A Level Art

Here at Tretherras we offer a wide range of opportunities and experiences for students within Art. We believe it is important to offer a range of processes and techniques for students to explore everything from: Traditional Drawing and Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography and Digital Art.
Under-pinning our courses and projects is the importance of introducing students to the multitude of influences out there in the world of art today: from historical to contemporary, local to global, the world of art is changing and evolving and we want our Art department and our students’ work to reflect that.
“Creativity is intelligence having fun!” Albert Einstein

Year 1 and 2 Topics studied
Year 1- Unit 1 (Coursework)
Teacher led project-Natural forms and the landscapes starting with a residential trip and working with an artist somewhere in Cornwall. In this project you will be taught how to explore a wide range of styles, processes and techniques working both in 2d and 3d.
Personal project- You will have the opportunity to develop your own style of work using your own ideas, subject matter and choice of artist inspiration to produce a personal outcome.

Year 1 -Unit 2 Exam
Students work on an Exam question provided by the exam board. Students have a 3 month exam preparation period followed by a 10 hour exam.

Year 2 Unit 3 – Personal Investigation.
This is a self-directed major piece of coursework which gives the students the opportunity to really explore an area within the world of art they are interested in. Includes a 3000 word essay.

Year 2 Unit 4
Students work on an Exam question provided by the exam board. Students have a 3 month exam preparation period followed by a 15 hour exam.

Assessment details
60% Coursework 40% Exam for both AS and A2

Entry Requirement
We expect students to obtain a B grade at GCSE to be able to cope with the course, however students who have gained a strong C will be considered after consultation with their GCSE teacher.

Students from another school need to bring a portfolio of work to show Mr. Strugnell if they have gained a C grade at GCSE.
Students who have not taken GCSE Art will be considered but need to present a portfolio which should include drawing from observation, some photography and work which has been developed in a range of media.

Students are to attend 9 lessons a fortnight and attend studio time once a week after school as well as work at home independently to keep up with coursework and exam prep.
Outside of the Classroom

We believe that it is important for an Art student’s education to take them to see artwork in the context of museums and galleries. Trips to London, St Ives and Dartmoor are a regular part of our calendar. The Dartmoor trip is particularly important as it gives students the chance to visit and see artists working in their studios. Previous artists involved have been Peter Randall-Page and Susan Derges.

Reasons to Study this

Art students at Tretherras are fortunate to have access to a vast range of facilities. We have 3 large traditional art rooms equipped with every resource under the sun. We have a Professional standard Apple Mac suite and Photography classroom running Adobe Creative Suite 6 software. We are equipped with a professional Photography studio as well as a darkroom for traditional film and wet based Photography. We have a specialist kiln and ceramics room to facilitate the Ceramics element to our curriculum.

A Level Results
A Level Art- 100% A*
A Level Photography-A*-B-63% and 100%A*-C
AS Art- A*-B-77% and A*-D 100%
AS Photography- A*-B-70% and A*-C-100%

Create Ed is a competition and exhibition based at Falmouth University showcasing a wide range of Art and Design from all the Secondary Schools and colleges in Cornwall. Tretherras had fantastic success picking up 5 Awards in Create Ed 2014.