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Art Key Stage 3

Art in Year 7, 8 & 9

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 7

Some pupils come into Year 7 and say “I can’t draw”. We say everyone can draw and it is our teaching philosophy that everyone can draw. Subsequently the first weeks are spent helping pupils to believe they can draw and enjoy the different ways of mark making. 

In Year 7 all students will be introduced to that basics of drawing and colour theory and will continue developing their skills throughout the year.

Students will also be introduced to a range of artists both famous and contemporary. They will visit the school gallery and discuss the work of visiting artists and Altrincham College student work and exhibitions. Pupils will have been encouraged to look critically at their work and that of others and to aim for a high standard of work inspired by the work of others.

The table below shows an overview of the topics, artists and techniques that year 7 will be taught.

Year 7

Term Themes Artist/Focus Techniques

1

Flormal Elements

Visiting Artists from the School Gallery& Contemporary Artists:

  • Hundertwasser
  • Van Gogh
  • Kandinsky
  • Katy Allen
  • Andy Warhol

Drawing,    Painting, Printmaking, Collage, Ceramice/Sculpture

2

Architecture

Visiting Artists from the School Gallery & Contemporary Artists:

  • Martine Rupert

Drawing,    Painting, Printmaking, Collage, Ceramice/Sculpture

3

Cultures

Cultural Artists

Drawing,    Painting, Printmaking, Collage, Ceramice/Sculpture

The themes are not intended to be rigid and will involve the scope and talents of the individual members of staff.

At the conclusion of the academic year it is expected that  Year  7 pupils will enter year 8 with a sound knowledge of different materials and processes and of the formal elements of Art.  

In Year 7 students have two fifty minute lesson per week.

Homework is set in termly booklets.

 

Year 8

The aim of much of the work in Year 8 is to build on many of the skills experienced and gained in Year 7 by revisiting basic techniques and knowledge in a different guise, while aiming to produce artwork of greater creative diversity.

Colour is looked at  more closely and research, experimentation and working in the style of artists is explored in more depth.  There is also more of an opportunity for individual, collaborative and imaginative work.

In Year 8 students have two fifty minute lessons per week, one lesson in much smaller groups allowing students to experience techniques and processes such as ceramics and concentrate on skills and processes which would not be possible with the full group.

The table below shows an overview of the topics, artists and techniques covered in year 8. 

Year 8

Term Themes Artists/Focus Techniques

1

Identity

Gallery & Contemporary Artists:                  

  • Kandinsky
  • David Hockney
  • Henri Rousseau
  • Chuck Close
  • Emmanuel Ekongekeffery
  • Andy Warhol
  • Giacommetti
  • Lichtenstein
  • Frank Big Bear

Drawing,     Painting, Textiles,        Fabrics.

2

Observational Drawing

Gallery & Contemporary Artists:                  

  • Kandinsky
  • David Hockney
  • Henri Rousseau
  • Chuck Close
  • Emmanuel Ekongekeffery
  • Andy Warhol
  • Giacommetti
  • Lichtenstein

Drawing,     Painting, Printmaking

3

Cultures/Urban

Gallery & Contemporary Artists:          
  • Kandinsky
  • David Hockney
  • Henri Rousseau
  • Chuck Close
  • Emmanuel Ekongekeffery
  • Andy Warhol
  • Giacommetti
  • Lichtenstein
  • Mexican Day of the Dead

Drawing, Painting, printmaking, Collage, Ceramics/Sculpture, Textiles.

Year 9

During Year 9 it is important for students to build up a more sustained approach to project work so that they learn to show progression within a main theme.  This takes account all the skills gained in Years 7 and 8, which can now be used with more confidence and independence.

The projects will involve more developmental work which will prepare students who are wishing to take GCSE courses in years 10/11.

The table below shows an overview of the topics, artists and techniques covered in year 9.

The themes are not intended to be rigid and will involve the scope and talents of the individual members of staff.

Year 9

Term Themes Artists/Focus Techniques

1

Perspective

Visiting Artists from the School Gallery & Contemporary Artists

Drawing,     Painting, Printmaking, Collage, Sculpture/3D.       

2

Popular Cultures

Frank Big Bear

Visiting Artists from the School Gallery & Contemporary Artists                

Drawing,     Painting, Printmaking, Collage, Sculpture/3D.

3

Observational Drawing

Visiting Artists from the School Gallery & Contemporary Artists          

Drawing,     Painting, Printmaking, Collage, Sculpture/3D.

At the conclusion of the academic year we hope that Year  9 students will  have enjoyed their experiences in the creative arts  in lower school and choose to take GCSE Art , Textiles or Graphics as an option in upper school.

Those who do not will still be welcome to art clubs and after school sessions to enjoy the subjects in their own time.  Levels will be given at the end of each project and an end of year level given for overall work produced for each pupil.

Homework is set in termly booklets.