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Time Allocation: Students study Art for one 1 hour period per week in Year 7 and two 1 hour periods per week in Year 8 

Grouping: Art is taught in form groups 

Course Content: During KS3, students will develop their understanding of the main concepts that underpin the study of Art, as well as learn the processes which are essential to enable progress to be made. The content which will be covered is as follows: 


Year 7 

Year 8 


Students will reflect back on their knowledge from key stage 2 and develop their core making skills in drawing by: 

  • Learning about mark-making, line and tone and its potential to express meaning, linking it to Art movements from around the world and early Neolithic art. 
  • Exploring tonal variation, oil pastel and sgraffito to suggest pattern and line. 
  • Producing experimental drawings, as well as an independent interpretation of Neolithic art. 

Students will investigate how to convey information through observational pencil drawing of an African mask and a self-portrait. Students will be:

  • Learning about artists and cultures who have produced different types of masks and portraits (e.g. Benin masks, Frida Kahlo, Le Brun, Van Gogh) which express emotion.  Develop an understanding of proportional techniques and 3-dimensional form. 
  • Exploring the potential of line and tone through independent experimentation and teacher support. 
  • Producing their own mask drawing and  self-portrait, reflecting on the skills acquired within year 7 and aspiring to GCSE expectations.
  • Evaluating their work. 



Students will create Egyptian water colour paintings informed by critical research by: 

  • Learning about the craft of Ancient Egyptian art through discussion, research and written analysis. They will also learn and understand key concepts within colour theory. 
  • Exploring the potential of drawing and water colours through independent experimentation and teacher support. 
  • Producing traditional drawings using the grid technique, as well as sustained paintings. They will also evaluate their work and that of their peers. 

Students will investigate the theme of the ‘Grotesque’ with reference to work of Leonardo da Vinci, The Lord of the Rings films and architectural gargoyles, as well as making links with the growing creative industries by: 

  •   Learning how artists have manipulated the human form to convey new meanings and altered forms through discussion, research and written analysis. 
  • Exploring the potential of observational drawing, monoprinting and ceramics through independent experimentation and teacher support. 
  • Producing 3D clay outcomes with direct reference to artist’s research and ongoing design development.
  • Evaluating their work.  


Students will create multi-media religious iconography by: 

  • Learning about Ancient Greek and Byzantine art and its relevance within art history and in particular the expansion of early Christianity. 
  • Exploring the mathematical concepts within 3-dimensional rendering and the potential of adornment in early Christian iconography. 
  • Producing observational drawings of important Greek artefacts and highly decorative Byzantine-inspired icons. 

Students will investigate Op Art and the Illusion of Movement by: 

  • Learning about artists who have produced Op Art such as Bridget Reilly, and understand how mathematical principles have been employed in composition. 
  • Exploring the potential of pattern and contrast to create the illusion of movement through independent experimentation and teacher support. 
  • Producing a variety of combined illusions in individual presentational modes. 

Formal Assessment: 

Students will be awarded a level for 2 final realisations each term as well as ongoing teacher diagnostic feedback for homework and classwork. 


Homework is set every week in accordance with the homework timetable and targets set following assessment of these pieces.