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Years 7, 8 and 9

Curriculum Leader: Ms R Gaunt

Subject structure:

All students in Year 7-9 study art for two periods a week. Observation underpins the work each year and throughout the Key Stage. Reference to the past and recent contextual sources is made throughout the course. The individual development of ideas is promoted as students mature, as is a personal response.

What we learn:

Year 7:

In Year 7 students work on themes which address the Art and Design principles of developing ideas and communicating them in visual/tactile form; understanding processes, techniques and media; responding to ideas, images and artefacts and making a personal response. Year 7 students:

  • learn about the properties of a range of 2 and 3d media
  • begin to understand how to differentiate between different materials and techniques
  • learn to use subject specific vocabulary to analyse and evaluate their own and others' work
  • build a foundation of skills, understanding and confidence
  • learn about composition and about the formal elements – line, tone, colour, shape, texture
  • work from observation; from both primary source and secondary source
  • find out about artists and apply aspects of their work to their own practice

Techniques used include:

  • Drawing: basic drawing skills including observation, experimentation and working on different scales
  • Painting: colour mixing using, handling paint, using brushes etc
  • Composition: learning about proportion, foreground, background and focal point
  • 3D: using clay to make thumb pots and joining using slip

Year 8:

In Year 8 students work on themes which address the Art and Design principles of developing ideas and communicating them in visual/tactile form; understanding processes, techniques and media; responding to ideas, images and artefacts and making a personal response. Year 8 students:

  • build on the skills and knowledge learnt in Year 7 and apply them to new situations
  • develop the ability to make more of their own decisions about the use of media and techniques
  • use subject specific language to analyse and evaluate their own and others' work. They look at different cultures
  • select from and apply skills learnt in Year 7.
  • work collaboratively or in groups
  • learn about the properties of additional media and techniques
  • work from observation; both primary source and secondary source
  • find out about artists and apply aspects of their work to their own practice

Techniques used include:

  • Drawing: drawing skills including observation, experimentation and working on different scales
  • Painting: colour mixing using primary colours to make secondary colours, complementary colours
  • 3D: clay – slabs, joining, using templates

Students may also do lino-printing or making using mixed-media techniques

Year 9:

In Year 9 students work on themes which address the Art and Design principles of developing ideas and communicating them in visual/tactile form; understanding processes, techniques and media; responding to ideas, images and artefacts and making a personal response. Year 9 students:

  • build on the skills and knowledge learnt in Years 7 and 8 and apply them to new situations
  • make more of their own decisions about the use of media and techniques
  • use subject specific language to analyse and evaluate their own and others' work
  • look at different cultures and use new technologies
  • select from and apply skills learnt in Years 7 and 8
  • learn about the properties of additional and new media and techniques
  • work from observation; both primary source and pecondary source
  • find out about artists and apply aspects of their work to their own practice

Techniques used include:

  • Drawing: drawing skills including observation, experimentation and working on different scales
  • Painting: colour mixing using primary colours to make secondary colours, complementary colours, accuracy, and shading
  • 3D: clay – slabs, creating cylinders, joining, using templates/ modelling/coil pots, wire and papier mâche