John Hegley Writing ResourceJohn Hegley: Putting You in the Picture – Writing Resource

Imagine diving right into a picture: what would you see, hear, feel, smell?

Putting You in the Picture is a resource to inspire and support 9-11 year olds to explore imagined stories behind works of art, leading to the creation of new poems and drawings.

Developed by poet John Hegley, these teaching resources focus on using poetry, stories and artworks to produce creative engagements with visual art. They offer ideas, tips, examples and exercises that will inspire and support your own creative work, and can be used in gallery settings, schools or at home.

Putting You in the Picture resources are produced by Clare Elstow, and have been supported by Arts Council England.


What is Artsmark?

Artsmark is a nationally recognised accreditation demonstrating excellence in arts and cultural provision. It is a way of celebrating and recognising your organisation’s success in these key areas.

How can Apples and Snakes help you with Artsmark?

If you book a poet or storyteller through us to come to your school and deliver a performance, workshops or an INSET, this can contribute towards your Artsmark. You can Book a Poet here. Our experienced poets can deliver workshops and performances linked to World Book Day, National Poetry Day, Celebrating Black History, How to Teach Poetry and other themes at your request.

Who can apply?

All primary and secondary schools, further education colleges and youth justice settings in England can apply for Artsmark.

Why should my organisation apply for Artsmark?

Achieving Artsmark status demonstrates that your school or setting has a number of very special qualities. It demonstrates that you:

  • have an arts and cultural provision for all children and young people
  • are forward thinking and open to development
  • are committed to investing in your staff and young people, in effect nurturing talent
  • are committed to listening to your students and providing opportunities for your community
  • have an effective approach to building sustainable relationships with arts and cultural organisations
  • value the arts and culture through a broad and balanced curriculum

Arts Award celebrates the artistic achievements of young people and can be achieved through any arts, media or cultural activity, including spoken word.

There are no entry requirements, no set rules on how to present your work and no time limit for completing each award as long as you are aged between 7 and 25 years.

Apples and Snakes is an Arts Award supporter. This means if you or a young person you know is interested in developing new creative skills and experiences, then Apples and Snakes can help you to achieve your Arts Award.

Apples and Snakes are one of the 750 organisations across the UK who have pledged to meet the Family Arts Standards, a UK-wide recognised quality-mark demonstrating excellence in family provision.