KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 7 Art
Term 1Still Life  
Students will start Year 7 with a baseline assessment to assess their starting point in art and design. They will then develop their drawing and painting skills and will also develop their knowledge and understanding of composition and hot and cold colours. Students will then look at the work of Cezanne.
Assessment: Students will produce an A4 transcription of one of Cezanne's pieces of work.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Still Life
Students will continue their work on still life from the first half term. They will then develop their drawing and painting skills and will also develop their knowledge and understanding of composition and hot and cold colours.
Assessment: Students will produce a detailed still life painting.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3 & 4Grotesque Gargoyles  
Students will study and analyse the elements of art during this unit to develop their knowledge and understanding of art and ability to analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others. They will learn about the function of gargoyles and collect research to inspire their own Gargoyle designs. They will produce designs and use self evaluation to select the most successful design to progress to a final piece. They will then plan how they will make their final design using clay. They will learn clay work techniques and produce their design out of clay.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Portrait Painting
Students will explore the work of famous portrait painters throughout history, from Vincent Van Gogh and his use of colour to portray emotion, to Pablo Picasso, and his distortion of angle and shape. Students will also get the chance to explore more contemporary artists such as Julian Opie for his minimalistic style as well as Chuck Close for his intricate, large scale, pixelated portraits. Students will research, discuss, contrast and compare artists to further their written observations and understanding of other artists work. From this, we will focus more on the work of Picasso and his use of angles and distortion to create his famous cubist portraits. Students will draw from life, using each other as their models. Students will then create a final painting, using watercolour paints and techniques, and link colour and emotion to their portraits.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Mask Making
Inspired by the work of Pablo Picasso and their final painted portraits, students will then develop these and be inspired by them to create masks using card and relief techniques. Other inspirations will come from the work of mask makers Eric Straw and Kimmy Cantrell. Students will develop their designs from the previous term and start to incorporate more sculptural qualities into their work. Small scale maquettes will help students to visualise their work in 3D/relief and ensure they are thinking about composition and shape in a thoughtful way before embarking on their final outcome. Cardboard will be the main material for student final masks, with the use of string and thread to create more intricate details. Students will then explore different colour schemes and use poster paints to add colour to their final outcomes.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Shadow Puppets
In the final term, students will once again work in groups to create a short shadow puppet show. Students will explore the tradition of shadow puppet story telling in Indonesia whereby myths and fables were told to children and adults through intricate shadow puppetry. Students will be asked to write a short story in groups, offering cross curricular links with English. Once they are happy with their story, students will then design, make and perform their story (offering cross curricular links with Drama) using a screen and lighting to create shadows. Student will be assessed individually on their role within the group as well as their design and making skills.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 

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