You can make all or part of your Arts Award portfolio in digital formats or online. You can use free online tools like Blogspot or Wordpress or you upload your work to social networking sites like Facebook, Flickr or Vimeo. Check out Arts Award Voice's Facebook page where you can share your work with other young people doing Arts Award.
Remember to stay safe whenever you're working online, especially if you're using public platforms. For some useful advice, visit thinkuknow.co.uk
Arts Award runs two digital platforms - Artsbox, a digital portfolio, and Arts Award Voice, an online magazine.
Artsbox enables you to build your whole portfolio and it offers a more private space which you share with your Arts Award centre. Read our article to find out whether Artsbox is right for you and take a look at Chris's Artsbox portfolio
Arts Award Voice is a public platform where you can share your work, post reviews of arts events and blog about what you're finding in the arts world, getting feedback from other readers. Read about how you can use Voice for your Arts Award.
A few examples
Take a look at these portfolios which were created entirely online:
- Georgina's Silver Arts Award on Weebly on We with Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
- Raph's Gold Arts Award on MySpace with Powerplay Productions
- Emrys' Gold Arts Award on his own website with Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
- Tom's Gold Arts Award on Wordpress with the Arts Award Youth Network
- Nikki's Gold Arts Award on Blogspot with the Hive Shrewsbury
These young people put some of their Arts Award work online using different formats to make up their portfolios:
- Shanice, Shauntelle, Billie (H), Shakira, from All Change, uploaded Bronze reviews to their centre's website
- Emma's Silver Arts Award - she uploaded a blog about her research into local facilities
Platforms to use
Here is a list of some well-known platforms that might be useful - if you're under 16, they should be used with the permission of your parent/carer and you must follow the terms of each site:
- Facebook groups - can create an online place to collectively store photos, video etc and for individuals to add reflections and get feedback from others.
- Individual facebook pages - again a place to upload and share photos/video/other links; to evidence thoughts on planning and review; to gain feedback from others.
- Video-blogging - diary posts to capture personal plans , thoughts and relections and to chart progress.
- Uploading video footage of group discussions; artwork; presentations; activity; performances etc.
- Sharing 'how to' films in order to share arts skills with others.
- Young people can use it to collect and display images/videos of their work and activity as evidence. Comments can be added for both reflection and feedback purposes.
- It can also be used to research and curate specific artists, artforms and inspiration in a visual way.
- Group boards or Secret boards can be used to support interaction and/or privacy.
Wordpress can easily be used as an entire portfolio structure particularly if used to create a website (by using static pages to correspond to each part of the award). Young people can create blog entries; upload a range of media; and can link, via plug-ins, to other social networking sites.
Prezi can be used as a portfolio structure with different parts of the award organised visually. Content can be uploaded either directly or via links to other platforms.
Take a look at how Max used Prezi to present his Bronze Arts Award: http://prezi.com/clvtk6ocdbdy/art-bronze-award/
Could be used as an entire portfolio structure for either an individual or a whole project group (as long as both group and individual pieces of evidence are tagged appropriately). Young people can upload a range of different types of evidence and other users can offer feedback via comments.
Take a look at how Ruby has used Tumblr: http://blackskyartsaward.tumblr.com
- You could use this platform to record and share specific pieces of sound-based art or music that you have created.
- You could also record audio responses to and reflections on their arts award activity or interviews with arts practitioners that they've met.
Easily used as an entire portfolio structure.
Young people can blog, upload different media and can link their website to social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter.
- Young people can use it to organise and display images/videos of their work and activity as evidence. Comments can be added for both reflection and feedback purposes.
- Comments and notes can be added to images for personal reflection or feedback from others.
- Tags can be used to organise and identify evidence.