Year 8 Curriculum

In year 8 students will build on the skills, techniques, knowledge and understanding introduced in year 7. They will be encouraged to refine their work and challenge themselves creatively.

In order to prepare pupils for option selection undertaken in year 8 pupils have the opportunity to undertake a GCSE style projects complete with option to buy a hardback, ring bound sketch book. Pupils are given greater independence in their work and ownerships over their outcome and well as learning about the research, presenting, refinement and development of work.

Students will now study three topic areas, which are designed to expose students to a broad curriculum of study. Within each topic students will explore multiple artists, techniques and ideas through independent study, group work, discussion, written tasks, practical tasks and homework projects. Pupils will also have the new challenge of developing their work and create a final resolution thus seeing the project through to completion.

Drawing continues to be developed as a fundamental skill and students will further develop their use of accurate line, shape, texture and tone.

Term 1: Inspired by books

Pupils Will Learn:

  • Explore how artists draw inspiration and create ideas from stories.
  • Discuss and respond to the wide range of artists from and explore adopting their differing styles.
  • Explore a variety of paper manipulation techniques
  • How to work collaboratively to create a final piece.
  • Developing how to draw from observation, developing an understanding of proportion and scale.
  • How to use collage effectively to create a story through imagery.
  • Gain understanding of how to using a range of techniques to create their work, developing their understanding of layout and composition to create a personal response to a story or narrative of their choosing.
  • How to create a spine bound book
  • Develop critical understanding of artist’s work and how to verbalise and write this.

Key Terms: Composition, Layout, Relief, Characters, Inspired, Text, Illustrate, Create, Refine, Develop, sculpture, manipulation, colour, tone, collage

Possible Artists Explored as part of this scheme: Cindy Sherman, Susan Blackwell, Teesha Moore, Cathy Cullis

Assessment:

Level Drawing Ideas and Opinions Review Techniques Use Techniques
1.0-1.9 Gain sound drawing skills, using knowledge and understanding of formal elements, line, tone, pattern, colour and form. Compare and comment on differing ideas, methods and approaches used by artists.
Discuss own work considering how to adapt and refine ideas, skills and processes.
Learn how artists have used a variety of different techniques to create their work. Basically assess the work of others. Learn how to use a variety of different techniques to create response s which clearly link to the artist.
2.0-2.9 Gain thorough formal and experimental drawing skills, using knowledge and understanding of formal elements, line, tone, pattern, colour and form using them effectively. Consider and discuss the ideas, methods and approaches that are used by artists.
Evaluate own work, reflecting on own view of its purpose and meaning and are able to adapt and refine ideas and processes.
Learn how artists have used a variety of different techniques to create their work, assess it clearly and use this information to adapt and refine own work. Learn how to use a wide range of techniques to create effective responses which show a strong link to the artists and taking creative risks through experimentation.
3.0-3.9 Gain detailed formal and experimental drawing skills, using knowledge and understanding of formal elements, line, tone, pattern, colour and form applying them effectively and consistently. Interpret and explain how ideas and meanings are conveyed by artists. Give reasoned evaluation of own work. Use critical understanding to develop views and practice. Learn how artists have used a variety of different techniques to create their work, assess and compare effectively and use this information to adapt and refine own work. Learn how to use a wide range of techniques to realise intentions effectively, (showing a strong link to the artists) as well as taking creative risks which exploring and experimenting with materials independently.
4.0-5.4 Gain a competent, fluent formal and experimental drawing skills, using manipulation of the formal elements (line, tone, pattern, colour and form) combining these thoughtfully to realise their intentions. Analyse and comment on own and others’ work, appreciating how conventions are used to express ideas. Explain how and why critical understanding of the work of others affects your own ideas and practice. Evaluate how artists have used a variety of different techniques, (traditional and experimental) to create patterns as well as 3D constructions, use this information imaginatively and confidently to refine your work taking risks. Develop an expressive range of techniques to realise purposeful and imaginative intentions effectively and sensitively. Work demonstrates creative risks which have been refined through confident use of techniques and processes.

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Term 2: A Name behind the Face

  • How to draw a portrait in proportion using facial framework.
  • How to scale up a drawing using the grid technique
  • How to confidently build up details using mixed media.
  • How to experiment with techniques and materials and evaluate the success of what they have learnt.
  • How to apply similar techniques and styles found in a variety of Portrait artists work.
  • How to identify their own strengths and create a personal response inspired by their chosen artist.
  • Explore Art history through portraiture artists
  • Using prior knowledge of colour theory to develop painting skills.

Key Terms: Portrait, Facial Framework, Layers, Marks, Colour, Line, Tone, Form, Communication, Personality, Expression, Style, Shape

Possible Artists Explored as part of this scheme: Alberto Giacometti, Van Gogh, Picasso, Chuck Close

Assessment: See Above

Term 3: Where we Live - Street Art .

Pupils Will Learn:

  • Explore how artists draw inspiration from their surroundings.
  • How to respond to their local area through; drawings, photographs, relief.
  • How to create a one point and two point perspective drawing
  • Understand how you can develop a 2D piece into 3D.
  • Gain understanding of how to combine a range of artists techniques to create a combined response using mixed media.

Key Terms: Collage, Relief, Texture, Perspective, Line, Layering, Combined, Create, Refine, Develop, Perspective

Possible Artists Explored as part of this scheme: The Boyle Family, Liz Steel, Lucy Jones, Jon Burgerman

Assessment Criteria:

Points Drawing Understudying Colour Ideas and Opinions Improving and refining work
1 to 1.9 The subject of the drawing (what it is) is recognisable, the shapes are somewhat accurate.
A small amount of tone has been used but might not be neat.
You can explain and create primary and secondary colours. You are able to mix colours without help. You are able to create colours with different tones in them. You are able to explain how artists have used a variety of different techniques to create their work.
You are able to share your opinion through paraphrasing.
You follow the teachers feedback clearly.
Your confident in working with a small range of materials
2 to 2.9 The subject of the drawing (what it is) is clearly recognisable, the shapes are accurate.
A range of tone has been used neatly with some mark making.
You can explain and create primary, secondary and tertiary colours. You are confident in mixing colours.
You are able to create a range of different tones and blend them with control.
You can explain and use complementary colours.
You are able to confidently explain how artists have used a variety of different techniques to create their work and use this information to adapt and refine your work.
You are able to give an opinion confidently being able to compare and contrast.
You follow feedback and understand how to improve your work yourself.
Your confident in working with a range of materials.
3 to 3.9 The subject of the drawing (what it is) is clearly recognisable, the shapes are very accurate.
A great range of tone has been used neatly with some a range of mark making.
You can explain and create primary, secondary and tertiary colours. You are very confident in mixing colours.
You are able to create a great range of different tones and blend them with great control.
You can explain and use complementary colours.
You are able to confidently explain how artists have used a variety of different techniques to create their work and use this information to adapt and refine your work.
You are able to give an opinion confidently being able to judge and evaluate.
You follow feedback and understand how to improve your work yourself showing great willingness to take risks.
Your confident in working with a wide range of materials
4 to 4.9 The subject of the drawing (what it is) is clearly recognisable, the shapes are extremely accurate.
A wide range of tone has been used neatly with a variety of mark making to achieve texture and detail.
You can explain and create primary, secondary and tertiary colours. You are very confident in mixing colours.
You are able to create a wide range of different tones and blend them effectively with great control.
You can explain and use complementary colours successfully.
You are able to confidently explain how artists have used a variety of different techniques to create their work and use this information to adapt and refine your work.
You are able to give an opinion confidently being able to analyse and evaluate.
You follow feedback and understand how to improve your work yourself showing great willingness to take risks.
Your confident in working with a wide range of materials. You are able to identify your areas of improvement independently and understand how to develop them.

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