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Arts Award

Arts Award at Oatlands

Arts Award Discover and Explore level is offered to Year 6 children at Oatlands and taught by specialist Art teacher and Arts Award Adviser Miss Joseph.  ‘Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that supports anyone aged up 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 - from art, fashion to digital art, pottery to poetry’.


Miss Joseph

‘Young people get to:

  • discover the enjoyment of creating and participating in any art form
  • develop their creativity and leadership skills
  • learn new skills and share them with others
  • get to work with or experience working with creative arts professional’

Arts Award 2019

Year 6 have been working hard for their Arts Award this year and exploring artists who are differently abled as part of our Celebrating Diversity theme this year in Art. Children have taken part in visual impairment workshops at Harrogate Theatre, created a mosaic with participants and their carers from Craft Aid International and developed art works inspired by David Hockney, Stephen Wiltshire and Labina Himid.
See below what pupils have been doing for their Arts Award.

Pupils choreographing, Proud To Be Me, for the upcoming Arts Exhibition

Pupils working with Craft Aid International on a mosaic sculpture to be unveiled at the Arts Exhibition 5th June.
Pupils creating architectural drawings of Harrogate buildings inspired by artist Stephen Wiltshire, who is autistic savant.
Pupils have been working on a year group installation inspired by artist Libaina Himid, a Turner Prize winner whose art works look at slavery. Pupils created an art piece to be exhibited at the Arts Exhibition which looks at modern day slavery.

As part of our Celebrating Diversity programme this year, and as part of our Arts Award we have been studying the world famous and Yorkshire born artist David Hockney who has been an incredible inspiration to the contribution to the history of Art. Year 6 have been inspired by Hockney’s charcoal drawings of Yorkshire.

Miss Joseph

Arts Award 2018

Congratulations to all our year 6 who have completed and achieved their Arts Award at either Discover or Explore level. Children have recieved their certificates in their secondary schools. Well done for all your hard work.

Miss Joseph and all at OJS

This is what the external moderator C Lunghi had to say;

Excellent portfolios- detailed, well presented and addressed all the necessary requirements to each part of the award. The work was thorough throughout- very well done!


Miss Joseph

Year 6 have been busy working hard on their Arts Award learning about Arts organisations and taking part in Arts activities during Arts Week. Children have been busy working on their project inspired by the artist Ai Weiwei and have even visited his exhibit, Zodiac - Circle of Animals, exhibiting at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Please have a look at our Arts Week page to see what we have taken part in.

Arts Award 2017

Moderation Report 2017

‘ The young people have clearly gained a lot from doing their Arts Award and have achieved all assessment criteria in order to pass.  They’ve had a rich experience and I particularly love the animation.  Communication in part D was well documented using the videos.  Evidence was easy to find, well laid out and well labelled.  Congratulations on a successful moderation’. Moderator May Knowles. Arts Award.


Miss Joseph

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