We took part in Arts Award Bronze as an after school club when we were in Year 6. We took part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival performing in A Midsummer Night's Dream at a local theatre and we also studied the work of Matisse and Heather Galler.
We went to a variety of events – musical theatre shows, pantomimes, puppet making workshops and drama workshops.
We shared our arts skills by planning and preparing and delivering a drama workshop for a group of 20 younger pupils in our school to help them prepare for taking part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival.
We all created a scrapbook style portfolio with examples of our work and photographs of all the activities we had taken part in. We kept a journal throughout the year to record our reflections in and this also formed part of our portfolio.
What was most valuable to you personally?
Katie – The time to be creative and share to with other people.
Caitlin – I got to do something creative with my friends and it didn't feel like school.
Hannah – The chance to find out about different artists and art forms and try new things with my friends.
What did you find inspiring?
Katie – How we got to do different types of art.
Caitlin – The work of the different artists.
Hannah – The chance to find out about all the different ways that people express themselves through art.
What was challenging?
Katie – Painting in the style of Heather Galler and getting the colours right!
Caitlin – I didn't find anything challenging – I was just inspired.
Hannah – I didn't feel anything was so challenging that I couldn't achieve it and be successful.
What are you going to do next?
Katie – Arts Award has helped me because I want to do Art for GCSE and I can say it has given me the confidence to do so.
Caitlin – I am going to continue drawing – Arts Award has helped me develop my skills.
Hannah – Arts Award has helped me see that there is a huge range of arts that I can get involved in, and that you don't need to be an expert – anyone can do it!
How did you get involved with Arts Award?
Katie – I got involved by helping other people with their work and my teacher encouraged me to join the after school club.
Caitlin – It sounded interesting and fun to do.
Hannah – I love art and music and I thought it would be great to do a club with my friends that I would get a qualification for.
Who gave you the most help and inspiration?
Katie – The other people in the Arts Award Club and the teacher.
Caitlin – Mrs. Lonergan
Hannah – All the people we worked with inspired me – the teachers and SSF staff and the other people in our club. Our Arts Award advisor Mrs. Lonergan was really supportive and helped us a lot.
Hannah – Arts Award has inspired me to look at all the ways that art affects our lives and how important it is.