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Arts Award Discover: At Home

Your family can do Arts Award Discover with us and its free. It’s for children and young people from 5 to 25. It’s a chance to learn more about the Arts and to have a go at being creative. Doing Arts Award at home, works well if you can give a bit of help and guidance and better still if you’re able to join in. 

Click here for your Arts Award Discover Booklet.  Then scroll down and click on the questions to see how simple it is to complete.

To watch our video tutorial click here








You can complete Arts Award Discover in one day or take a few weeks to work through all three sections, doing a bit at a time. If your child or children are especially interested in one part, you can add more pages – as many as you like. Some children end up with a big folder full!

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can have a go yourself. Add pages to your child’s folder or make your own Arts Award Discover portfolio.



You just need:

  • Paper
  • Drawing stuff like pens, pencils and crayons

You can download a copy of our Arts Award Discover booklet here and either complete it on screen, print a copy, or make your own folder, using the same headings. The page headings are important if you want a certificate at the end.

Other materials you could find useful include:

  • Scissors, glue, junk modelling stuff like packaging, old magazines for collage
  • Paint, pastels, charcoal sticks, chalk
  • Dressing up things for acting or performing
  • Instruments, real or home made, for any musical adventures
  • A camera/phone for taking pictures of children’s artwork or performance

Look through the booklet with your child and talk about the three different parts of the Arts Award, so they have a good idea of what they’re doing from the start.

Sometimes we don’t notice the arts that surround us – from stories in books, actors on the TV and dancers on videos to drawings, paintings and pottery, whether made by professionals or family and friends. Encourage children to take a good look around at all the creative things in our lives. You could use this guide from Arts award to make your own art spotter wheel.

To view a video tutorial on how to complete Part A1 click here

Why not search online for virtual tours around museums like here at Head of Steam Museum , Darlington .

Or take a look at ArtUK  a fantastic resource where you can explore lots of art from our local area and other places too.


Children discovering the arts means having a go themselves. They need to take part in at least two different kinds of art. This could be things they do already or something new. They could take the chance to teach you something they’re already good at, or you could learn a new skill together. Why not make up a dance, write a song, create a poem, illustrate a story or make models from packaging and other ‘junk’ materials?

Get some creative art ideas linked to our collections here

Watching a film or play, listening to music or reading a book can all count as having a go. Focus on the creative impact of what you have seen or heard. It might be useful to think about how different it might have been if you had seen/heard something live rather than as a recording. What do you think the atmosphere is like when at a concert or the theatre, the difference in effects, smells, lighting etc

To view a video tutorial on how to complete Part A2 here .

Why not check out author Gabrielle Kent who has made some films to help you be a creative writer?

Finding out about amazing local artists and art works in our area is a great place to start. Beyond our area the web is full of art. Most art galleries have online collections and just searching google images for paintings about subjects children are keen on can give good results. Wikipedia is often a useful place for children to find out about their favourite pop star, artist or actor.

Help children think about what inspired the artists and talk about each work – the materials or techniques they used, what it’s communicating and what it makes children think or feel. If they love a particular style, encourage them to see if they can create a painting, illustration or song using the same approach.  You can find out about local artists here

To view a video tutorial on how to complete Part B click here


To complete their Arts Award children need to share what they’ve done and what they’ve learned. It doesn’t matter how they share, or with whom, as long as they write down, draw or stick a photo in their booklets of them doing it. If you’re making a digital version, why not include a video?

If children want to share their amazing art and the interesting stuff they’ve found out with family and friends , one way is to make a Museum in your Home, you could adapt some of our Museum in your classroom resources to support you with this.

To view a video tutorial on how to complete Part C click here

Hopefully, children will have had a lot of fun completing their folders and you’ll have enjoyed the process too. Once the folder is complete why not think about having an official certificate from Trinity College London? These usually cost £6 but in the current situation we can offer you these for FREE. We just need you to send a digital copy of the folder, with the child’s full name and date of birth, to:  We will then mark it, to make sure all the sections are finished, and let you know if you’ve achieved the Award. Your official certificate may be delayed until Trinity College, London are processing them again.


If you enjoyed Arts Award Discover, you might like the next level which is called Explore. It is more detailed, includes more work and takes longer to do, but is just as much fun. Contact Tracy to find out more about Arts Award Explore

Teachers, please feel free to share the arts award resources with your parents and children.  To help you introduce Arts Award here is an editable word document you can add to your homeschooling apps or email to parents.

We would like to thank the external partners who have helped promote and support our Arts Award resource:

Culture Bridge North East is working in partnership with Tees Valley Museum to support the delivery of Discover at Home Arts Award. This is a fantastic opportunity to keep children and young people engaged in arts and creativity while they are at home

Family Explorers  who have done so much in promoting this resource to families across the North East.

Arts Council England who supply  much needed funding