Students are taken on an exciting journey focusing on the formal elements of art, allowing them to begin to build on their knowledge of art skills and terminology. Students are given the fabulous opportunity of investigating Art history looking at different artists and movements. Students make their own printing plate from a creative creature they construct from parts of insects and objects. They create Mark Herald inspired creations using mixed media and mark making.
In Year 8 Students learn about developing cohesive colour pallets with the aid of Colour theory. They work in collage and mixed media exploring the different styles and techniques to create collage portraits (they also apply their drawing techniques and mark making over the collage). They learn about new cultures and celebrations across the world. They create their own sugar skull design which will then be used to create a 3D sculpture out of Papier-Mache.
Students begin to focus on the difference between Artist and Designer, which they then lead onto look at Art as a product and the industry, they investigate contemporary art and how globalisation has helped inspire Artists. Students create a Clay Sculpture inspired by Contemporary artist Kaws Students begin to prepare for GCSE by completing a sketchbook project. They create an iconic painting of a celebrity taken from pop culture.
At the end of KS3, students can choose whether to continue to study Art into KS4 and gain a qualification. For those that do not continue to study Art we hope they continue with their education with a lifelong love of drawing, understanding of famous Artists and appreciation of the art around them. We also hope that they will have developed skills such as presentation, creative thinking and problem solving as well as understanding of why people create Art and Visual art and continue to benefit from its therapeutic effect.