Family Log Book
Family Discover Arts Award Log Book
Oxford University Museums and Collections are delighted to be able to offer Discover Arts Award for children and families that are visitor sto the museums. Discover Arts Award os a fantastic wasy to explore different art forms, participate in creative activities, find out about artists and their work and share what you have done with others.
To complete your Discover Arts Award you will need to purchase a copy of the Discover the Oxford University Museums and Collections logbook (one copy per child). The logbook is a beautifully designed, colour A3 book with inspiring and original activities to complete in each Oxford University Museum. It also has plenty of extra pages for you to be creative and explore ideas.
The logbook contains full instructions on how to complete your Discover Arts Award.
Once you have completed each section of your logbook then hand it in and Museum Education staff will look through it and apply for your Discover Arts Award Certificate. You will be able to collect your logbook and certificate to keep forever once your certificate is ready.
For more information and advice please read through the FAQs below which should answer most queries.
What is Arts Award?
Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification comprising of 5 different levels that inspires young people between the ages of 5 and 25 years old to grow their arts skills. Discover Arts Award is an introductory Award for young people from age 5 upwards.
Who can do the family Discover Arts Award at the Oxford University Museums and Collections?
The Discover the Oxford University Museums and Collections logbook is aimed at children between the ages of 5-11 years. Children must be aged 5 and over to complete a Discover Arts Award. We are unable to process any Discover Arts Awards for children aged under 5 years.
What do we need to do to complete our family Discover Arts Award?
You will need to make at least one visit to each of the four museums: the Pitt Rivers Museum, the Ashmolean Museum, The Museum of Natural History and the Museum of the History of Science. You will need to complete the logbook pages that refer to each of the museums. The pages contain creative and fun tasks to help you discover artists, art forms and objects at each museum. Parents and carers can help children with any writing required. In addition to visiting each museum children need to attend at least one Family Friendly Fun session and record the activity they took part in. There is space to record up to three sessions in the logbook. Family Friendly Fun sessions take place every weekend and during school holidays – almost all of them are free of charge. For more information please see: http://www.museums.ox.ac.uk/content/family-friendly-events. At the end of the logbook on page 16 there is space for children to share their learning and experiences – this is a key element of Discover Arts Award. Sharing can be done with other family members, friends, in show and tell at school or at a club such as Brownies or Wood Craft Folk. Grown-ups can help with any writing required.
In addition to the lovely creative work children do in their logbooks it is also fantastic to have photographs of children on their museum visits or undertaking and completing creative tasks. We encourage you to take photographs whilst completing the logbook and to stick these photographs into the logbooks on the relevant pages. When the museums are busy it is handy to bring a camera to take photographs of any objects children are interested in so that some of the logbook work can be done at home.
How long will Family Discover Arts Award take?
How long you spend doing your Discover Arts Award is up to you as a family. You will need to make 4 museum visits and attend one family Friendly Fun session. Some families might want to work really intensively and complete the logbook in a week – say in a half term holiday. Other families might want to dip in and out throughout the year and may spend 6 – 12 months completing their logbook. We anticipate that most families will spend between 3 – 6 months completing their logbook.
How can we purchase a logbook and how much will it cost?
The logbook costs £7.50 which includes the cost of the Discover Arts Award certificate. It is available to purchase online only. Once you have completed your transaction then please print out your order form and bring it to the Welcome Desk at the front of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Please hand your printed receipt into the member of staff on the Welcome Desk they will give you your logbook and you can get started straight away!ght away!
What art materials can we use whilst in the museums?
Please bring your own art materials with you to the museums. There are however some guidelines surrounding what materials you can use inside the museums and about photography.
Ashmolean – Any art materials can be used except wet materials (e.g. paint) and charcoal. No flash photography. No tripods.
Pitt Rivers - Any art materials can be used except wet materials (e.g. paint) and charcoal. Flash photography is permitted. No tripods.
Museum of Natural History – Only graphite can be used. Flash photography is permitted. No tripods.
Museum of the History of Science - Any art materials can be used except wet materials (e.g. paint) and charcoal. No flash photography. No tripods.
If you wish to work on some of your pages using paint or other materials not permitted in the museum please use pencil or other permitted materials whilst at the museum(s) and then complete these logbook pages at home using paint etc.
Materials for Family Friendly Sessions are provided at each museum and you are able to use these materials for the sessions within the designated areas during the sessions.
What should we do when we have completed the logbook?
When you think have completed your logbook please read through the checklist on page 1 and ensure that you have completed each of the sections listed. Please also make sure that you have completed the information requested on page 16 of the logbook your: child’s name (as you would like it to appear on the certificate, your child’s date of birth information as well as a contact e-mail. We will not be able to process your logbook without this information. Put your logbook in a sturdy envelope or folder and address it to Rachel Parle. Please hand your logbook in at the Welcome Desk at the Museum of Natural History. You will be given a special receipt to show that we are looking after the logbook whilst it is being assessed.
Who will assess the logbooks and when will this happen?
A trained Arts Award advisor will assess your logbook. The advisors are all members of the Family Friendly Fun team from across the museums. We assess logbooks three times a year – shortly after the three hand in dates that are listed on page 16 of the logbook: 10th January, 10th May and 10th September. Logbooks are assessed in batches shortly after each of the hand in dates. If you miss a hand in date then your logbook will be assessed in the next batch. We are unable to assess logbooks on an individual basis outside of the assessment dates.
How long will it take to have a logbook assessed and for certificates to arrive?
We aim to assess all logbooks as soon as possible after a hand in date. Certificates are ordered from and printed by Arts Award and this can take up to 8 weeks at busy times. We will do our best to try and make this process as speedy as possible.
How will we know when to come and collect our certificate?
You will receive an e-mail saying that your certificate and logbook are ready for collection. Please come to the Welcome Desk at the Museum of Natural History. We request that all logbooks are collected within one month of receiving the collection e-mail.
Will the logbooks be returned to us?
Your logbook will be returned to you to keep forever when you come and collect your certificate.
How can we get help if we have a query while completing our logbook?
If you have a query about completing your logbook then please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. This e-mail address is checked almost every week day and you should be able to get help and advice quickly.
Where can we find out more about Arts Award in general?
Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification that inspires young people between the ages of 5 and 25 years old to grow their arts skills. Discover Arts Award is an introductory Award for young people from age 5 upwards. For more information please see: http://www.artsaward.org.uk