Year 7

KS3 Art and Design Overview:

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 two Art lessons each week at key stage 3. 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.

Year 7 Overview:

In Year 7 students are introduced to a wide range of materials and processes focusing on mark making and then colour theory. Students are encouraged to work both imaginatively and from observation by exploring colour and tone. They are given the opportunity to experiment with a variety of media and develop skills by using different tonal and colour mixing techniques. In September, students are encouraged to develop their drawing skills by transforming two dimensional forms (circle, square, and triangle) into three dimensions (sphere, cube, and pyramid). Students then use their new found skills to produce a final still life piece based on cakes. This piece allowed students to explore collage, pencil, paint and oil pastel as well as looking at the pointillist technique of Georges Seurat. In the spring and summer terms students are introduced to Aboriginal artwork and papier-mâché techniques. Students are encouraged to explore how symbols and stories form an important part of Aboriginal painting and use this in their own artwork. Following a design process, students then come up with their own Aboriginal designs which they use to decorate papier-mâché sharks. Construction and sculptural skills using found materials, card, tape and newspaper are encouraged within this project.