Guest blog: Embarking on Artsmark for the first time by Emma Lynch, Richardson Dees Primary School

10 October 2017

Guest blog: Embarking on Artsmark for the first time by Emma Lynch, Richardson Dees Primary School

Artsmark has given us a platform to showcase how the arts are promoted, delivered and monitored in our school, and has provided additional opportunities for all staff to reflect on our current art provision.

The continued dialogue about art as a result of applying for Artsmark has led to the sharing of good practice and an ongoing celebration of art experiences. The demands of the new curriculum, coupled with ever changing methods and practice of teaching, create a rollercoaster for school staff. But the arts is a medium that can be instrumental in maintaining creativity, and levelling the playing field for some children.  

At Richardson Dees we try our very best to equip all our children with every tool that can support their full potential, as well as providing lasting memories of tangible, hands on learning. The arts is as important as any subject and I think we are continually providing experiences that support this ethos. 

From the horse's mouth

For example, Mollie, one of our Year 1 pupils, said: “I really liked doing the art week where we got to make lots of lovely junk chandeliers to go outside.”

And our art lead Mrs Lynch added: “Every child in our school has access to a plethora of art experiences. The Artsmark helps to identify the strong delivery of the arts in our school, but also finds areas that we can develop and improve.”

Emma’s top tips for a school that might be considering applying for Artsmark for the first time are:

  • Involve all staff in the decision making on how The Arts are delivered in school
  • Be creative!
  • Agree on an event that will showcase the provision of the arts
  • Document the progression of the arts on school websites and other social media
  • Engage parents in art activities
  • Maximise opportunities for outdoor art experiences.