KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 8 Art
Term 1 & 2Chuck close inspired self portraits 
Student will start Year 8 by learning about portraiture and will explore techniques that will improve their observation and drawing skills. They will study proportions of the face and will learn how to draw features accurately. They will study the work of photo realism artist Chuck Close through written analysis and description. Finally they will produce a self portrait using inspired by Chuck Close and use his grid method to produce an accurate self portrait.
Assessment: Final self portrait Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Still Life Drawing Michael Craig Martin
The first half of this project will help student improve their basic drawing skills. Using traditional artists such as Giorgio Morandi and Cezanne, students will explore accuracy, composition, proportion and tone. To aid the development of their drawing skills, we will also be exploring a variety of drawing materials such as graphite, charcoal and fine liner pens. Students will also explore negative space drawing to improve their observational skills.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3 & 4Beautiful Bugs
During this unit students will study the anatomy of insects and learn different methods of representing them. During the project, students will explore a range of drawing techniques such as continuous line, drawing with the 'wrong' hand etc as well as printing methods including monoprinting, and press printing. They will study patterns and produce a final piece inspired by early 20th Century artist E. A Seguy.
Assessment: Experiment and improve. record ideasKey Words and Terms
 
Term 5The Figure Henry Moore
Henry Moore is the main source of inspiration for this sculpture project. Students will explore the history of figurative drawing, contrasting this will Moore’s abstract forms. They will also explore sculptural artists such as Anthony Gormley to gain an understanding of 3D art. Students will research and observe the work of Henry Moore, resulting in abstract designs and a final clay sculpture.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5 & 6Still Life Drawing Michael Craig Martin Continued
The second half of the project students will use the drawings skills they’ve developed and start to focus more on composition and proportion. Using Michael Craig Martin as their inspiration, student will then get to explore colour theory and painting skills. Students will choose their own objects to work from, giving the project a strong sense of personal identity and individuality whereby students are encouraged to make decisions independently.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6The Figure Barbara Hepworth
Following on from Henry Moore, students, in their final term of year 8, will work collaboratively to create larger sculptures made from card and mod rock, inspired by the work of Barbara Hepworth. Deepening their understanding of abstract form, students will explore Hepworth’s work, comparing it to Henry Moore's and others, then work in groups to create a 3D abstract sculpture.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 

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