Arts activities trail aims to inspire pupils

Six Berwick cultural organisations are working together for the first time on an arts activities map of Berwick.

Friday, 1st June 2018, 11:37 am
Pupils at Holy Trinity First School.

The initiative is designed to inspire school children to discover and enjoy the full range of arts activities available to them.

Locally-based artist Katie Chappell has beautifully illustrated a map of the town as part of the Berwick Arts Award Discover Trail booklet. By working through the questions and activities on each page of the booklet, pupils can collate their Arts Award ‘evidence’ and complete the award.

The Berwick arts trail map. Illustration by Katie Chappell.

The booklet was trialled by Year 3 pupils at Holy Trinity First School, who recently successfully completed their Arts Award and were presented with their certificates. The pupils visited the Drawn from Life: People on Paper exhibition at The Granary Gallery, undertook a drawing workshop with local artist Gill Walton inspired by Charles Avery and then shared their Arts Award journey with younger pupils in the school to complete the award.

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The booklets have been designed for schools to use in conjunction with the six Berwick Arts Award Supporter organisations involved which include Berwick Visual Arts, The Maltings, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Berwick Museum & Art Gallery, Berwick Record Office and Berwick Library & Tourist Information Centre. There is a website for the Berwick Arts Award Discover Trail www.berwickartsaward.com along with teachers notes to support the use of the booklets.

Arts Award is a range of unique national qualifications that supports young people aged 5 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. There are five awards from Discover to Gold available, with Arts Award Discover being the introductory award aimed at 5-11 year olds.

Berwick Arts Award Discover Trail has been created with the support of Northumberland Arts Development, for more information about the Trail please contact Val Tobiass, Schools Learning and Engagement Co-ordinator, Berwick Visual Arts and The Maltings val.tobiass@maltingsberwick.co.uk.