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KS3 Art

Year 7

The Curriculum Vision for Art

Ernulf Academy Art department aims to provide all Year 7 students with a strong foundation in the formal elements of art to equip them with the skills and knowledge to continue to thrive in Key Stage 3 Art and into Key Stage 4. We aim for students to develop an appreciation for a wide variety of art styles and artists, and learn how to use the wide range of art materials available. Through Art students will also learn how to communicate, discussion skills, to persevere, to develop how to express their opinion respectfully, independent working skills as well as team work skills, understanding of other cultures and the world in which we live.

The Curriculum Intent

Unit 1 – The Art of Robots

Students learn about tone and shape. They learn how to create and blend tone with pencil, how to draw basic shapes and how to use tone to create 3D form. Students then use this knowledge of shape, tone and form to design and create their own tonal robot drawing.

Students will encounter the following terminology:

  • Tone
  • Shape
  • Form
  • Design
  • Pencil
  • Tonal range
  • Blending
  • Volume
  • Combined volumes

Unit 2 – Sweets

Through this unit of work students will develop their understanding of the role and function of illustration and how an illustrator works to a brief in order to complete a commission to a clients specification. The brief asks students to create an illustration for a new edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that needs to include a sweet or series of sweets and be created using Lino printing. Students will research the work of Quentin Blake and another illustrator of their choice in order to learn about how different illustrators develop their own styles. Students will develop an understanding of the creative process and how illustrators need to research imagery before creating their own designs. Through this process students will develop their own observational drawing and design skills. Students will go on to learn how to Lino print and the safe use of tools and materials to create their own Lino prints.

Students will encounter the following terminology:

  • Illustration
  • Illustrator
  • Series
  • Design
  • Brief
  • Lino print
  • Observational drawing
  • Line
  • Colour
  • Pattern
  • Tone
  • Composition
  • Key characteristics
  • Symmetry
  • Tessellation
  • Watercolour
  • Pen and wash
  • Tracing
  • Transfer

Unit 3 – Gargoyles

Students develop their sculptural making skills in this unit and make a clay gargoyle. They begin by researching and learning about gargoyles found in English and European churches. Students also learn to understand proportion and exaggeration of facial features by using the grid method of drawing. The stippling painting technique is learnt and used to create texture. Then the design process is developed in relation to creating ideas for a 3D gargoyle final piece. They learn how to depict exaggerated facial proportions and expressions in three-dimensions. Students learn the properties and potential of clay to make a glazed clay gargoyle, using slab and pinch techniques as well as methods of modelling clay and how to attach two pieces of clay together. Students learn how to safely use clay tools and about the firing and glazing processes in our specialist ceramics room.

Students will encounter the following terminology:

  • Gargoyle
  • Grotesque
  • Stippling
  • Proportion
  • Texture
  • Exaggeration
  • Grid method
  • 3D
  • Clay
  • Glaze
  • Slab technique
  • Pinch pot
  • Score and slip
  • Kiln
  • Biscuit firing

Year 8-9

Please note this information will be added in due course…