Arts Award

WARWICK ARTS CENTRE is an Arts Award Supporter. We also deliver Arts Award and have a team of advisers trained at Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver & Gold levels.

The Creative Learning team creates hands-on learning opportunities with audiences, artists and academics, which provide young people from EYFS to KS4 and beyond with new and exciting avenues of engagement, through our programme of theatre, dance, music, film and visual arts. From exciting one-off taster events to our ambitious programme and life-changing projects, our work nurtures curiosity and enriches learning, offering a range of activities and opportunities that help to support the Arts Award journey at all levels.

Please read the information below to find out more and contact the Creative Learning Team to discuss how we can support your Arts Award journey.

SCULPTURE TRAILS

The University of Warwick has a large collection of modern and contemporary art spread across campus that can be used to help you on your Arts Award journey. Our Sculpture Trail is designed to give you access independently or as part of a group, led by one of our Visitor Assistants, to the collection with stimulus to help you discover, observe, discuss, and create in response. For school groups we can also offer an extended visit that includes a hands-on making activity linked to the Sculpture Trail designed by our Creative Learning team and delivered by our Visitor Assistants. If you have a particular learning outcome in mind for your trip, just let us know and we can make sure that this is explored during your time with us.

Talk to us about how our Sculpture Trails can contribute to:
Discover: Parts A & B
Explore: Parts A & B
Bronze: Parts A, & B

AGE: Perfect for all ages from EYFS to KS4
ARTFORM: Visual Arts
COST: Free
CONTACT: creativelearning@warwick.ac.uk

MAKE IT REEL

In this week long summer school for actors, film-makers and musicians, each group collaborates to create both films and live performances, to be shared on the final day. The film-making team hone their skills through story boarding, producing, directing, and post production. The acting team works to devise the story and cast it and the music making team creates the film’s whole sound landscape including scoring, sound effects. There are no expectations that participants will have a certain level of experience or technical knowledge, the opportunity is open to everyone aged 13 – 18 who is enthusiastic about making films!

Talk to us about how Make it Reel can help you with the following:
Explore: Part A
Bronze: Part A

AGE: KS3 & KS4 (Ages 13 – 18)
ARTFORM: Digital Arts / Music / Drama
COST: £150 for the week
CONTACT: creativelearning@warwick.ac.uk

LIVE PRODUCTIONS & EVENTS

Every season we have a new programme of live productions and events, ranging from drama, dance, comedy and film to music and visual arts to inspire and engage young people. To find out what’s on next term, please check the Teachers & Home Educators page for up to date listings.

Talk to us about how our live productions and events can contribute to:
Discover: Part A
Explore: Parts B & C
Bronze: Part B
Silver: Unit 1 Part C
Gold Unit 1 Part C

AGE: Perfect for all ages from EYFS to KS4
ARTFORM: Theatre, Music, Dance, Comedy, Film, Visual Arts
COST: We offer discounted tickets for school group bookings. To discuss the cost for your group, please get in touch with our dedicated schools booking contact Amanda in the Box Office on 024 7615 0930 or groupbookings@warwick.ac.uk.
CONTACT: creativelearing@warwick.ac.uk

WORKSHOPS

Many of our visiting productions also offer the opportunity to take part in a wraparound workshop with the company that helps participants understand their techniques. Check the website for all associated activity or email creativelearing@warwick.ac.uk to discuss our programme related wraparound activity.

Talk to us about how our workshops can contribute to:
Discover: Parts A & B
Explore: Parts A & B
Bronze: Parts A & D
Silver: Unit 1 Part D
Gold Unit 1 Parts B & C

AGE: Perfect for all ages from EYFS to KS4
ARTFORM: Multi-artform
COST: Cost will depend on the individual company offering the workshop
CONTACT: creativelearning@warwick.ac.uk

YOUTH THEATRE

Learn new drama skills and brush up existing ones in our weekly *youth theatre* sessions. The sessions cover a wide range of skills including text work, improvisation, devising, Shakespeare, physical theatre and of course lots of games. It also gives you the opportunity to increase confidence, make new friends and improve team work. Sessions run every Saturday of university term time (10 weeks each term) and there is a performance opportunity at the end of each term, culminating in a Showcase at the end of the year on one of the Arts Centre’s main stages. You can join the Juniors if you’re in school years 4 – 7 and the Seniors if you’re in years 8 – 11.

Talk to us about how our Youth Theatre can contribute to:
Explore: Parts A & C
Bronze: Parts A, B & D

AGE: KS2, KS3 & KS4 (Ages 8 – 16)
ARTFORM: Theatre/Drama
COST: £55 per term (3 ten week terms per academic year)
CONTACT: creativelearning@warwick.ac.uk

MI:LAB

Moving Image Lab (MI:Lab) focuses on the wide variety of moving image that is now a part of our everyday life. You will explore and interpret a variety of sources while developing skills, including video capture, virtual reality, online apps and animation, amongst many others. The Lab is designed by Dom Breadmore of Ludic Rooms, and offers regular guest artists slots to broaden the opportunities and skill development of young people. Sessions run for 2 hours on a weekly basis, and there is an opportunity to share what is created at the end of each term in a joint city-wide MI:Lab event.

Talk to us about how MI:Lab can contribute to:
Bronze: Part A
Silver Unit 1 Parts A & B
Gold Unit 1 Parts A & B

AGE: KS3 & KS4 (Ages 13 – 18)
ARTFORM: Digital Arts
COST: £70 per term (3 ten week terms per academic year)
CONTACT: creativelearning@warwick.ac.uk

STAMP IT ACTIVITIES

Take part in various creative activities inspired by our ever-changing programme of live productions. These activities have been designed in collaboration with university academics and complement the productions on offer in the Arts Centre to create a fun and educational engagement opportunity. For up to date listings, please click here.

Talk to us about how our Stamp It Activities can contribute to:
Discover: Part A
Explore: Part A
Bronze Part A

AGE: Perfect for all ages from EYFS to KS4
ARTFORM: Multi-artform
COST: A mixture of free and priced activities and events
CONTACT: creativelearning@warwick.ac.uk

FAMILY DAYS

Our Family Days are huge and offer the unique chance to see a range of live performances and take part in a variety of creative activities in just one day. From outdoor theatre and music events to sporting and engineering activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. https://warwick.ac.uk/about/community/warwickfamilydays

Talk to us about how our Family Days can contribute to:
Discover: Part A
Explore: Part A
Bronze: Parts A & B
Silver: Unit 1 Part C
Gold Unit 1 Part C

AGE: Perfect for all ages from EYFS to KS4
ARTFORM: Multi-artform
COST: A mixture of free and priced activities and events
CONTACT: creativelearning@warwick.ac.uk

NT CONNECTIONS

NT Connections is the National Theatre’s nationwide youth theatre festival. Each year it offers a unique opportunity for youth theatres and school theatre groups to stage new plays written for young people by some of theatre’s most exciting playwrights, and to perform in leading theatres across the UK. Warwick Arts Centre is a partner theatre in this project, hosting a regional festival every year. Starting in September, the Warwick Arts Centre Connections Company choose the play they want to perform and then rehearse on a weekly basis (Monday nights and occasional Sundays) to get ready for the Home Performance at Warwick Arts Centre where a National Theatre Director watches their production and gives them feedback. There’s then a chance to work on this feedback before they perform once again for an audience of over 100 of their peers and National Theatre Directors during the weekend long NT Connections Festival in Spring. The Connections Company accepts members in Schools Years 10+ (14 – 19 year olds) and we are happy for members of the Saturday Seniors group to join both groups once they are the right age, if they can commit to attending both sets of rehearsals.

Talk to us about how participation in the Connections Company can contribute to:
Bronze: Parts A, B, C & D
Silver: Units 1 & 2
Gold Unit 1 Parts A & B

AGE: KS4
ARTFORM: Theatre/Drama
COST: £75 per term (2 terms per year)
CONTACT: creativelearning@warwick.ac.uk

INSTRUMENTAL

FREE concerts to inspire young people. Warwick Arts Centre is committed to providing access to its programme of world-class classical music. We aim to inspire the young audience of today and encourage them to become the adult audience of tomorrow. The Instrumental programme offers FREE tickets to young people to open their ears and eyes to classical music by experiencing some of the best live performers in the world. Over the next 12 months, schools from Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull will have the opportunity to take part in the Concert Series 2018-19 with access to 1000 FREE tickets across 10 concerts. Warwick Arts Centre will work with individual schools to design and customise their visits, with the option of backstage tours, pre-concert talks and off site visits by Arts Centre staff. To view the concerts for the next season, please click here.

Talk to us about how Instrumental can contribute to:
Bronze: Part B
Silver: Unit 1 Part C

AGE: KS2, KS3 & KS4
ARTFORM: Music
COST: FREE
CONTACT: To express your interest in taking part in the 2017/18 programme, please get in touch with Johnathan Branson, Audience Development Officer on 024 765 22015 or email j.branson@warwick.ac.uk.

WORK EXPEREIENCE

Warwick Arts Centre offers year 10 & 11 students a unique opportunity to work at the Midlands’ largest arts centre and experience the many departments and roles which pull together to create a varied and exciting programme across its main venues.

We offer two one-week placements each year, one in May/June and one in October/November. We’re sorry but we can’t offer placements outside of these times, including in July as this is during University vacation. The week long placement offers students the opportunity to work with box office, marketing, creative learning and front of house and to see shows from a technical point of view and from the auditorium! Warwick Arts Centre is not a producing venue which means that we are not able to offer students the opportunity to work with costume, make-up, set design, directing, acting or producing.

We are looking for enthusiastic young people, who are outgoing and have a real interest in the behind the scenes business of an arts centre and all that it involves. Ability to use a computer and internet are beneficial as well the confidence to work with the public. You can find more application details and deadlines here.

Talk to us about how our Work Experience can contribute to:
Silver: Unit 1 Part D
Gold Unit 1 Part B

AGE: KS4
ARTFORM: Multi-artform
COST: FREE
CONTACT: If you have a student that you think would benefit from a week with us, please contact creativelearning@warwick.ac.uk for more information.

ENRICHMENT DAYS

Working with drama and visual arts practitioners, we can create bespoke days packed with fun and educational workshops that suit a group’s interests. These days will suit schools, scouts and brownies and other social groups working towards their Arts Award.

Talk to us about how our Enrichment Days can contribute to:
Discover: Parts A, & B
Explore: Parts A, & B
Bronze: Part A

AGE: Perfect for all ages from EYFS to KS4
ARTFORM: Multi-artform
COST: Costs vary depending on the activities and practitioners brought in to run workshops.
CONTACT: creativelearning@warwick.ac.uk

TAKE PART IN ART

Our Take Part in Art project was highly successful in introducing schools to the concept of ‘See, Make, Share’ in which they ‘see’ some visual arts, ‘make’ their own responses to the artworks with the help of a professional visual artist back in school, and then ‘share’ their work with other students with a sharing event in school. While the funded Take Part in Art project is no longer live, we can work with you to create a costed version for your school. This is not limited to visual arts and will work with theatre, dance and music also.

Talk to us about how Take Part in Art can contribute to:
Discover: Parts A, B & C
Explore: Parts A, B & C & D
Bronze: Parts A, B, C & D

AGE: Perfect for all ages from EYFS to KS4
ARTFORM: Multi-artform
COST: Costs vary depending on the activities, length of the project and artist fees.
CONTACT: Please get in touch with creativelearning@warwick.ac.uk to discuss your requirements.

PLAY CODE SHARE

Play, Code, Share enables primary and secondary schools to explore a new creative model of delivering computer programming by working with experts in the field (digital artist Ashley Brown and robotics expert Dr Claire Rocks) and students from the Computer Science Department of the University of Warwick. This project extends the experience and understanding of pupils and teachers by making direct links to the latest digital technologies, their creative application and knowledge gathered at the University of Warwick and Warwick Arts Centre.

This is a school only project and all schools have already been recruited for the project. If you are a member of a participating school, talk to us about how Play Code Share can contribute to:
Discover Part A
Explore Part A
Bronze: Part A

AGE: KS3 & KS4
ARTFORM: Digital Arts
COST: N/A
CONTACT: creativelearning@warwick.ac.uk

ARTS ACTIVE NETWORK

Arts Active Network is a connective alliance of South Leamington schools, Warwick Arts Centre and professional artists who plan, organise and run a hugely successful Community Arts Festival. The project includes support for teachers to take their children on a ‘See, Make, Share’ journey in which they ‘see’ some visual arts, ‘make’ their own responses to the artworks with the help of a professional visual artist back in school, and then ‘share’ their work with other students with a sharing event and a Festival Management Group made up of students from each school who together plan the Splat Festival, an outdoor arts festival for the community in the centre of Leamington Spa.

This is a school only project and all schools have already been recruited for the project. If you are a member of a participating school, talk to us about how Arts Active Network can contribute to:
Discover: Parts A, B & C
Explore: Parts A, B, C & D
Bronze: Parts A, B, C & D
Silver Unit 2

AGE: KS1 & KS2
ARTFORM: Multi-artform
COST: N/A
CONTACT: creativelearning@warwick.ac.uk

SILVER & GOLD ADVICE

We can offer advice on all levels of Arts Award so please get in touch if you have a question regarding any of the opportunities outlined above but we can also offer more robust guidance on Silver and Gold levels in line with your interests and experiences. To arrange a meeting with one of the Creative Learning team to discuss your plans, please email creativelearning@warwick.ac.uk.