Art and Design

Year 7

Students in Year 7 will look at the broad theme of ‘The World Around Us’. Within this topic, students will have the opportunity to learn about a range of artists and art works, as well as interact with a variety of materials, processes and techniques.

The course content is divided to fall within the three school terms:

  • Term 1 is focused on a ‘Superbug’ project. Within this project students will learn about the importance of insects in our ecosystem, with particular focus on bees. Alongside the exploration of famous artists who deal with bugs, students will explore the basic elements, focusing on understanding and practicing these key terms through the process of drawing initially. In response, pupils will design and create a 3-dimensional superbug.
  • In term 2, students will encounter the topic of ‘Landscape’. Within this project students will study the work of famous artists who deal with rural and urban landscapes. Pupils will record landscape with a variety of materials, processes and techniques, leading on the production of a group final piece.
  • Term 3 is a ‘Potty about Natural Forms’ project. The students will record natural forms in a variety of 2D methods, leading on to the design of a 3D clay pencil pot which incorporates elements of the students’ favourite natural forms.

Year 8

Students in Year 8 will look at the broad theme of ‘Identity’. Within this topic, students will have the opportunity to learn about a range of artists and art works, as well as interact with a variety of materials, processes and techniques.

The course content is divided to fall within the three school terms:

  • Term 1 is focused on a ‘Food’ Project. Within this project students will encounter a range of different artists who deal with food as their chosen subjects. Concentrating on junk food, students will learn about and work with the concept of what foods we chose to put in our bodies. Students will realise a 2D still life piece, leading on to the development of a brand new food product, which will be created as a soft sculpture.
  • In term 2, students will encounter the topic of ‘Portraiture’. Within this project students will look at portraiture post and pre 20th century, looking into reasons for portraits. Looking at a range of famous works and artists, students will learn about the ratio, dimensions and proportions of the face, practicing achieving accuracy in their 2D work. In addition, students will consider our inner and outer identities. Pupils will record their identities in an expressive 2D drawing piece as their final piece. This will further develop into a metamorphosis printmaking piece, using evolution and global warming as inspiration.
  • Term 3 is a ’Non-European Art’ project, whereby students will look at and consider art from a range of different cultures. Students will look in detail at the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead, which will see the realisation of a Day of the Dead sugar skull. Secondly, students will look at African art, focusing on the celebration of different cultures, leading on to the enquiry of the award-winning production The Lion King. During this part of the project, students will work collaboratively to create cardboard costume masks and props.

The following documents will give you more information.

Analysing Art

Annotating Art