The KS3 Art curriculum aims to develop student’s confidence, knowledge and understanding of Art using core principles, techniques, and exposure to a variety of art materials.
Develop visual literacy to help understand symbolism and meaning in both Art and the world around them. Art and Design in all its forms should enable students to develop cultural awareness, creativity and expression, as well as the ability to develop analytical thought and problem-solving skills.
During year 7, students receive one lesson a week in Art. During this lesson, they will focus on developing a fundamental understanding of the subjects core principles through guided projects that allow students to build a foundation of knowledge for further study. Students will explore the work of different artists and artistic movements whilst building a bank of subject-specific terminology to analyse and evaluate artwork. Additionally, students will start to explore colour theory and the key elements of Art whilst experimenting with the uses and capabilities of materials such as watercolour, acrylic paints, oil pastel and 3D construction. Students will use directed improvement and reflection time to ensure that skills are developed and embedded in their practice in year 7 and beyond.
During year 8, students undertake two lessons of Art a week and begin to explore a wider range of artistic creation and materials to create connections to career prospects and the wide-ranging scope of Art and Design. Themes, materials, and processes developed in Year 7 underpin students’ knowledge and progress.
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|Explore and build a foundation knowledge of how the elements of art are used to create a wide range of art and design.
Draw using the 7 Elements of Art:
|Develop in-depth knowledge and skill in the use of colour theory and value ranges to create paintings and drawings in response to other artists’ work.
Drawing and painting:
|Learn to conduct effective research and investigation through Art history. Culminate in visual expression and 3D construction.
3D construction and painting:
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|Develop knowledge and skill in creating 3 Dimensional artworks in response to cultural themes linking to prior knowledge of shape, texture and colour
|Develop students’ knowledge and use of materials using new technologies to draw and create 3D works.
|Introduce students to new technologies in art and design to generate and develop creative ideas and outcomes.
Introduction to Photoshop:
|Develop student’s prior year 7 knowledge of hand-sewn techniques and the use of mixed media to draw and create through textiles. Introduction to machine sewing.
Mixed media textiles:
|Build on students’ prior knowledge of Art history, colour theory and use of tone to develop knowledge of drawing and technology.
|Students can access a range of additional resources through both Goggle Classroom and the Student Google Site to help develop their own emerging interest in art and design. Students are invited to apply to become an Arts Leader which aims to promote the arts, both in school and the local community, through engagement in developing exhibitions, performances, and competitions. Additionally, P7 options offer a range of enrichment such as beginners photoshop, 3D printing and art club (Options for P7 change termly).|