Year 7 Curriculum

In year 7 students will be introduced to a broad range of new techniques, materials, artists and themes. These experiences will set the foundations for developing as an effective artist and creative thinker.

Students will work through three different topics and engage in practical tasks, discussion, group work and homework projects. Each theme is designed to develop a balance of practical skills, knowledge and understanding. Students will experiment with both 2D and 3D formats and explore techniques including painting, printing, collage and sculpture.

Drawing is seen as a fundamental art skill, which is encouraged and developed across all year groups. In year 7 students begin to develop a more realistic style of drawing and are taught the importance of keen observation, accurate line and use of tone.

Term 1: Sweet Art Skills

Pupils will learn:

  • Understand and identify the formal elements of art; tone, line, form, shape, texture and colour.
  • How to make use of a wide range of tonal and shading techniques, be able to discuss tone and formal drawn elements used by themselves and others. .
  • How to draw from observation, developing an understanding of proportion and scale.
  • A clear understanding of colour theory with the ability to identify primary, secondary, tertiary and complementary colours as well as the ability to confidently mix colours.
  • How to scale up a drawing using the grid techniques
  • Understand a range of reasons, motivations and incentives for making a drawing.
  • Gain confidence in a range of mark making techniques.
  • Gain understanding of artists in how their create their work, then using these skills to create a response in the style of the artist, as well as the ability to use art terminology to describe and analysis the work.
  • How to make 3D sculptures using team work
  • How to work collaboratively to create a final piece.

Key Terms:

Mark Making / Tone / Shading / Shape / Accurate / Expressive / Line / Emotion / Proportion / Primary / Secondary / Tertiary / Complementary.

Assessment:

Skill 0-0.9 1.0-2.2 2.3-2.9
Drawing / Proportion Gain basic formal drawing skills understanding how to create a fairly accurate shape. Using a limited range of tone & marks with some control. Gain sound formal drawing skills. Create a fairly accurate form. Using their knowledge and understanding of proportion to create an accurate shape. Using a wide range of tone. Gain thorough formal and experimental drawing skills. Create a very accurate form with great detail. Use their knowledge and understanding of proportion rules to create a very accurate shape that has effective application of a wide range of tone to add texture.
Colour Theory Understand basic colour theory including the terms Primary Colour and Secondary Colour as well as identifying these colours accurately. Understand and use colour Theory appropriately including the terms Primary Colour, Secondary Colour and Tertiary Colour as well as identifying and mixing these colours accurately. Understand and use colour Theory effectively including the terms Primary Colour, Secondary Colour, Tertiary Colour and complementary colour as well as identifying and mixing these colours successfully.
Visual Language Gain a basic understanding of how visual language can be used to express ideas or emotions. Gain a sound understanding of visual language and how they can be used to express ideas and emotions. Gain a thorough understanding of how to use a variety of visual language techniques in order to express specific ideas and emotions successfully.
Sculpture Gain a basic understanding of how balance, shape and form effect sculptural construction. Gain a sound understanding of how balance, shape and form effect sculptural construction using this in their sculptural work, which includes some organic shapes. Gain a thorough understanding of how to manipulate balance, shape and form in their sculptural constructions as well as planning for it in designs. As well as using organic forms as an integral part of their work.
Techniques Understand how artists use different techniques to create work. Learn how artists have used a variety of different techniques to create emotions in their work. Learn how artists have used a variety of different techniques to create emotions in their work and use this information to adapt and refine their work.
Use a range of techniques to create responses to artists where a link can be seen. Learn how to use a variety of different techniques to create response s which clearly link to the artist. Learn how to use a wide range of techniques to create effective responses which show a strong link to the artists.

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Term 2: Cultural Art

Pupils will learn:

  • How different cultures use art within their culture.
  • How to create works inspired by different cultures using patterns and shapes.
  • How to design and create bunting inspired by different cultures.
  • How to use symbols to tell a story though works of art.
  • How to manipulate different materials to create patterns and effects.
  • How to create a print using poly print method
  • Use prior knowledge of colour theory

Key Terms: Balance, Patterns, Shape, Design, Culture, Fluid, Structure, Stories, Layers

Possible Cultures Explored as part of this scheme: Mexican, Aboriginal, Spanish.

Assessment:

Skill 0-0.9 1.0-2.2 2.3-2.9
Drawing Gain basic design skills, making use of a small range of patterns, symbols and shapes resulting in an creative design. Gain sound design skills, using a wide range of patterns, symbols and shapes, resulting in an imaginative design. Gain thorough formal and experimental design skills, effective application of a wide range of patterns, symbols and shapes, resulting in an accomplished design.
Print Making Gain a basic understanding of printing and are able to create a fairly basic print with minimal patterns and symbols. Gain a sound understanding of printing and are able to create a detailed print with a range of patterns and symbols. Gain a thorough understanding of printing and are able to create an intricate print with a wide range of pattern and symbols applied with maturity.
Techniques Understand how artists use different techniques to realise their intentions. Learn how artists have used a variety of different techniques to achieve different effects and how artist select materials best suited to their needs. Learn how artists have used a variety of different techniques to achieve different effects and how artist select materials and use this information to adapt and refine their work.
Use a range of techniques and materials to create responses to artists where a link can be seen. Learn how to use a variety of different techniques and materials to create response s which clearly link to the artist. Learn how to use a wide range of techniques and materials to create effective responses which show a strong link to the artists and project theme

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Term 3: Under the sea

Pupils will learn:

  • How to select and combine a number of different techniques and materials to create artworks.
  • Use of different materials and techniques to achieve different textures and effects. Understand how you can develop a 2D piece into 3D.
  • How to work collaboratively to create a final piece.
  • To develop use of colour, 3D and texture skills.
  • How to use art terminology to evaluate their work

Key Terms: Complementary / Texture / 3D / Relief / Cold / Warm / Colour / Line / Marks/ Tone / Shading / Shape / Form.

Possible Artists Explored as part of this scheme: J.Vincent Scarpace, Tom Hill, Jeremey Kool

Assessment:

Skill 0-0.9 1.0-2.2 2.3-2.9
Sculpture Gain a basic understanding of how balance, shape and form effect sculptural construction. Gain a sound understanding of how balance, shape and form effect sculptural construction using this in their sculptural work, which includes some organic shapes. Gain a thorough understanding of how to manipulate balance, shape and form in their sculptural constructions as well as planning for it in designs. As well as using organic forms as an integral part of their work.
Visual Language Gain a sound understanding of visual language and how this can be used to express texture as well as how colour can be used to draw the viewer attention. Gain a thorough understanding of how to use a variety of visual language techniques in order to express specific textures successfully as well as draw attention using colour effectively. Gain a competent understanding of the use of a range of visual language techniques in order to express texture and meaning successfully as well as manipulating the viewers attention through colour.
Drawing / Proportion Gain basic formal drawing skills understanding how to create a fairly accurate shape. Using a limited range of tone & marks with some control. Gain sound formal drawing skills. Create a fairly accurate form. Using their knowledge and understanding of proportion to create an accurate shape. Using a wide range of tone. Gain thorough formal and experimental drawing skills. Create a very accurate form with great detail. Use their knowledge and understanding of proportion rules to create a very accurate shape that has effective application of a wide range of tone to add texture.
Colour Theory Understand basic colour theory including the terms Primary Colour and Secondary Colour as well as identifying these colours accurately. Understand and use colour Theory appropriately including the terms Primary Colour, Secondary Colour and Tertiary Colour as well as identifying and mixing these colours accurately. Understand and use colour Theory effectively including the terms Primary Colour, Secondary Colour, Tertiary Colour and complementary colour as well as identifying and mixing these colours successfully.
Techniques Describe how artists have used a variety of different techniques and materials to create texture in their work. Understand how artists have used a variety of different techniques and materials to create textures and effects in their work and use this information to adapt and refine your work. Compare how artists have used a variety of different techniques, materials and tools to create textures and effects in their work, use this information imaginatively to refine your own work showing a willingness to take risks.
Understand how to use a variety of different techniques to create responses which clearly link to the artist. Develop a wide range of techniques to create effective responses which show a strong link to the artists and effectively explore texture. Develop expressive range of techniques to create successful responses which show a very strong link to the artists and creatively explore texture.

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