Art

Students look at different cultures and construct 3D masks based on one of these cultures. For the second project we look at Street Art and Graffiti work, analysing the work of Graffiti artists.

Year 7

Term 1 – Portraits

In year 7 students will cover the following key skills:

  • Observational drawing
  • Colour Theory
  • Working with specialist equipment
  • Understanding art movements and looking at art history


Students will need to complete the following key skills:

  • Understanding the proportions of the face
  • Observational drawings of the face including adding tone
  • Colour theory
  • Experiments with other materials for example ink, pastels, crayon, paint
  • An understanding of art movements including, cubism, fauvism, post impressionism
  • Gain experience with a wide range of materials including, string , wire, cardboard, poly printing and clay

Term 2 – Bug Project

Students will need to complete the following key skills:

  • Observational drawings including adding tone, and colour
  • Collage techniques
  • Experiments with other materials for example ink, clay, crayon, paint , wire
  • Look at Egyptian Art in particular Scarab beetle 
  • Mixed media final outcome

Term 3 – Fish Project

Students will need to complete the following key skills:

  • Observational drawings including adding tone, and colour
  • Collage techniques
  • Experiments with other materials for example ink, clay, crayon, paint
  • Look at public Art and its role in society
  • 3D outcome

Year 8

Term 1 – Masks

Students will need to complete the following skills:

  • Research a selected culture, for example African Art, Day of the Dead, Carnival they should   have an understanding about why masks are used and why they are important to the cultural they have looked at.
  • Design initial ideas for a mask inspired by their research.
  • Develop ideas into a final design
  • Make a 3D mask, using taught techniques.
  • Paint and decorate mask based on their own design.

Term 2 – Graffiti

Students will need to complete the following key skills:

  • Research Graffiti and have an understanding about its context in history and modern day.
  • Be able to make a personal comment on graffiti’s place in society.
  • Look at lettering and fonts and drawing techniques.
  • Develop ideas into a final tag design.
  • Use different materials and techniques in a graffiti style, such as coloured pencils, pastels, card relief.
  • Look at a variety of graffiti artists including Banksy and Haring. 

Term 3 – Architecture

SOW students will need to complete the following key skills:

  • Draw from observation
  • Look at traditional architecture vs modern architecture
  • Have an understanding of the artist Hundertwasser
  • Produce designs inspired by Hundertwasser
  • Construct a 3D building inspired by Hundertwasser 
  • Use a range of materials to decorate and add detail to their buildings

Year 9

Project 1 – Pop Art

Students will need to complete the following key skills:

  • Research Pop art have an understanding about its context in history and modern day.
  • Be able to make a links with modern day pop art why it is still relevant today.
  • Look at a range of pop artists and produce a research page on them.
  •  Experiment with a range of pop art techniques including print, collage, repeated images.
  •  Using pop art as an inspiration produce a final outcome.

Project 2 – Illustration

Students will need to complete the following key skills:

  • Introduced to illustration, discuss where illustrations are found why they look like they do, what an illustrator is.
  •  Observational drawings of  illustrations
  • Brief history of illustration, various illustrators including Lydia Monks, Oliver Jeffers, Karen George then in more detail  – Quentin Blake, Tim Burton, Brian Freud
  • Experiment with a range of techniques and materials including pen and water, ink and paint.
  •  Using the illustrators that students have looked at  produce a final outcome

Year 10

At KS4 students will have 3 lessons per week; they will follow the AQA Art and Design specification. Students will cover a wide range of art and design specialisms and produce a personal and independent portfolio of work. The starting points range from natural forms, food and drink, celebrations and identity. Each student is given a project guide and framework with the essential areas that have to be studied to ensure they meet all the assessment objectives.

GCSE Art and Design provides students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests in ways that are both personally relevant and developmental in nature.

This two unit specification enables students to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of Art and Design – to build creative skills through learning and doing, to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures.

Assessment is by Unit 1: Portfolio of Work (Controlled Assessment) 60 per cent and Unit 2: Externally Set Task 40 per cent. It is a strong foundation for further progression to Art and Design related courses such as A-level Art and Design and enhanced vocational and career pathways.

Year 11

At KS4 students will have 3 lessons per week; they will follow the AQA Art and Design specification. Students will cover a wide range of art and design specialisms and produce a personal and independent portfolio of work. The starting points range from natural forms, food and drink, celebrations and identity. Each student is given a project guide and framework with the essential areas that have to be studied to ensure they meet all the assessment objectives.

GCSE Art and Design provides students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests in ways that are both personally relevant and developmental in nature.

This two unit specification enables students to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of Art and Design – to build creative skills through learning and doing, to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures.

Assessment is by Unit 1: Portfolio of Work (Controlled Assessment) 60 per cent and Unit 2: Externally Set Task 40 per cent. It is a strong foundation for further progression to Art and Design related courses such as A-level Art and Design and enhanced vocational and career pathways.