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Arts Award Explore

Arts Award Explore enables children to develop a basic understanding of a range of art forms, artists and arts organisations, to commit to taking part in arts activities and to demonstrate a basic understanding of communication.

With Rust & Stardust's specially created Explore programme, participants complete the qualification over a series of sessions, to a total qualification time of 35 hours. Examples of sessions include after school clubs, youth groups and home education groups.

The programme is designed for ages 7-11, particularly upper Key Stage 2, and participants will take part in the arts, explore the work of artists, create an artwork and share their experience.

The Programme

The below is an example of a programme structure for illustration and exact schedule can be arranged to suit your needs.

Week 1

Rust & Stardust meet participants and introduce them to the project. Children receive a specially created Arts Log to record their journey.

Weeks 2-4

Children participate in weekly sessions to make puppets, creating their own artworks.

Weeks 5-6

Children participate in rehearsals to prepare for performances and conduct Q & A sessions with the artists.

Weeks 7-8

Children participate in performances. Children present their art works and share their experiences using their Arts Logs.


Work is assessed by a trained Arts Award Advisor and validated by a moderator. Children receive a certificate.

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Arts Award Explore is an entry level qualification certificated by Trinity College London.

To pass Arts Award Explore, participants are required to create an individual arts log demonstrating how they meet the following requirements:

  • Active participation in a range of arts activities, providing a personal response about what they have learnt from taking part (Part A)

  • Experience of arts organisations, artists and their work (Part B)

  • Creativity and arts skills through making art work (Part C)

  • Identification of what they have enjoyed and/or achieved, and their communication of this to others (Part D)

Our advisors assess participants in the following areas:

  • Art form knowledge and understanding

  • Creativity

  • Communication


We currently offer opportunities for individuals and groups to work towards Arts Award Discover and Explore Awards. This means teachers and youth organisation leaders can book us to run one-off or regular Arts Award sessions. Young people will develop creative and critical skills, set themselves challenges, explore the arts, share their achievements and gain a recognised qualification, while working with arts professionals.

Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England. Rust & Stardust's local bridge organisation is Artswork (South East.)

Arts Award with Rust & Stardust

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