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Art

Our Curriculum Intent

 Visual culture is everywhere. We see it in social media, gaming, cinema, advertising, television, fashion, interiors; an endless list. The growth of the creative industries means that there has never been a more important time to be actively engaged in the arts. However, creativity is a uniquely human trait.  In the Art Department, we believe that everyone is an artist and everyone benefits from developing their creativity. Three Rivers Academy students learn traditional skills and techniques, but they also learn how to look critically at the world. Our Department will encourage your son/daughter to develop their own creative interests, learn new artists and express their own ideas. This kind of creative thinking is invaluable to all employers (whether in the creative industries or not).  More fundamentally, we believe Art is vital for students' mental health, self-esteem and a sense of having a voice in the world. Everything our students study in Art can be applied to the other subjects they study in the curriculum.

Our department vision, is for everyone in our school to be:

  • CREATIVE - Free thinkers that feel allowed to dream and are inspired by their imaginations.
  • INDEPENDENT - Able to work on their own ideas, alone and with confidence -yet also confident enough to work together when appropriate.
  • CURIOUS AND ENGAGED - Interested, curious and passionate about art (both the old and the new).
  • IN THE MOMENT - Knowing that all genuine efforts are useful 'stepping-stones' and should be valued (it's not all about the 'Final Piece').
  • COMMITTED - “Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working,” - Pablo Picasso

In years 7, 8 and 9 the Art Department teach a variety of core skills and introduce students to a variety of artists and approaches. From Year 7 we also emphasise the importance of independent work. Students are encouraged to use their sketchbooks to doodle, sketch and pursue their own interests. Work which shows particular effort is rewarded with house-points and recognition from art teachers. We know that students who enjoy their subjects learn the most.

  • In Year 7 students begin by exploring observational and experimental drawing techniques. They are introduced to colour through paint, the use of ICT and photography in the creative process and explore sculpture techniques.
  • In Year 8 the basic skills are built upon.  Students make work based on pattern and decoration. They create responses which are more personal and draw on a range of cultures and starting points. As well as basic Adobe PhotoShop skills, figuration and abstraction are explored.
  • In Year 9 students start off with a project based on portraiture and identity. Later in the year, in order to help them best choose their options, Year 9 students are given workshops in Fine Art, Photography and Textiles techniques. Work in this year takes on a much more independent focus. In order to prepare them for the demands of the GCSE course, we encourage students to pursue their own interests in a more explicit way. 

Our Learning Journey

 Please click here to view our Art Road Map

Why study Art at GCSE and beyond?

 Please click here to view the ART options information

Qualifications and exam board information

 

Qualification Subject Exam Board Website

GCSE

Year 10/11

Art & Design - Fine Art (C651QS) WJEC

https://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/art-and-design/r-art-and-design-gcse-from-2016/

 

GCSE

Year 10/11

Art & Design - Textile Design (C653QS) WJEC

https://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/art-and-design/r-art-and-design-gcse-from-2016/

 

GCSE

year 10/11

Art & Design - Photography (C656QS) WJEC

https://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/art-and-design/r-art-and-design-gcse-from-2016/

 

A Level

Year 12/13

Art & Design - Fine Art (7202) AQA

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/as-and-a-level/art-and-design

A Level

Year 12/13

Art & Design - Textile Design (7204) AQA

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/as-and-a-level/art-and-design

 A Level

Year 12/13

Art & Design - Photography (7206) AQA

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/as-and-a-level/art-and-design

 

Who to contact?

Curriculum Leaders:

Head of Department: Mr Berriman 

E-mail: andy.berriman@threerivers.thpt.org.uk

 

Head of Photography: Mr Caswell

E-mail: chris.caswell@threerivers.thpt.org.uk

 

Subject Leader: Miss L Bayley (Textiles)

E-mail: lianne.bayley@threerivers.thpt.org.uk