During year 7, the following topics are covered:
An introduction to the key elements of drawing, mark making and tone. Pupils will complete a series of tasks aimed at developing their understanding of tone/shading and refining their pencil control.
This unit allows our students to gain an understanding of basic colour theory. Using the colour wheel, pupils will practise mixing watercolour paints effectively and understanding how to achieve a wide range of tones and shades. Technical skills will then be developed to ensure that pupils learn about successful application of the media ready to create pieces of artwork.
Pupils will study and compare the work of a number of well known colour artists. After a series of workshops/ tasks, pupils will endeavour to emulate the artist’s style using their newly acquired skills and knowledge.
This project will expose pupils to the Cubism movement. We will learn how to incorporate geometric shapes into designs, in order to create interesting and individual artwork. The style of cubist work will be used to influence the structure of design ideas as well as the use of blended colour application.
During this unit pupils will become aware of the work of such artists as George Seurat and other artists known for their Impressionist work. We will study how their use of mark making and colour sets their work apart from that of others. Pupils will conduct a series of technique building tasks aimed at developing their skills in this interesting and exciting genre of art.
Masks have long been part of cultures from around the world. During this project pupils will investigate and compare masks from various locations and learn about their significance visually and culturally. A series of original designs will then be made taking world masks as inspiration, before pupils then realise a final piece using newly acquired 3D modelling skills.
During year 8, the following topics are covered:
Environmental Art/ Hundertwasser
This unit allows students to contextually analyse the line, pattern and colours in the work of Hundertwasser through teach lead workshops. This extends their knowledge and understanding of how an artist works.
Students revisit and strengthen painting techniques learned in year 7 and further their skills in mixing and applying watercolour to a composition of their own design inspired by the artist’s style.
Students learn, practice and master the basic drawing rules of portraiture in this unit by following step by step teacher lead drawing demonstrations covering eyes, nose and mouth techniques. Students also learn how to mix skin tone in paint and practice applying to their drawing.
Students are introduced to the work of Modigliani and are able to compare and contrast his style to the classic proportion rules they have learned. Students create their own stylised version of Modigliani portrait.
African Masks/Adinkra Symbols
In this unit students gain an appreciation of the spiritual and cultural importance of masks. They consider the materials used as well as exploring the influences in style between them and Modigliani’s work. By extending the unit further into the Adinkra symbols students gain a wider breath of the traditional craftsmanship and a knowledge of how tradition printing takes place. By personally developing their own Adinkra style symbol students have the opportunity to work in card, paper mache, paint and gold leaf to create a 3D relief outcome.
In this unit students consider the traditional craftsmanship of stained glass windows and learn how Stained Glass windows are made and used in context. Building on design skills students draw an animal or bird and carefully divide it into sections (which would be pieces of glass). Students go through a design process of tracing their image and applying carefully blended oil pastels before the work is laminated and outlined, giving the effect of a stained glass window.
Our Graffiti Unit allows students revisits and consolidate key skills of drawing, pencil crayon blending and image and text. By looking at highly contemporary artists students are drawn into debate about the rights and wrongs of graffiti. Workshop lessons are delivered to give students the tools to practice and master the right techniques in layering, blending and shadowing. This allows them to design and create their own colourful graffiti inspired piece possibly on the medium of cardboard.
By using Insects as the theme for this unit students are given the chance to test and extend their skills in observational pencil drawing. Studying the complex body structure of bugs allows students to design and develop their own unique insect. Drawing techniques are explored and challenged further by using a match stick and inks to develop mark making skills used in year 7. 2D designed are realised in as students are given the chance to create their own insect in a 3D sculpture.
During year 9, the following topics are covered:
This project is an introduction to the expressive world of Surrealism. During this topic, students will learn about the work of key artists within this movement and will complete a series of tasks. The techniques covered will allow for a more relaxed attitude to line and tone in the form of automatic drawing.
Students will learn about the origins of Tattoos and how they have always had cultural significance in certain areas of the world. After studying the appearance and structure of a range of tattoo types, pupils will then refine their drawing skills and then design create their own unique pieces.
This project explores how text has been used in art in different forms over the years. Pupils will look at illumination and create their own designs. They will then explore how text can be used as a mark making technique to describe surface and form to create their own interpretations.
This project builds on prior knowledge, taking pupil’s understanding of abstraction to the next level. Designs will be created with a focus on the idea and feel of an object, rather than on realism. Subtlety is key when it comes to the use of tones in varying media to realise finished pieces.
Pupils will be engaged in tasks designed to improve their technical skills as well as learning key facts about the colourful world of Pop Art. The work of key artists will be studied and will influence the designs that pupils create.
During this project students will complete a series of drawing tasks which will develop their understanding of how to draw characters successfully. Pupils will then be encouraged to create their own characters whilst using proportion as a tool to depict movement in an image.