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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 7 Art
Term 1 & 2Natural 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.
Assessment: 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. Key Words and Terms
 
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.
Assessment: Summative assessment – Students will be given an overall level from Bronze-9 based on the units work as a whole. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5 & 6Loosening 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.
Assessment: Summative assessment – Students will be given an overall level from Bronze-9 based on the units work as a whole. Key Words and Terms
 

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