Year 7 — Art

Term 1 & 2: Natural Forms Unit

Baseline test: This involves students drawing from direct observation, evidencing their drawing skills.

Lessons: We will explore the fundamental elements of drawing through our lessons, exploring how drawing can be used, the language of drawing, and the skills needed to draw with accuracy with a graphite pencil initially.

We will go on to explore how to use coloured pencils and key skills, as well as the basics of colour theory. This will take us into using Watercolours, and exploring this medium through painting still life’s.

We will then go on to use the skills we have developed to introduce the students to the art movement Cubism. We will look at the artists George Braque and Pablo Picasso as our starting points, and then explore the ideas behind cubism through collaging, drawing, cardboard relief work and painting.

1) Baseline test - Students will be graded from Bronze- 9, at the start of the year.

2) Summative assessment – Students will be given an overall level from Bronze-9 based on the units work as a whole.

Direct Observational Drawing

Observational art is easily defined as drawing or painting from life. Examples would include sketching a bowl of fruit (still life), drawing from a model (figurative), or drawing a street scene (landscape). The image is not taken from either a photograph

Graphite

A grey crystalline allotropic form of carbon which occurs as a mineral in some rocks and can be made from coke. It is used as a solid lubricant, in pencils, and as a moderator in nuclear reactors.

Tonal Shading

This refers to the lightness or darkness of something. This could be a shade or how dark or light a colour appears. Tones are created by the way light falls on a 3D object.

Contour Line

Contour drawing, is an artistic technique used in the field of art in which the artist sketches the contour of a subject by drawing lines that result in a drawing that is essentially an outline; the French word contour meaning, “outline.”

Mark Making

Mark making is a term used to describe the different lines, patterns, and textures we create in a piece of art. It applies to any art material on any surface, not only paint on canvas or pencil on paper.

Highlights

An area or a spot in a drawing, painting, or photograph that is strongly illuminated. 2. An especially significant or interesting detail or event.

Colour Theory

In the visual arts, color theory or colour theory is a body of practical guidance to color mixing and the visual effects of a specific color combination.

Colour Blending

Used as a noun, the word blend means the thing you mixed together or the act of mixing something together. Purple is a blend of red and blue.

Still Life

A painting or drawing of an arrangement of objects, typically including fruit and flowers and objects contrasting with these in texture, such as bowls and glassware.

Cubism

An early 20th-century style and movement in art, especially painting, in which perspective with a single viewpoint was abandoned and use was made of simple geometric shapes, interlocking planes, and, later, collage.

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Term 3 & 4 : Landscapes Unit – David Hockney

We will start the unit by exploring the artist work through the key terms content/ form/ mood and process- looking at the artist David Hockney. Specifically looking at the subject matter of landscapes.

Students will re-cap their coloured pencil skills and then be introduced to the drawing technique of using a square grid, to redraw one of David Hockney’s landscapes. This will enable them to explore with more confidence the drawing language that he uses in his work, particularly the strong use of mark making skills and colour.

The students will have the opportunity within the unit to also explore using Watercolours and enlargement grids.

Summative assessment – Students will be given an overall level from Bronze-9 based on the units work as a whole.

Subject Matter

The topic dealt with or the subject represented in a debate, exposition, or work of art.

Landscape

All the visible features of an area of land, often considered in terms of their aesthetic appeal.

Content

Content, refers to a work's essence, or what is being depicted.

Form

An element of art that is three-dimensional and encloses volume; includes height, width AND depth (as in a cube, a sphere, a pyramid, or a cylinder). Form may also be free flowing.

Mood

In art appreciation, the general atmosphere, or state of mind and feelings, that a work of art generates. For example, the mood of a painting could be disturbing or tranquil, dark or energetic.

Process

The term process art refers to where the process of its making art is not hidden but remains a prominent aspect of the completed work, so that a part or even the whole of its subject is the making of the work.

Grid Technique

The grid method involves drawing a grid over your reference photo, and then drawing a grid of equal ratio on your work surface To use the grid method, you need to have a ruler, a paper copy of your reference image, and a pencil to draw lines on the image.

Enlargement Grid

Grid Method Art Technique in Accuracy Scale Up and Scale Down. Grid Method A method for enlarging a small design (a "bozzetto") to a full size cartoon for a large mosaic. It involves drawing a grid of squares over the small picture.

Mark Making

Mark making is a term used to describe the different lines, patterns, and textures we create in a piece of art. It applies to any art material on any surface, not only paint on canvas or pencil on paper.

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Term 5 & 6: Loosening up Ideas Around Drawing Unit

In this Unit we intend to widen student’s expectations of drawing, so thinking about drawing in a wider sense, not just putting pen or pencil to paper, but drawing in 3d, as well as thinking about its wider application in other subjects, in the outside world, and for specific jobs.

We will explore drawing in a more abstract way, looking at continuous line, contour line, and also direct observation drawing in a variety of different mediums.

We will introduce students to working in wire, they will practice basic wire manipulation skills, and then apply these to drawing their own hands. They will then get the opportunity to do some independent research, finding out about a wire artist that inspires them, and creating work in a similar style to their chosen artist.

They will then get the opportunity to do some string drawings, looking at either drawing their own hands or drawing faces and as an extension can link this to cubism and Picasso’s work.

Summative assessment – Students will be given an overall level from Bronze-9 based on the units work as a whole.

Abstract

Abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect.

Manipulation

Manipulation is the skillful handling, controlling or using of something or someone. Whether it's the sculpture you made in art class or how you convinced your friend to do your homework — both are considered manipulation.

Continuous Line

The term is used to refer to the continuous line in continuous line drawings which is unbroken from the start to the end of the drawing. Continuous lines are created by without taking the drawing instrument and gaze from the drawing surface.

Contour Line

Contour drawing, is an artistic technique used in the field of art in which the artist sketches the contour of a subject by drawing lines that result in a drawing that is essentially an outline; the French word contour meaning, “outline.”

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:

Create a supportive community: