A summary of KS3 and its relevance

It is believed that maximum learning takes place when a student is engrossed in an activity which holds their attention, fires the imagination and challenges their intellect and practical skills at an appropriate level.

We believe Art and Design is important because:

  • it gives a student the chance to express ideas and feelings in visual form
  • artistic observation heightens perception
  • knowledge of the work of a range of artists, craftspeople and designers contributes to cultural understanding

A summary of the skills acquired

We aim to:

  • help student develop an enjoyment and appreciation of art and design.
  • develop student’s powers of observation, recording and interpretation.
  • increase student’s awareness and expertise in the use of art media.
  • enable students to gain confidence in their own viewpoints, artwork and style.
  • use art and design to enable students to deepen their intellectual and emotional understanding of themselves, their world and their place within it.
  • enable students to record from first-hand experience and imagination, and to select their own ideas to use in their work.
  • develop creativity and imagination through a range of complex activities
  • encourage students to reflect their own work and that of others.
  • improve the student‛s ability to control materials, tools and techniques
  • increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in different times and cultures.
  • develop increasing confidence in the use of visual arts and tactile elements and materials.
  • foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers.

Topics covered in Year 7

Cityscapes: Exploring line by sketching cityscapes.

  • Contextual study: Dion Archibald
  • Contextual study: Friedrich Hundertwasser
  • Painting and drawing: Observational studies
  • Understand composition using the foreground, middle and background.
  • Tonal drawing in pencil, pen and eraser.
  • Pattern and shape.
  • Watercolour and mixed media

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Topics covered in Year 8

  • Portraiture
  • Composition and arrangement
  • Observational drawings
  • Enlarging observational drawing
  • Elements of Art
  • Tonal shading
  • Framing of final piece
  • Analyse self-portraits of Van Gogh, David Hockney and Marc Chagall

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