On this page we will share useful documents to support you with the competition, plus art education advocacy documents and web links from our partners that may be of interest. To download any of the documents below please click on the pink title link:
What is Art Bytes and why do it? Our leaflet gives you the answers. A leaflet to share with colleagues considering joining Art Bytes.
The essential guide to help you through the competition stages.
These handy notes breakdown what you need to do to take part in the competition.
Explains the formats of work accepted and details required for submissions
Tips for capturing the best possible images of your students’ work.
Information on entering work via our website
A useful advocacy document outlining the facts and what schools can do to improve art education.
Why not try holding a silent auction at school.
8 tips and 8 benefits to a silent auction of your pupils’ art work.
Print ready sheets for you to print one per artwork.
Addresses the most commons questions about having a silent auction at your school.
dot-art Schools, the forerunner of Art Bytes, was delighted to be accepted for the CERI (Cultural Education Research Initiative) research project. CERI is a partnership between Curious Minds and Liverpool Hope University to support research-informed practice in cultural education.
The research offered an opportunity to examine what impact participating in the competition has had on both the school and students, and to map and learn more about the social, economic and educational context those schools sit within. We wanted to discover what motivates schools to take part in dot-art Schools competition, investigate the reasons for the diverse quality of artwork entered and address ways to support teachers to improve the quality of pupil’s art experiences. Does competing build quality, so schools produce better art as a result?
We looked at data about participating schools from 2012 – 2018 to give a demographic context of the schools that have taken part. We discovered that 64% of the participating primary schools and 50% of the secondary schools are in the most deprived quarter of the UK population. The researcher from Liverpool Hope University also conducted interviews with teachers from a representative range of schools and those competing regularly as well as for the first time.
dot-art Schools commissioned graphic artist Thom Isom to produce this fantastic poster, which is FREE to download (click the link above). Thom worked with groups of creative industries professionals, recent graduates, current students and the general public to find out what barriers exist to working towards a creative career, why and how people choose to study creative subjects and the huge advantages this can bring. The result is this inspirational image, highlighting the huge number of jobs in the creative industries (which is the fastest growing sector in the UK) and just some of the reasons why working towards a creative career is such a fantastic idea! Supported by Arts Council England.
AccessArt is a charity which supports visual arts teaching and learning. Established in 1999, they advocate the importance of high quality visual arts education for all, and enable and inspire this through the UK’s largest collection of online resources and through CPD and training & network events.
NSEAD is the leading voice for art, craft & design education across all sectors, all phases, throughout the UK and beyond. Membership offers comprehensive workplace protection, wide-ranging support for better practice and inspiration for every learner.
Founded in 2000 by the Guild of St George, The Big Draw is a pioneering visual literacy charity dedicated to raising the profile of drawing as a tool for wellbeing, thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement. The charity leads a diverse programme of advocacy, empowerment and engagement, and is the founder and driving force behind The Big Draw Festival – the world’s biggest celebration of drawing.