- The internet has created an explosion of opportunity for digital designers and multimedia artists
- Fine artists can reach a worldwide market at the click of a button
- High school students can achieve recognition while studying
- Those with a wide skill set have an advantage, in any career
- Studying Art improves performance in other subjects
- Good marks impress, no matter what
- Art marks are not solely dependent on an exam
- Coursework teaches you self-discipline
- Art makes you happy
At KS3 in Art, pupils follow the National curriculum in Art & Design. Our aim is to ensure that all pupils are given a broad art education that allows them to explore a wide variety of materials and techniques developing an active interest in the subject.
Art develops essential critical thinking skills and whereas much of what students learn in school is concrete, art classes encourage creative and abstract thought. Skills learnt in art are transferable and art boosts academic performance, motivation and creativity in other subjects As well as developing the ability to analyse, evaluate and problem solve.
Our vision as a Teaching and Learning Area is to create well-rounded students, who are able to work creatively and can succinctly express their own ideas and beliefs through skilful independent work.
In Year 7 pupils cover the formal elements of Art and Design in the first term which can then be built upon over the two year period. This includes Mark making, Tone, Texture and the Colour wheel / Colour theory. Pupils are introduced to the skills and complete various tasks to secure these skills. They will explore hot and cold colours and practice their own colour blending and mixing during this scheme of work
In the spring and summer terms they move on to complete project work based on the themes of Aboriginal art and Nature. They put the skills from the first term into practice and study artists Kandinsky and Helen Musselwhite.
In Year 8 pupils study the topics of Pop Art and Landscapes. Pupils are also introduced to the work of artists Lichtenstein, Warhol and Hundertwasser. Each project is designed to enhance and build on initial skills taught in Year 7 going into greater depth, whilst encouraging creative thinking, risk-taking and confidence. These skills include 3D sculpture, shading, accurate drawing and painting. This is an exciting stage in the development of pupils and we hope they enjoy it.
In both Year 7 & 8 Students will also receive short term homework’s to help support their development in lessons, these will range from simply researching / collecting images to work from to gathering materials to use within their work. Pupils are often asked to complete classwork as a homework task in preparation for their next art lesson.
Below is a link which KS3 pupils may enjoy: