undertake. Each level progresses the children and young people further but some young people can be ready to start at any level and that’s fine.

What other schools in my area deliver Arts Award?

You can find out by visiting the Arts Award Centre map. http://www.artsaward.org.uk/centre/lookup.php

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