KS3 Visual Arts

Year 7

Overview

Students will begin the year with a baseline assessment as well as developing their basic skills. Following this, students will study and explore the Festival ‘Day of the Dead’. This will enable students to value and appreciate different cultures and how such traditions can influence art. Within this project pupils will build upon their drawing skills, including colour theory as well as have the opportunity to create three dimensional dioramas. Following ‘Day of the Dead’ students will study ‘Natural Forms’. They will develop their 2D skills and explore painting and drawing as well as develop their knowledge of ceramics. Throughout the year students are introduced to a range of artists and critical studies.

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Term 2

Term 3

Basic Skills

Day Of the Dead

Day Of the Dead

Natural Forms

Natural Forms

Year 8

Overview

Students will begin the year with a baseline assessment as well as developing their basic skills. They will then study the theme of ‘Portraiture’, with a focus on drawing and mixed media. Students will learn how to draw a portrait accurately, including detailed facial features and proportions of the face. This will lead students to investigate the theme of ‘identity’ and self-portraiture. Following ‘Portraiture’, students will look at ‘Bugs and Insects’ to inspire their art work. They will use a variety of materials and techniques and research specific artists that will inspire both 2D and 3D outcomes.

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Basic Skills

Portraiture

Portraiture

Bugs and Insects

Bugs and Insects

Year 9

Overview

Students will begin the year with a baseline assessment as well as developing their basic skills. They will then begin to study the theme of ‘Architecture’. They will explore a range of different architecture from around the world. Students will develop both their artistic and practical skills and work with a variety of techniques and wide range of media. Students will appreciate the role of the artist within society and will be encouraged to express their views and opinions about a range of artists and how these have influenced both art and architecture. Practical investigations and research will inspire Students to design and create a digital outcome. Following ‘Architecture’, pupils will study ‘Cultures’. They will build on their 2D practical skills as well as consider the art form of Textiles. Pupils will be encouraged to adopt the style of a culture and have the opportunity to create their own response in relation to their research.

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Basic Skills

Architecture

Architecture

Cultures

Homework: 

Homework consists of a variety of differentiated tasks. These include research, artist critique, 2D and 3D project work. Homework will aid student learning and demonstrate student understanding on a regular basis.

Students in KS3 will also be set half termly homework.

Other Useful Information:

Saatchi gallery: www.saatchionline.com

V&A Gallery: www.vam.ac.uk

Tate Gallery: www.tate.org.uk

The 62 group of Textile artists: www.62group.org.uk

5 ways I can help my son/daughter

1

Talk to them about their progress and attainment.

2

Provide basic art materials and equipment (set of art pencils, colouring pencils, watercolours, oil pastels)

3

Talk to your child about what they have been studying at school. Ask them to explain about techniques and processes as well as key concepts.

4

Visit galleries and exhibitions.

5

Encourage your child to attend extra curricular sessions.