Art, craft and design at KS3 inspires and challenges students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. Students are timetabled one Art lesson each week at Key Stage 3. As students progress, they will be able to think critically and develop a better understanding of art and design. They will learn how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. Students will produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences in many forms such as drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.They will study a range of great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Students are expected tocomplete 3 Home Learning pieces per semester. Home Learning is of a practicalor research natural and it set to consolidate learning and to support progressionAll Home Learning is set on Show My Home Work. Students will need basic artequipment at home such as colour pencils and glue.
Skills and Still Life
Introduction to art and the formal elements.Students will develop understanding of line, shape, tone, texture and colour.Drawing skills will be developed alongside colour mixing and painting.
Students will explore the artistic movement of Impressionismand the colour mixing techniques of Georges Seurat. Students will continue todevelop their understanding of the formal elements through different mediums.
Students will consolidate knowledge and experiencefrom Semester 1 and 2 through producing a final still life piece. This willincorporate the use of tone, colour, shape and line using paint, pastel,collage and pencil.
Culture and Papier-mâché
Students are introduced to the arts and crafts ofdifferent cultures. They will carry out research and respond visually and inwritten form to these works. Students will continue to develop theirobservational drawing skills and use the formal elements of colour and pattern.
This semester students will develop anunderstanding of the design and make process and will learn how to construct acreature out of papier-mâché.
Students focus on one culture and will developideas based on pattern, colour and shape for the decoration of theirpapier-mâché creature.
Students will initially focus on evaluating theirpast projects. From these evaluations they will then set targets and completeone off skill based sessions to help improve their knowledge and skill set inpreparation for year 8.
Recapping ‘The Formal Elements’ and exploring ‘Whatis Art’ and ‘Careers in Art and Design. Students will then move on to lookingat self-portraiture; studying techniques for drawing the features and facefocussing on proportion, line, shape and tone.
A range of artists will beexplored in this semester to introduce different techniques and materials butthe focus will remain on self-portraiture and the use line, shape, tone, formand proportion to improve portraiture skills. Students will explore charcoal,paint, pastel and use of colour.
Students willexplore Picasso in-depth; analysing his work and developing their own selfportrait in his style. Students will create a composition plan and evaluatetheir design before using this as a basis for a final piece. Each teacher willselect materials for final piece (paint or oil pastel) and will focus ondeveloping student’s skill with this material.
Students will carryout in-depth research and visual analysis of a culture (either African orJapanese) with a focus on masks, pattern and colour. Students will create 2design ideas for a mask which they will develop into a final design. Studentswill create their design out of clay; introducing basic construction techniquesto build and make a relief style mask from their design. Students will eitherpaint or glaze these and complete an evaluation.
My Habitat and Architecture
Students will explore the history and culture ofarchitecture gaining a brief insight into the different factors that influence architecture style. Students will then explore the architecture that surroundsthem using photography and drawing techniques to record their observations.Working from first hand and second hand students will develop their observational skills and produce a range of pieces.
Students will explore an artist of the teacher’s choice and develop a final architecture piece using a range of materials and working in the style of the artist