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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 throughout the Key Stage. Reference to contemporary and past artists  and cultures is made throughout the course. The development of individual ideas is promoted as students mature. In years 7, 8 and 9 students work on themes which teach them to develop ideas and to communicate them in visual/tactile form. They learn to understand processes, techniques and media and to respond to ideas, images and artefacts.

What we learn:

Year 7:

Year 7 students:

  • learn about the properties of a range of 2 and 3D media
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mixed media
  • 3D: using clay to make thumb pots and joining using slip

Year 8:

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
  • select from and apply skills learnt in Year 7
  • 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
  • Collage
  • 3D: clay – slabs, joining, using templates
  • Lino-printing

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

Year 9:

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 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, accuracy, and shading
  • 3D: clay – slabs, creating cylinders, joining, using templates/modelling, wire and papier mâche