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KS3 Art

The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

 produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences

 become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques

 evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

 know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

KS3 Programme of Study

Each unit of work will include teaching that supports drawing skills, critically evaluating the work of others and learning and retaining knowledge that underpins art techniques and an understanding of Art History. The students work will be regular assessed through a mixture of testing and the grading of work. Feedback will be provided orally and though written comments. At the end of each unit of work, the students will review what they have learnt, what they were good at and what they could improve.

Year 7

Term 1 – Basics.

What do you know?

Students will learn about the basic elements (tone, line, texture, form) which underpin good drawing skills. They will experiment and explore a range line drawing, mark making techniques and materials. They will observe from real life and study and evaluate a range of artists.

Term 2 – Colour

Students will be taught the theory of colour and explore how colour can be used to communicate mood, show perspective and how it underpins principles of design. They will explore a range of techniques which depend on knowledge of colour theory and they will study and evaluate how a range of different artists and designers use colour in their work.

Term 3 – Still Life.

Students will be drawing from ‘real’ objects (primary observations) and found images (secondary observations) with a view to creating a body of work that reflects their accurate recording skills and their building knowledge of media, techniques and processes. They will study and evaluate a range of artists and explore the history of still life and the hidden meanings and symbols found within Still Life. Students will develop their understanding of composition, photography and drawing techniques.

Term 4 – Sculpture / Model Making

Students will learn about a range of sculpture techniques and explore ideas inspired by a range of different sculptors. Students will consider the process by which artists use creativity and inspiration to design sculpture for different purposes. Students will then produce a range of different 3D forms and their work will be decorated, painted and presented.

Term 5 – Expressive Faces.

Students will explore portraiture in a variety of different styles and disciplines including Cubism, Illustration, Graphic Design, Expressionism, Pop Art and Realism. Students will consider how artists communicate personality, expression and mood through facial expression, colour and composition. Students will compare and contrast Eastern and Western approaches to revealing character through portraiture. Learners will be introduced to the basic proportions of the face and its features.  

Term 6 – Cultural Arts.

Students will learn about Art and its history in different Cultures. Students will explore and experiment with a variety pattern making and design techniques. They will explore religious and cultural influences on art and learn the meanings of a variety of symbols. They will compare and contrast art from different cultures. Students will develop presentation of work and range of skills using mixed media.

Year 8

Term 1 – Pop Art

Students will study the historical context of Pop art and explore a range of techniques pertinent to this style.  They will analyse the work of a range of artists who contributed to this movement and try out the techniques for themselves. Students will develop drawing skills through observations of packaging, experiment with a range of printing, photo-editing and collage techniques. Students will explore the contributions of Illustration and   Onomatopoeia from comics and packaging to Pop Art.

Term 2 – Illustration 

Students will learn about how to tell a story and communicate with the reader through composition, body language, facial expressions and typography. Students, learning from the work of other artists will explore and develop knowledge of a range of mixed media techniques. Students will take inspiration from direct observation and imagination to create illustrative characters and backgrounds.

Term 3 – Urban Landscape

Students will study the skills involved in creating ‘realistic’ imagery using construction techniques. The ‘laws’ of painting and drawing for precise recording. They will create work in one-point and two-point perspective. Students will consider the difference between ariel and lineal perspective and how to communicate depth of field. Students will analyse and learn from the work of a range of urban landscape artists.

Term 4 – Sculpture – Food

Students will be exploring and analysing the work of a range of artists who use food as the main theme in their artwork. Students will develop observational drawing skills using food as the subject. Students will be developing their skills using clay to produce a final outcome, which they will paint and decorate.

Term 5 – Typography

Students will explore a range of methods and styles used to create text including photo editing programmes, stencils, collage and other handmade typography techniques. Students will consider how typography is used alongside imagery to communicate in advertising, graphic design and street art.   

Term 6 – Photoshop – Graphics Project

Students will learn basic skills in Photoshop in order to complete a graphics project meeting the aims of a brief. Students will learn how to set up new documents, import imagery, perform basic touch ups to photographs, resize or distort imagery, add artistic filters to imagery, use and understand layers, alter lighting, use text and understand image quality. Students will then go on to explore techniques of interest to them.


KS4 - GCSE Art & Design

Assessment Objectives

AO1 Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding. (Artist research)



AO2 Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops. (Development of skills in a range of media)



AO3 Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress. (Observational drawing)



AO4 Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements. (Final outcome)


Year 9

Terms 1 and 2 – Natural Forms

Students will be developing observational drawing and mark making skills though observations of primary and secondary sources. Students will recap basic drawing elements such as tone, line, texture and form, underpin good drawing practice. Students will then develop painting and mixed media techniques using natural forms as a stimulus. Students will explore and gain knowledge of print making and 3D techniques.

Terms 3 and 4 – Still Life (Metal, Glass, Wood, Bone)

Students will be drawing from ‘real’ objects (primary observations) and found images (secondary observations) with a view to creating a body of work that reflects their accurate recording skills and their building knowledge of media, techniques and processes. They will research art/craft/design persons to create presentations of work that will directly influence their final, personal response. Students will learn drawing and composition techniques to support drawing skills.

Term 5 and 6 – Human Form

Students will be guided in the drawing of ‘real’ people (primary observations) and found images (secondary observations) with a view to creating a body of work that reflects their accurate recording skills and their building knowledge of media, techniques and processes. Students will learn about the proportions of the face and its features and the human body. Students will explore how lone, colour and tone is used to communicate mood and personality through portraiture.

Year 10

Term 1 and 2 – Graphics Project – Packaging for a children’s confectionary product

Students will complete a project to meet the requirements of a Graphic Design brief. They will begin with market research of existing packaging before exploring, typography design, illustration and product design in order to produce a final outcome (packaging). Students will research of the work of illustrators, graphic designers and typography designers to help them to design their ideas. 

Term 3 – Mini Project (Drawing and mixed media techniques)

Students will explore a range of techniques connected to scale to support them with drawing, mark making and experimenting with mixed media. The aim of the project is to support students with a wide range of techniques to support them in preparation for working independently in the Mock coursework project which is about to start. 

Term 4 and 5 – Mock Coursework Project– Animals

Students will work independently using the theme Animals to complete a coursework project meeting the assessment criteria.

Term 6 – Coursework Project

Year 11

Term 1 and 2 – Coursework Project

Term 3 and 4 – Set Task (Set by the exam board)

Term 5 – Mounting and presenting