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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 8 Art
Term 1 & 2Natural Forms - (Vincent Van Gogh)
In this unit we will focus on mark making and texture. We will begin by introducing the students to the artist Vincent Van Gogh. They will be set a research homework on the artist. And we will explore how to analyse an artist’s work using the key terms content/ form/ mood/ process. We will develop skills in mark making initially by identifying the marks the artist has used and re-creating one of his pieces of work. We will then move the students into ink drawing, and they will be asked to do a series of direct observation drawings of shells, exploring texture marks. They will also be given the opportunity to explore a wide variety of other materials, exploring mark making: fine-liner/ watercolour/ charcoal/ printing. They will then be asked to do some concentrated studies of plants in selected mediums.
Assessment: 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. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3 & 4Portraits (Shepherd Fairey)
Students will be introduced to the American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist and illustrator Shepherd Fairey, and be asked to complete a research homework on the artist’s work. They will also be introduced to the theme of portraiture, and we will look at the wider context of this theme within art before focusing on stylised portraits based on Shepherd Fairey’s work. Students will have lessons in basic painting skills, using Acrylic paints. They will then apply these skills to a stylised portrait, where they have been asked to focus on using line/ contour/ selective tonal values and a limited colour palette. We will then look at portrait drawing in a wider sense, and how to draw portraits in proportion and with accuracy. They will be asked to practice basic skills and then complete a self portait. Students will then be given the opportunity to research from a selection of portrait artists and create a piece of work based on this artist.
Assessment: Summative Assessment: Students will be assessed on the unit of work as a whole and be given a level from Bronze-9.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5 & 6 Perspective
We will introduce the theme of perspective to the students, and put it into context; historically as well as its wider applications. During the unit we will cover both one-point and two-point perspective drawing, they will begin with the basics, using a vanishing point and horizon line, and the tasks will increase in difficulty. They will have some freedom to research existing images, which they will then have to work out how to re-create. The unit will culminate in an end of year assessment drawing.
Assessment: Summative Assessment: Students will be assessed on the unit of work as a whole and be given a level from Bronze-9.Key Words and Terms
 

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