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Art - Year 7

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    Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Art for Year 7 students, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

    While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Mr Leonowicz if you have any questions.

    Please click on the questions below to find out more.

    How are groups organised?

    Classes are mixed ability.

    Art is taught as part of an Arts Carousel which is rotated three times in the year. Students have eight lessons in the Arts over a fortnight.

    What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

    The most successful students in this subject will enjoy working visually, practically, will be passionate about creating images and artefacts and will sustain their focus on long-term projects.

    What are the key concepts students will study at this level?

    • Observation
    • Developing Ideas
    • Experimenting with materials and techniques
    • Recording what is seen and understood
    • Analysis and interpretation of Images
    • Creating and realising a final image or artefact

    What will students learn at this level?

    • The overarching theme for all students in Year 7 is Still Life and Portraits. 
    • Starting the Autumn term with Picasso, Cezanne, Matisse, Escher and Van Gogh.
    • Students will explore observational skills in recording what they see in front of them – natural objects, artefacts other people and reflections of themselves.
    • They will look at key artists and ideas to assist them in developing their own images.
    • Students will draw, paint, print, and create textures and repeating patterns. Student will explore the possibilities and potential to express their own personalities and ideas.

    What skills will students develop at this level?

    Students will learn how to develop their ideas in relation to artists’ work and contexts.

    Experiment with a range of materials and techniques.

    Record what they see and experience through drawing and writing

    Realise intentions to create finished outcomes and artworks.

    How will students learn at this level?

    Through the practices of drawing with a range of media; looking at, analysing and interpreting artists’ images and ideas; trying different ways of expressing ideas and intentions;

    Reflecting on and explaining the processes experienced.

    How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

    1. Baseline drawing and observational skills tests in September/October
    2. Continuous monitoring of progress through informal observations and creative development tasks.
    3. Completed development work; experimentation, recording and composition/image

    When do key assessments take place?

    Each unit is assessed at the end of its teaching in the carousel cycle.

    How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

    • Discuss your current project work with you, show them what you are doing and explain what you have done.

    • They may be able to take you to galleries and museums and encourage you to see links to your school work.

    • Helping you to express yourself with confidence in your artwork.

    What equipment do students need for this subject?

    A range of drawing pencils

    Coloured pencils

    Drawing pen – fibre tip or black biro

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