At Home with Nature
Nature and creativity lockdown project for schools and families
Find out about insects, birds, fish, beetles and butterflies to create your own nature inspired designs using templates by artist Melanie Tomlinson and Somerset Art Works. Share your colourful creations on our community blog, where our panel of professional artists and conservationists will select their favourite designs.
Winning designs will be professionally printed on weatherproof aluminium by Melanie Tomlinson and returned to you for spectacular outdoor display at school or at home. FREE to take part – a ready made nature and creativity lockdown project to help keep your pupils learning and inspired! Contact Beccy Swaine who will provide support for InspirED teachers to get involved.
Arts Award Key Stage 2 & 3 Resources
Arts Award launched a new series of resources for schools, crossing both primary and secondary phases. For primary schools, they’ve created a detailed literacy and Arts Award Explore resource, showing you how to link your existing literacy work to Arts Award.
Meanwhile, for secondary schools they’ve created a series of three detailed resources, showing how to link Bronze Arts Award to either the Music, Art & Design or English and Drama curriculums. And as an extra bonus, they have included sample term and year planners for Bronze in each resource, making it even easier to plan your delivery.
KS2 Recourses here
KS3 Recourses here
NEW Primary Arts Toolkit: Ideas and resources for your school
How do you plan an Arts Week and why is it a great idea for your school?
Help is at hand!
Based on a wealth of experience supporting schools in Somerset, InspirED has created a toolkit packed with ideas, top tips, examples and resources to guide and inspire you in leading and organising your own school Arts Week.
InspirED Arts Award Discover Resources
Use our InspirED map to guide you through Discover Arts Award, contact firstname.lastname@example.org (Arts Award Adviser) for information on how to achieve your Arts Award qualification and certificate.
Click here to download – best printed A2, hard copies available on request.
How to make the most of Somerset Art Weeks
Each year SAW produces education resources to highlight the fantastic opportunities available to schools and colleges during Somerset Art Weeks. There are many ways to get involved, to inspire creativity and stimulate learning outside the classroom.
Flying Crane Zoetrope Resource
If you watched BBC Countryfile recently then you will have seen an item about the Great Crane project that has been taking place on the Somerset Levels. Somerset Art Works facilitated a huge amount of work with artists and the communities. One of the resources that came of it was this resource to make a Zoetrope. A Zoetrope , also called a ‘wheel of life’ is an early form of animation, which when spun produces the illusion of movement.
After-school Photography Club Guide
We commissioned Richard Tomlinson, professional photographer and Somerset Film creative technologist, to create a guide to running a ten-week after-school photography club. The guide includes week-by-week activities you can lead with your primary school group and helpful advice. It’s free to download and could be led by a teaching assistant or volunteer. If you’re thinking of offering a club in your school don’t forget if you’re an InspirED school you can book a Digiday as a practical introduction and support. Do let us know how you get on with the guide and we’d love to see the work you create… in fact we have just launched a Photography Competition for schools in Somerset. Click here to find out more…
Benefits of Taking Your Students to the Cinema
Need help getting sign off from senior staff for your school trip to the cinema? Download INTO FILM’s handy form with teacher testimonials outlining the educational benefits of a cinema visit, including literacy attainment, SMSC development and accessibility.
We commissioned filmmaker and teacher Kate Saunders to work with us to create a guide to running a ten-week after-school animation club. The guide includes week-by-week activities you can lead with your primary school group, hel
pful advice and links to resources and tutorial videos. It’s free to download and could be led by a teaching assistant or volunteer. If you’re thinking of offering a club in your school don’t forget if you’re an InspirED school you can book a Digiday as a practical introduction and support. Do let us know how you get on with the guide and we’d love to see the work you create…
You might decide to charge for the club and use the fees towards your InspirED subscription or to buy more equipment for your school.
Exploring Early Years Group Music Making
Early years musician and freelance evaluator, Nell Farrally, writes about her experience of using research to improve her music practice. Through Take Arts project Nell received a Soundwaves Bursary towards the travel costs for a Postgraduate Certificate in Evaluation Studies course at the University of South Wales.
Elements was a practical action research programme of Early Years’ creativity, that took place in different settings across Wells and Taunton between October 2016 and April 2017. The Take Art website has a wealth of case studies to draw upon from How can we support the development of children’s reflective thinking? to How can we build the confidence of children and adults in art making?