On this page we share useful documents to help you prepare your school entries and other documents that may be of interest.
To download any of the documents below simply click on the blue link:
Download the logo to show you’re a dot-art School on your school website.
Handy reminder sheet of things to note when preparing your entries and the student details you need to gather.
Handy tips for taking photographs of student artwork and preparing the image files
How to upload your entries, including the schools info and pupil image files.
What is dot-art Schools and why do it? Our leaflet gives you the answers.
These handy notes breakdown exactly what you need to do throughout the year to take part in the competition.
dot-art Schools were 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 (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.