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Arts Award Discover

... the first step on your Arts Award Journey

Why not get rewarded for your creative efforts?

Accredited by Trinity College London, Arts Award Discover is an introductory award, designed for ages 5 and above but is open to children and young people aged up to 25.

To achieve the Arts Award Discover all you need to do it complete the tasks set over the next 6 weeks and fill out our Log Book. Be as inventive and creative as you can. Write about your experience or use photos, video or collage to capture your creations. Great fun for the whole family – we promise the activities won’t make too much mess!

When you’ve completed all activities send your Log Book to Sophie Wynne ( and we will submit your Log Book to Trinity College London for your Arts Award certificate.

We look forward to seeing your artwork and don’t forget to share your progress with us on social media using #DockyardArtsAward

Week 1: Sailors

... Macrame Keyring

What you’ll need:

  • Pieces of wool, string or fabric
  • Beads
  • Tape
  • Key ring loop

Watch the video for a step by step guide on how to make your keyring.

Week 2: Science

... the science of submarines

What you’ll need:

  • 2 x plastic bottles
  • 3 x elastic bands
  • 3-4 x paper clips
  • 2 x lolly sticks
  • 1 x bead
  • Something to make holes in plastic bottles (like a heated needle or a drill)
  • Pen-knife or scissors

Did you know? HM Submarine Ocelot sailed 90,000 miles during her career and her top speed when submerged was 17 knots.

Don’t forget to record this week’s activity in your Log Book.

Week 3: Under the Sea

... going with the tide

Find out about the biggest battle on the Medway and the English defeat largely forgotten

Thanks to John De Rose, ex Dockyard Shipwright and current volunteer for the Reading Room and Chatham Dockyard Historical Society.

Activity 3: Make a Pom Pom Octopus

Whilst the sight of an Octopus in the River Medway would be incredibly rare, many of the ships that enter the River are likely to have encountered these creatures on their travels. The Octopus is also the subject of many seafaring myths and legends.

Follow the instructions in the video and make your own mythical Octopus.

What you’ll need:

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Coloured Paper
  • Glue
  • Wool
  • Hole-punch (optional)

Don’t forget to update the activity in your log book.

Week 4: Ships and Shipmates

... make a Jolly Roger Flag

 Find out about the Jolly Roger of HMS Trenchant in our collection.

With thanks to Jim Williamson, Volunteer for the Reading Room and the Learning Team at Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust.

Activity 4: Make a Jolly Roger flag

Now it’s over to you. Can you make a Jolly Roger Flag? Carefully think about the symbols you choose and what they might represent.

What you’ll need:

  • Fabric (anything you have to hand will work, we used felt)
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Pins (not essential but they will make things easier)

Don’t forget to record this week’s activity in your Log Book.

Activity 5: Secret Messages and Spies

... make a dazzle ship

With thanks to Jim Williamson, volunteer for the Learning Team and Reading Room.

Some pictorial examples of the use of Dazzle are below:

Activity 6: Body Art

... make natural tattoos

Our spring exhibition in 2020, Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed told the story in more detail. Whilst the exhibition is no longer open, much of the exhibition is available to view online.

Artist Research

Research an artist or craftsperson that you find interesting. Tell us what you discover…

Use our amazing online resource “100 Objects That Made Kent” to get some inspiration.
Or look further afield at the Tate’s fantastic kid’s pages:

Arts Award Discover

... the first step in your Arts Award journey


What is Arts Award?

Arts Award is a scheme that provides a variety of unique qualifications achievable by anyone aged 5-25, which helps them grow as artists. Children and young people are encouraged to take inspiration from the arts worlds by connecting with a range of art forms.

Are there different levels?

Accredited by Trinity College London, Arts Award goes from the introductory Discover Award to the next levels of Explore, Bronze, Silver, and Gold. These are delivered in a wide range of settings, such as cultural and heritage sites, museums and weekly clubs or groups.

Find out more

What does it achieve?

Via the scheme, children and young people can achieve a nationally recognised qualification which goes towards progressing in further education and employment. In addition to expanding their art world knowledge you can learn skills in communication, leadership and creativity.

What is Arts Award at the Dockyard?

Here at the Dockyard, we are an Arts Award Centre promoting cross-curriculum activities for small or large groups. We can also visit you in your setting. We focus on offering flexible and bespoke content inspired by the Historic Dockyard with the opportunity for attendees to self-curate their own exhibitions. We have previously offered a broad range of topics such as photography to stop animation and visual arts to textiles.

We have worked with a huge variety of groups, from whole school Arts Award days to smaller projects with Young Carers and Medway Virtual School.

Please email Sophie Wynne ( if you would like to know more.