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 and will focus on developing fundamental understanding and core principles of Art through guided projects that allow students to build a foundation of knowledge for further study. Students will explore the work of artists and movements whilst building a bank of subject-specific terminology to analyse and evaluate artwork. In addition, 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 and 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 receive one lesson of Art a week and begin to explore a wider range of artistic creation and materials such as mixed media, use of clay, and printmaking techniques creating 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.
During year 9, students receive three lessons a week in Art and will focus on building a deeper understanding of materials and techniques through guided projects and short workshop sessions that allow students to gain confidence in their application and uses for further study. Students will explore the work of artists and movements whilst building a bank of subject-specific terminology to analyse and evaluate artwork.
Exploring and building a foundation knowledge of how the elements of art are used to create a wide range of Art and design. Students will learn to use subject specific language to talk about works of art in addition to learning how to use and create elements of art in their final outcomes.
Draw using the 7 Elements of Art:
- 2D & 3D shape
Developing 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:
- Art history – modernism
- Tonal drawing
- Writing about artists work
Learning to conduct effective research and investigation through analysing and comparing works of art by Hundertwasser and Laurent. Students will explore their local surroundings in response to Hundertwasser’s environmental work culminating in a 3D relief tile
- Art history
- Developing design ideas
- Clay techniques
- Use of acrylic paint
Enrichment and Extra-Curricular
Students can access a range of additional resources through both the Google classroom and the student site to help develop their own emerging interest in Art and Design. In addition, P7 options offer a range of enrichment such as Beginners Photoshop, 3D printing and Art club. Options for P7 change termly