KS3

Curriculum

In Key stage 3,pupils are taught to develop their creativity and ideas, and increase proficiency in their execution. They develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work. Pupils learn to use a range of techniques to record their observations in A3 sketchbooks as a basis for exploring their ideas .Pupils use a range of techniques and media to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials. Pupils analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work .Their studies include the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day.
 

YEAR 7

YEAR 8

Autumn:Can you brave the Dragon’s Den?
Pupils broadly investigate responses within the Arts towards these mythological creatures.
Key practical work includes a collaborative project creating 3-D Chinese carnival dragons.
Spring:Who lives in a House like this?
This Project explores styles of Architecture and the work of selected architects.
Key practical work is a creative response to the buildings of artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
Who’s that Girl?
In this project pupils compare two Portraits of women- Weeping Woman by Pablo Picasso and No Woman, No Cry by Chris Ofili.
Pupils will undertake an extended writing task in this Unit. Practical work explores the cultural codes and conventions adopted by Ofili in his work.
Summer:When is a cube not a cube?
A Cubist approach to exploring still Life.
Pupils will work on a series of activities that explore this art movement genre
What do you feel?
In this project pupils investigate how emotions can be expressed visually and study the Expressionist movement.
In their practical work pupils develop their own work around the theme ‘Scream’
 
Autumn:What is Contemporary Art?
Pupils learn about the start of conceptual Art and study the work of artists living today who work in and respond to a global environment that is culturally diverse, technologically advancing and multifaceted.
In their practical work pupils select one artist to research and they create the personal response ‘Artist’s Room’. There is a significant expectation for Homework in this project.
Nightmare or Fairy tale? (Nightmare)
Pupils are introduced to Artworks that suggest a Gothic setting.
Practical work involves recreating a Gothic setting and placing themselves within the nightmare. Pupils are expected to digitally manipulate images of them taken as Homework.
Spring:Hero or Villain?
(planned visit to Compton Verney gallery, Warwickshire) http://www.comptonverney.org.uk/
Pupils study the theme of Historical Portraits.
Deciding if they would support Charles I or Cromwell in The English Civil War, pupils create large scale propaganda portraits applying their knowledge of Iconism, symbolism and other artistic conventions.
Jack of All Trades At Compton Verney pupils are introduced to the largest collection of British folk Art in the UK. At school the pupils will be challenged to design and make shop/trade signs folk art style.
Summer:Nightmare or Fairytale? (Fairytale) Pupils return to this theme but now study how different types of artists have been inspired by fairy tales to make art (Exit Assessment).

Project in Progress

Parents- How you can help

Continue to encourage the keeping of sketchpads, collections and scrapbooks; pupils can use their phones to record events, places, experiences play around with manipulating the images digitally. Visit galleries and places of visual interest. The following are great websites for young people interested in learning more-
http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/channel/
http://www.tate.org.uk/learn/young-people
http://youthartsonline.org/