The Investigate learning team is delighted to launch a brand new Arts Award offer for budding artists aged 5 to 25. Take inspiration from our ‘Your Patch of Earth’ project to earn yourself an Arts Award ‘Discover’ certificate.
Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification from Trinity College London and ‘Discover’ is the first level. It’s a great way for families to be creative and learn about the arts at home, or a fabulous project for the classroom.
It enables young people to be rewarded for the creative activities they enjoy, or explore new ones, and supports them to connect with their local heritage and arts venues.
To get the award, you need to work through three simple steps and collect evidence as you go:
- Investigate someone who practises an art form – there are many art forms to choose from including sculpture, photography, music, dance, drama and film making!
- Create your own art – again, this can take any form
- Reflect on your experience and share it with others
We’ve got 9 mini ‘Your Patch of Earth’ projects to inspire your art activities. The way you collect and present your evidence is up to you.
You could make a mini portfolio, a poster, a short film, or use web apps like ‘Padlet’. You can download our easy to follow Arts Award Discover – Guide with helpful suggestions and a handy Arts Award Discover – Art Log to fill in too.
Discover at Home is a great option for parents, carers and teachers who may not be arts specialists themselves or are looking for something different to keep children engaged and entertained.
How to get your certificate
Our learning team staff are qualified to check your work and apply for your certificate. There is a small charge of £5 per young person, which covers the cost of the certificate from Trinity College London and postage to you.
Submitting your work by email is the best way:
- Set up an email to Investigateemail@example.com. In the subject heading write ‘Arts Award Discover: Your Patch of Earth’.
- In the email, you need to add: Your Full Name and Date of Birth, as well as the address that you would like your Certificate to be posted to.
- Attach images/videos/audio files of your Arts Award Discover work to the email. If any of your work is on paper or physical (eg. A handmade masterpiece, or if you’ve printed our Art Log) then take a photo and attach to your email. If you’d like to link us to anything you’ve uploaded online please make sure we have permission to access it.
- Get an adult to add in this bit to the email: “I confirm that my child/name has completed the ‘Arts Award Discover’ evidenced in this email.” And ask them to add their name.
Once you have submitted your Arts Award evidence, we will send you an email with instructions on how to pay the £5 fee.Read More
Day 1 of our filming with Paradigm Arts and the Investigate Learning team have started production of our new Investigate from the Castle Walls digital project kit.
We certainly learnt a lot about filming in windy conditions and had great fun!! Watch this space for more on this new development in the coming months.Read More
Do you enjoy getting creative? Do you want to care for the planet? Well, if you answered ‘yes’ then this project is definitely for you!
‘Your Patch of Earth’ is our new creative arts project, encouraging you to get arty whilst considering environmental themes. All our activities also link to our wonderful heritage sites and collections. Learn how to ‘make do and mend’ with the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, find out how Dennis the Dragon plans to make Lincoln Castle greener, and hear Norse stories about the Gods and the World Tree, Yggdrasil from The Collection.
We want you to get involved by writing stories, making music, painting pictures, taking photographs and using your green fingers. In fact, you can be artistic any way you like!
Every Thursday for 9 weeks (until 3rd June 2021) we will release a new film tutorial to inspire you, as well as highlighting an item or idea from one of our sites. You can access the films from this page, on our site social media pages and on our YouTube playlist ‘Investigate Learning – Your Patch of Earth’.
If you fancy a challenge, you could take part in all 9 activities and receive a certificate from the Investigate Learning team (plus loads of kudos!).
We are also offering the opportunity to achieve your Arts Award Discover qualification with us by doing one of the activities. This is a nationally recognised qualification, suitable for ages 5-25. Keep a look out for more information on getting your Arts Award coming soon!
Dennis the Dragon’s Guide to Going Green – live from 10am 8 April 2021
Create a Dennis the Dragon Storyboard – live from 10am 8 April 2021
Create an Art Deco Sunburst – live from 10am 15 April 2021
Give a Gift to Mother Earth – live from 10am 22 April 2021
Create an Orchard Soundscape – live from 10am 29 April 2021
Make do and mend – live from 10am 6 May 2021
Norse Nature Mythology – live from 10am 13 May 2021
Make a Self-Watering Plant Pot – live from 10am 20 May 2021
Windowsill allotment – live from 10am 27 May 2021
Photographing Wildlife – live from 10am 3 June 2021Read More
The Investigate Learning Team are looking to commission four artists who are at an early stage in their careers.
The artists will create a bespoke style for new Arts Award resources that relate to our Creative Arts Kits.
We are able to pay each of the artists £500, which has been made possible due to our Art Fund Respond and Reimagine grant award.
Closing date is Sunday 4thApril.Read More
Online Exhibition Learning Project in response to the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain in partnership with the Imperial War Museum
We are excited to bring you our collaborative digital Exhibition Learning Project that explores, interprets and responds to a selection of art works that reflect the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Over the next 8 weeks we will showcase the online projects and learning resources created by the Investigate Learning Team. These will be introduced each Friday via the Collection social media.
This Online Exhibition Learning Project was initiated by the Learning and Exhibitions Teams at The Collection Museum, with support from The Mighty Creatives, Arts Council, Imperial War Museum Battle of Britain Partnership and in collaboration with Paradigm Arts and Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire Partnership.
Some schools are piloting our new Arts Award Discover offer using the art works so if you would like to know more about that and other Arts Award projects please contact the Investigate team.
- For more details please visit The Collection website
- Read the blog
- Films released will appear on our YouTube channel
- Film support materials for teachers will appear here
Image credit: Art.IWM ART 17748, Untitled, c.1940, Eileen Agar, Gouache on board © The Estate of Eileen Agar / Bridgeman ImagesRead More
The learning team have been digging a little deeper into Lincolnshire’s Viking history since the release of the new Assassin’s Creed Valhalla video game.
The game features ‘Lincolnscire’ and it allows you to explore a fictionalised version of Lincoln in the 9th Century.
We’ve created a new interactive quiz to test your knowledge about the Vikings and to showcase some of the artefacts and locations that we know about.
You can follow the story of our fictional character Yrsa as she travels from Gainsborough to Lincoln and learn about Viking life along the way.
We’ve chosen to set our quiz around the early years of the 10th Century when Sweyn Forkbeard became the first Danish King in England (although only briefly) and Lincoln was a thriving centre for trade.
We have many exciting and rare artefacts on display at The Collection, and some of these feature in the quiz.
We are also excited to share with you an incredible reconstruction of how Danesgate probably looked during this period, created by Pete Lorimer. You can see a number of craft people’s workshops and even the remains of Roman structures that were already nearly a thousand years old by this time!
Danesgate is the street that runs alongside The Collection Museum today, and during excavations of the area, many artefacts and the remains of wooden buildings were discovered.
We hope you enjoy this glimpse into Viking Lincoln and wish you good luck in the quiz!Read More
Lucy the Dragon is turning even more green – she is very excited and needs your help!
Calling all you budding artists, designers and inventors for our Big Green Draw Exhibition.
Have a go at designing new and extraordinary environmentally friendly inventions for Lucy to use around Lincoln Castle. Be as imaginative and magical as possible!
We were thinking you could design us a magical dragon recycling machine but we’re sure you’ll have loads more ideas! Lucy would love to see them and she will display them all in her marvellous digital exhibition!
How to be part of Lucy’s exhibition
We welcome all ages and creative abilities to take part in Lucy’s digital exhibition. Lincoln Castle is already a great place for health and wellbeing and we look forward to seeing all of your creative inventions for A Climate of Change. The final date for submissions is Sunday 31st January 2021.
Enter by sending to the email address – Investigate-Learning@lincolnshire.gov.uk.
When you send in your design please tell us the following details
Name to display on the digital exhibition:
Join Lincoln Castle mailing list?
Yes or No
Big Green Draw creations can be sent as digital designs or as scanned or photographed drawings, paintings, mixed media or 3d inventions! Get inventing!
For schools: We welcome inventions and designs from school classes and these can be sent in separately or as one class block and they will be entered into the digital exhibition as a group.Read More
With all the restrictions imposed upon us as a result of the pandemic, sadly we are not able run our wonderful Poppy Remembrance workshops this year with the fabulously talented Ruth Pigott. However after speaking to both Ruth and the celebrated poet Ash Dickinson, who many schools have worked with before, we have put together both a KS1 and KS2 workshop which are available on our Aviation Section of the Investigate website
STANLEY AND THE PURPLE POPPIES
Head over and meet Stanley, Ruth Pigott’s adorable puppet dog, who will tell you all about the bravery of animals during times of conflict and make your own Stanley puppet!
LEST WE FORGET…
Meet inspirational poet Ash Dickinson and get some tips on how to write and enjoy poetry. Ash has recorded a very special video poetry workshop which will help you to reflect on the sacrifices made for us during wartime to be able to live the lives we do todayRead More
Aviation Learning have just launched a series of new learning resources all based around WW2
Do you know how many sweets you would be able to have on a week’s ration? What might you use to make cakes with instead of sugar? How to make your own plant pot and grow your own vegetables?
Find out the answers to these and many more by looking out for our new WW2 worksheets in the Aviation Learning resources section.Read More
Learning Experiences at our sites
We are looking forward to the time when we can welcome you all back for our learning workshops and guided learning sessions at the Lincoln heritage sites (Lincoln Castle, The Collection and Museum of Lincolnshire Life).
Over the summer we will be finalising our plans for this in order to ensure your safety.
Keep an eye on our website for updates.
Investigate Learning have recently become an Arts Award centre and we are busy planning our new offers. Please contact us if you would like to discuss how we can support your pupils in gaining their Arts Awards.
As an Artsmark Partner we work with many schools and colleges to support their creative arts journey.
Museums and Schools Aviation Learning Project
Our Aviation learning team continue to offer their exciting range of workshops across the Aviation sites of Lincolnshire. Schools will be invited to join in with both digital and onsite activities, as well as offering the Discover at Home Arts Award.
Outreach Loans Kits – Investigate Learning on Tour
Our loans kits are available in September (new T & Cs for Covid-19) and we will also be launching some new ones in the Autumn. These will focus upon interpretation skills and designing your own exhibitions.
These larger kits are based upon topics such as Prehistory, Early Medieval and Creative Arts (four new Arts kits).
Look out for the launch in the Autumn!
Our digital learning resources from lockdown are available on the site websites below. We are looking to further develop our digital offer and would be interested to hear from you regarding the areas you would like us to support and focus upon where we can. This could lead to the development of project packs for gallery tours and Arts awards or something else…
We are open to ideas for the development of our digital support activities linked our sites and collections! Let us know how we might help.Read More