Subject Leader: Mrs Hermione Best

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What are we studying?

Students will complete a nineteen week course in Art and Design comprising of one double lesson a week. Throughout their studies in Art in Year 7 students will develop their investigation of ideas inspired by the work of other artists, and their exploration of media and processes within the structured learning of key formal elements. Topics covered are;

 ‘Taking a line for a walk’– Line and shape, recording using line in a range of media

3D on a 2D page’ – Tone and form, recording light and shade  

‘Making your Mark’ – Texture and mark making, exploring marks on paper and with ceramic work

Colour, Emotion and Culture’ – Investigations into colour theory and colour associations

Practical artistic activities including; drawing from imagination and observation using a range of media, painting and printing including block and stencil printing, ICT animation, pencil and charcoal drawing and ceramics.

How are we assessed?

Classwork (practical and theory work) and homework is assessed throughout the course.  Students will be given success criteria and grading level descriptors linked to the work.  Work will be given a grading level, which enables their progress to be monitored.  The assessments may be carried out in lessons or set as homework. 

How are we grouped?

Students are in mixed ability groups in Art, Design and Technology, and are timetabled for two double lessons a week in this subject area.  The maximum class size is 24. 

What homework are we expected to do?

There will usually be one homework task set every other week, which should take around 30 minutes to complete.  All the homework assignments will relate to classwork activities either in the form of design preparation e.g. ideas; observational drawings, planning and research (books and internet) or completing a unit of work by evaluating what has been learnt.  All homework will be available on Show My Homework. Students will be given an Art Sketchbook to complete both class and homework into; it is their responsibility to follow given guidelines for the presentation of work and to keep their work safe as they transport their classwork and homework to and from school.

What can parents do to help?

  • Encourage your child to discuss what they have learnt each week as they are looking through their Art sketchbook.
  • Provide opportunities for art work at home, to include a space to work and objects to record.
  • Encourage gallery visits. Look out for articles in newspapers or television and discuss them with your child.
  • Useful resources and equipment:
    • A 2B Sketching pencil,
    • A good metal pencil sharpener,
    • A large white rubber
    • A set of colouring pencils.
  • Access to the internet for research tasks

 Other relevant information: There will be a small charge to cover the cost of materials for any 3D projects that the student wishes to take home.

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