Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 the course is divided into three termly units in each year.

Year 7
Term 1 – An Introduction to Art; practices & refines students drawing skills. A series of observational drawings will be made from natural forms to develop an understanding of the importance of drawing. Drawings will be made from imagination & observation, with line & experimental, exploring shading and shading techniques. Developing understanding of composition & to learn solid, blending & shading colouring skills.

Artists: Van Gogh, Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti, Patrick Caulfield, Lisa Milroy & Michael Craig Martin, Henri Matisse.

Materials & Equipment: Natural forms including shells & peppers, Graphite, Chalk & charcoal, Pen & Ink, Coloured pencils, Block paint, Tracing paper. A4 Black sketchbook.

Term 2 – Manga and Anime Project: The origins and characteristics of manga and anime will be explored during this project. Students will learn how to draw an accurate self-portrait, before being introduced to the work of a wide variety of manga/anime artists. They will then incorporate the styles of these artists into creating their own character. They will develop their understanding of use of colour, learning how to create stylised drawings.

Artists: Takashi Murakami, Akira Toriyama, Eiichiro Oda, Masashi Kishimoto, Osamu Tezuka

Materials & Equipment: Pencils, Coloured pencils, block paint, tracing paper, A4 Black sketchbook.

Term 3 - Expressionism Project: Expressionism and abstract art will be explored in a project that focuses on how colour and mark can be used in art to express emotion. Exploring the relationships between music, sound and colour manipulating materials as a form of expression. Work will develop into a series of 2D drawings and a 2D clay tile.

Artists: Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Frank Stella.

Materials & Equipment: Music, Oil pastels, Paper, cardboard, art straws, tissue paper, clay, paint. A4 Black sketchbook

Year 8
Term 1 - Figures Project: Workshop based lessons will explore how artists represent the Figure, with a focus on sculptural media to create a Giacommeti inspired tin foil figure, a clay figure inspired by Gormley and a paper mache figure inspired by the work of Nikki De Saint Phalle. Reference will be made to the work of Keith Haring to develop a sense of movement and colour in their work whilst considering how sculpture can be placed in the environment. Observational figure drawing will form the assessed work. (Work will form the coursework unit for the OCR Accredited certificate for PVA students).

Artists: Keith Haring, Nikki De Saint Phalle, Antony Gormley, Alberto Giacometti.

Materials & Equipment: Paint, Clay, Foil, Paper Mache, Kitchen roll, weights. A4 Matt Black Sketchbook.

Term 2 – Entry Level Certificate - Externally set Exam paper students will choose from a choice of Titles set by the exam board to produce a body of preparatory work. Students will work from observation where possible, looking at relevant artists and in a range of media.

Two Day Exam: Selected students will sit a two day exam to produce a final piece relevant to their chosen theme to a scale of A3

Materials & Equipment: appropriate still life objects, paper, textured/coloured papers, pencils, coloured pencils, chalk & charcoal,

Term 3 – Identity Project: Students will explore their identity, making an observational drawing of their hand, developing to a study of their finger print & from this a portrait made up of finger prints referencing Marcus Harvey & Chuck Close. They will create a typographic portrait using key words related to their identity and learn how to correctly draw the proportions of the face, developing a mixed media self portrait with elements of collage and watercolour inspired by Natasha Sazonova

Artists: Da Vinci, Escher, Van Gogh, Marcus Harvey, Natasha Sazonova, Chuck Close, Picasso, Martina Shapiro, Frida Kahlo,

Materials & Equipment: Ink pad, Watercolour, oil pastel, Tracing paper,

PVA
Year 7
Students complete the Bronze Arts Award. This consists of 4 parts: An art’s activity, a presentation about their arts Hero or Heroine, an Arts trip and an opportunity to teach their peers an arts lesson.
Students are taught a variety of techniques and work in a range of media to support this body of work.

Year 8
Students complete the OCR Entry Level Certificate. Work in the first Term supports the Figures Project and offers students the opportunity to develop skills and work further.

Artists: Keith Haring, Nikki De Saint Phalle, Antony Gormley, Alberto Giacometti.

Exam Prep and Exam: Externally set Exam paper students will choose from a choice of Titles set by the exam board to produce a body of preparatory work. Students will work from observation where possible, looking at relevant artists and in a range of media.

Two Day Exam: Students will sit a two day exam to produce a final piece relevant to their chosen theme to a scale of A3

Materials & Equipment: appropriate still life objects, paper, textured/coloured papers, pencils, coloured pencils, chalk & charcoal,

Artists: As appropriate to paper.

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