Year 8 — Art

Term 1 : Mark Making

During the first term of Year 8 we will be revisiting the basic skills in art, specifically mark making and shading. To help students understand the importance of mark making we will be looking at the artist Vincent Van Gogh and recreating some of his artwork.

1) Baseline test - students will be baselined at the beginning of the year, they will do a direct observational drawing and the will be marked from Bronze-9.

2) Summative Assessment - Students will be assessed on the unit of work as a whole and be given a level from Bronze-9.

Actual Texture

Texture refers to the surface quality in a work of art. We associate textures with the way that things look or feel. Everything has some type of texture. We describe things as being rough, smooth, silky, shiny, fuzzy and so on.

Visual Texture

In the visual arts, texture is the perceived surface quality of a work of art. It is an element of two-dimensional and three-dimensional designs and is distinguished by its perceived visual and physical properties.

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.

Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art.

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Term 2: Mark Making & Still Life Shells

Implementing the knowledge, the students had learnt last term we will move onto still life drawing of shells. Students will learn how to draw accurately using the correct proportions and will require to use the mark making skills they had learnt last term to add texture to their drawings.

Summative Assessment: Students will be assessed on the unit of work as a whole and be given a level from Bronze-9.

Street Artist

Street art is visual art created in public locations, usually unsanctioned artwork executed outside of the context of traditional art venues.

Graphic Designer

The art or skill of combining text and pictures in advertisements, magazines, or books.

Activism

The policy or action of using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change.

Illustrator

A person who draws or creates pictures for magazines, books, advertising, etc.

Shepherd Fairey

Frank Shepard Fairey is an American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist, illustrator and founder of OBEY Clothing who emerged from the skateboarding scene.

Stylised

Depict or treat in a mannered and non-realistic style

Contour

An outline representing or bounding the shape or form of something.

Limited Colour Palette

Palette can refer to a range of colors, if we limit these to a selected few, this is a limited colour palette.

Portraiture

The art of painting or taking portraits.

Proportion

A part, share, or number considered in comparative relation to a whole.

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Term 3: Op Art

During this term we will be looking at the art movement of Op Art, discuss it’s influences on culture and looking specifically at the artist Victor Vasarely. Students will then create their own Op Art using the perspective pattern skills they learnt in Y7.

Summative Assessment: Students will be assessed on the unit of work as a whole and be given a level from Bronze-9.

Perspective

The art of representing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other.

One-point Perspective

A method that shows how things appear to get smaller as they get further away, converging towards a single 'vanishing point' on the horizon line. It is a way of drawing objects upon a flat piece of paper so that they look three-dimensional and realistic.

Two-point Perspective

A linear perspective in which parallel lines along the width and depth of an object are represented as meeting at two separate points on the horizon that are 90 degrees apart as measured from the common intersection of the lines of projection.

Vanishing Point

The point at which receding parallel lines viewed in perspective appear to converge.

Horizon Line

The terms “horizon line” & “eye level” are often used synonymously. Horizon line/eye level refer to a physical/visual boundary where sky separates from land or water. It is the actual height of the viewer's eyes when looking at an object, interior scene.

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Term 4: Pop Art

We will be looking at Pop Art this term and how it influenced culture and the arts. We will use Roy Lichtenstein to identify the key characteristics of what Pop Art is and then using that knowledge create our own Pop Art, artwork.

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Term 5: Pop Art

We will continue the topic of Pop art by observing at the artist Claes Oldenburg and using him as inspiration to create soft sculptures using felt, emborder and foam.

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Term 6: Composition & Found Objects

During this term we will be expanding students' knowledge on composition and how it can be used to make a successful artwork. We will do this by analysing the artist Kathrin Jones and using her as inspiration to create artworks using found objects.

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