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Objectives in art

In year 7:                                                                                                               

Students are introduced to a range of new techniques, materials, artists and themes.These  experiences set the foundation for developing as an effective artist and creative thinker. Each theme is designed to develop a balance of practical skills, knowledge and understanding.

Projects covered:

  • Colour project - Fish project


In year 8:

Modules have been designed to extend the creativity, learning, knowledge and skills introduced in the previous year’s course. Students will be encouraged to work independently, to experiment with techniques and to evaluate the progression of their ideas.

Projects covered:Insects project                                    


In year 9:

In preparation for the thematic approach to work in Y10, students are given a project brief and are encouraged to select and develop individual ideas. Students use diverse sources and are introduced to different ways of creating work that is inspired by a theme or an individual artist. Art appreciation is also a main focus in Y9.  Students are asked to analyse and evaluate examples of modern and contemporary art practice, developing further their knowledge of art terms and the confidence to express personal thoughts and opinions.

Projects covered:

  • Food project     


In year 7

  • Research facts about an artist – write up and give an opinion of work
  • Pastiche an artist’s work
  • Use resources, materials and techniques to create your own interpretation
  • Record ideas
  • Write paragraphs to explain what you have done
  • Use appropriate vocabulary
  • Link some outcomes to practical and written investigation(s)

In year 8

  • Use your own words and research skills to write about observations of an artist’s work.  Select examples of work that backup opinions.  Pastiches should be clearly linked to research on the named artist.
  • Select and use appropriate resources and materials to explore ideas
  • Be consistent in selection of resources or techniques
  • Record detailed ideas consistently in practical work
  • Annotate work to explain what you have done with appropriate specialist vocabulary
  • Outcomes consistently link to (and are informed by) practical and written investigation(s)
  • Adequately explain or justify connections that have been chosen

In year 9

  • Detailed opinions and observations of an artist’s work are backed up by the use of relevant facts, the use of appropriate vocabulary and relevant examples
  • Pastiches of work demonstrate links to the themes, techniques and materials used by the artists
  • Apply learning to other elements of artwork
  • Use resources and knowledge of materials and techniques to explore and develop own ideas in a confident way
  • Experiment with materials and techniques – learning from the process
  • Apply learning to other elements of artwork
  • Confidently record ideas about practical work in a consistent way
  • Confidently explain what you have done and analyse your work – linking to other areas of the subject   
  • Outcomes confidently link to (and are informed by) practical and written investigation(s)
  • Clearly analyse, explain and justify chosen connections with investigations and use these to develop ideas