The Art Curriculum
Art and design education is highly valued at Riverside School, encouraging students to become visually literate along with
Students at Riverside School are provided with a platform to develop and enhance their creative skills necessary for the modern world we live in. In art lessons, students engage in and are challenged to take creative risks, solve problems and become independent enquirers to gain a wealth of contextual and cultural understanding. As young artists, students produce unique meaningful works of art.
KS3 Art & Design
In Key Stage 3, students are introduced to a wide range of skills starting with observational drawings to explore tone, shape, texture, form, line and colour. Students will engage in a range of exciting and thought provoking projects to enhance their practical skills and critical understanding making links to the wider world. All students work from a sketchbook, illustrating a highly creative journey and documenting their progress.
In year 7, students will begin to explore the fundamental skills of drawing, including an exploration of the key elements of art: tone, texture, line, form, shape and colour. Students will develop their collaborative skills from the spring term, where they will participate in a cross-curricular 3D project on conservation and the eco system.
In year 8, students enhance their basic knowledge and deepen their learning through creative thinking and decision-making in a unique project based on typography, inspired by the artist Rob and Roberta Smith. Students will be given the opportunity to work from 2D design to create a clay sculpture. Students also gain the experience to collaborate with exhibiting artists with links to the Royal College of Art and the Saatchi Gallery.
KS4 Art and Design
Awarding Body: Edexcel GCSE Art & Design.
At Riverside School, we aim to provide all students with the opportunities to develop as creative thinkers with the ability to solve problems. We encourage our students to become independent and approach their learning with an understanding and a sense of self.
In year 9, students begin by exploring the theme of Urban Regeneration. The programme of study allows students to look into their local environment at the depth that they are given the opportunity to collaborate with local artists and designers. Students are introduced to a new range of skills, materials and processes from 3D sculpture to photography and digital art to more traditional forms of painting.
From the end of year 9, students will start their Identity project that continues into Year 10. As part of the identity project, students will be given the unique opportunity to work with an exhibiting artist from the Courtauld Institute of Art. Following a visit to the Courtauld Gallery in Somerset House, Year 10 students will participate in in-school workshops with the artist, learning a range of acrylic painting techniques. Year 11 will begin with an exploration of 3d shape and form as part of a sculpture project before they commence their externally set assignment.
GCSE Art and Design at Riverside School is an experience of new learning and developing confidence; with a whole range of skills to equip students with the necessary tools that prove most valuable for life after secondary education.
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