KS3 Art

Why is Art important?

Art makes a significant contribution to our society through human innovation, imagination, and thought. A high-quality curriculum in art and design, enables our young learners to develop a love of the subject that is both intellectually challenging and creatively demanding. Art making and creating allows individuals to express themselves in creative and dynamic ways they express their own personal views about the world in which they live.

What does a good student look like?

A good student is ready to learn, shows a natural enjoyment for the subject, is happy in their work and shows enthusiasm and high levels of motivation when attempting creative work.  A good student may continue their creative interests out side of school for pleasure or as a hobby and they will feel proud of their achievements and outcomes.

What can I do at home to help me achieve in this subject?

Look at short video clips that demonstrate good art and design practise. Have your own paper or sketchbook to develop drawings and visual creations of your own choosing as this will help you to develop your skills.

Look at sites that showcase a lot of creative arts like ‘Pinterest’ and attempt to copy some of the inspirational work that you see.

Year 7Year 8Year 9
The Formal Elements of Art :-Colour, line, texture, shape and form, tone and pattern
  • Formal elements covers all creating and making aspects of art the projects enables ALL learners to experiment and practise with a broad range of skills, techniques and knowledge
  • Colour – theory, mixing and terms in coloured pencil and water colour paints( colour wheel)Tints and shades
  • Colour mixing , colour theory language quiz/ tests and terms
  • Links throughout each element to artists that use each element as a dominating factor
  • Detailed drawings to scale
  • Tone and texture – mark-making shading, contrast and methods in pen and pencil – tonal scale
  • Shape and form- sketch, outline, scale and accuracy hacks – symbols
  • Pattern, designs, illusions, decoration
  • Understanding cultures and traditions
  • Drawing from observation and imagery
  • Creating patterns
  • Using transfer methods for accuracy
  • Drawing rules in pencil and coloured pencil
  • Mixing in paint and brush control in small and large spaces
  • Painting rules – ways of application, correcting mistakes, drawing over paint
  • Introduction to artist Frida Kahlo
Graffiti Origins, artists and murals
  • Art History, purpose intent and social awareness of urban street art and its influences and place in our culture.
  • Graffiti text, terms and history/purpose
  • Debate is Graffiti art- Vandalism or Art?
  • Line shape, form, style, colour blending mark making
  • Paint mixing in artist style
  • Understanding all art forma- murals, wall art posters.
  • Learning about the origin’s history and purpose-political messages and meaning- story behind art
  • Colour mixing – and use of paint influenced by Graffiti art and Haring’s varying styles and colour pallet Paint / draw a final piece linked to artist
  • Construct small mini 3D link card sculptures
  • Designing Murals and card sculptures and decorating with paint/mixed media
  • Investigation into the art and murals of Keith Haring
  • Understanding messages and political views visualised through art
  • Developing 3D forms from 2D designs
  • Develop new skills in manipulating papers, materials and other sources into visual shapes and forms
  • British Values – Democracy – Graffiti right or wrong?
Rainforest creatures and plants
  • Drawing from direct observation using the formal elements- line, shape, form, texture, colour and pattern Creating drawings that look like the style of the inspirational artist.
  • Employability as Illustrator/ merchandise and prints
  • Developing samples to show understanding of fine detail mark making , texture and the translucent nature of water based paints and inks
  • Drawing development, scale and form
  • Colour layering, mixing in watercolour and ink, Water colour techniques
  • Washes, splats, blends and rinses
  • Blending and fading in pen and fine liners
  • Mark-making to explore textures, tones and edges
  • Understanding de-forestation and environmental issues/values echo system etc
  • British Values – Individual Liberty – Right to protest