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Key Stage 3

Subject: Art and Design

Aims of the subject: We aim to teach a visual language where pupils learn how to communicate their ideas through seeing, drawing and making. Students will be introduced to a number of different skills and will make links to different artists and cultures.

Pupils will learn how to analyse and evaluate artwork to inform oral and written responses.

Year What will I learn? What will I do?
7 Baseline Testing

During the first six lessons all pupil will be assessed within four key areas: Tonal Drawing, Design, Painting and Analytical understanding.

Colour Theory

An introduction to a variety of materials and techniques while exploring and developing their knowledge and understanding of colour theory.


Content covered

·         The Colour Wheel

·         Primary, secondary and tertiary colour mixing

·         Harmonious and complementary colour schemes

·         Analysing the work of the Impressionists and Pointillism


How to produce symmetrical pattern with repeated motifs

Content covered

·         Transfer techniques

·         Research of stylised forms in nature

·         Composition and rotational symmetry

·         Effective use of colour in pattern

·         Paint techniques – mixing and application.


An exploration of materials and techniques while investigating the role of Art in Ancient Egyptian culture.


Content covered

·         Overview of Art in Ancient Egyptian Culture

·         Symbols in Ancient Egyptian Art

·         Egyptian Canopic jars, design and purpose

·         Clay techniques and processes


All year 7 pupils collaborate to produce a large scale piece of work reflecting a current local or national theme.



Content covered

·                    Investigating a chosen topic (e.g. Olympics, School Values)

·                    2D drawing, materials and techniques in the style of ‘others’

·                    Digital enhancement- Enlarging a design through scale ratio

·                    Transfer techniques

·                    Collaborative learning

·                    Analysing the work of Robert Delauney to develop ideas,

observations and insights



Developing observational skills and exploring 2D form, shape drawing of natural forms

Content covered

·         Observational studies of fruit and vegetables

·         Close up sections of fruits

·         Watercolour painting techniques

·         Gradation of tone building form in colour



Colour Theory


Draw realistic 2D shapes using accurate form, shape, colour and tone.


Draw a butterfly exploring shape, pattern, gradual shading, harmonious and complementary colour.


Explore rotational symmetry and repeat pattern to create a Butterfly repeat motif.




Draw realistic 2D imagery using accurate Egyptian form, shape, colour and tone.


Mix, use and apply paint with specific to Ancient Egyptian culture.



Gain a clear knowledge and understanding of Ancient Egyptian culture.


Explore 3D forms exploring the tactile qualities of Clay to produce a Canopic Jar.




Work in harmony as part of a collective project.


Use ICT to digitally enhance, scale or manipulate imagery.


Explore a range of 2D materials and techniques.


Explore shape, form, colour, texture and tone within Natural Forms.


Produce accurate drawing exploring a variety of viewpoints.


Explore graduated tonal ranges through mark-making techniques.


Paint using three different paint techniques.

8 Year 8 Art & Design


An introduction to a variety of materials and techniques while investigating the role of Art in Aboriginal culture.

Content covered

·         Analysis of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal Art

·         Aboriginal spirituality reflecting journeys and dreams

·         The use of Symbolism within Aboriginal Art

·         Produce Aboriginal inspired composition, pattern and colour

·         Aboriginal relief animal

·         Ceramics– stylised creatures using slabbing and modelling techniques


An introduction to perspective exploring the visual impact and technical application of 1,2 and 3 point perspective.

Content covered

·         Single point perspective – principles and application

·         Interior design using single point perspective

·         Investigation of good Interior design

·         Colour theory specific to emotive or themed intention

·         Painting techniques– three basic principles of paint.

·         Two and three point perspective


Investigation of commercial packaging design exploring 2D formal elements.

Content covered

·         Effective design, logos and the impact of commercial packaging.

·         Analyising the impact of aesthetics and effective advertising

·         Font and Typeface Design

·         Observational studies exploring shape, form, pattern and viewpoint of various confectionery packaging.

·         Large painting exploring viewpoint, scale and proportion.

·         Design for packaging for healthy drink with own logo




Explore 2D shape,form and pattern specific to Aboriginal culture.


Design a visual identity page using symbolic references.


Explore Aboriginal colour, composition and tonal ranges to develop symbolic journey designs.


Explore 2D/3D shape,form and pattern to produce a relief design.


Learn how to mix, use and apply paint with specific intention.


Apply one point perspective techniques to 2D shapes to create 3D forms


Gain a basic understanding of the importance of perspective within art.


Design a series of room designs exploring one point perspective.


Draw city scapes with high rise buildings using two point perspective.


Design a fantasy city design using three point perspective.




Develop accuracy and tonal drawing exploring gridding up techniques.


Create a 2D font design exploring shape, pattern and colour.


Explore composition to create abstract arrangements to design a collaged packaging design.


Embed prior understand of colour theory to explore extended ranges of colour mixing.




Explore Still life studies to develop ‘Fine Art’ techniques including observation skills and accuracy.

Content covered

·         Drawing techniques with increased focus upon graduation of tone, line drawing, proportion and perspective

·         Gridding up techniques exploring 2D and 3D form

·         Aesthetics of curved forms with reflective surfaces

·         Dynamic colour in painting – mixing colour in a variety of media

·         Still life painting-Extended painting techniques


An introduction to Cubism exploring perspective and abstract composition.

Content covered

·         Looking at Cubism and the work of Picasso, Braque and Gris

·         Contrasting perspective and viewpoints

·         Introduction to collage/mixed media techniques

·         Experimentation in mark making, textures and surface pattern

·         Collage in Cubist style based on observational studies of still life


​​​​​​​Pop Art an investigation into the influence of popular culture within traditional and non-traditional portraiture.

·         Introduction to traditional and non-traditional portraiture techniques and processes.

·         Digital manipulation and Photoshop processes.

·         Facial proportions

·         Gridding up- Fine art portraiture

·         The influence of Pop Art and the work of ‘others’

·         Other Pop artists and their work

·         Repeat imagery through mono-printing

·         Compositional skills – elements of a well-balanced composition

·         Large composition of chosen icon and related images



Explore a range of gridding up drawings.


Embed gridding up techniques within a tonal drawing.


Make connections to the work of Braque, Cezanne, Gris, Picasso and Van Gogh.


Explore 2D shape, form and tone through abstract compositions.



Use digital manipulation to explore contrast and colour within Warhol inspired portraiture.


Produce a series of portraits exploring tradition proportions, techniques and tone specifically in the form of gradual shading.


Apply a clear understanding of colour theory through specific colour combinations within Pop Art paintings.


Explore images of popular culture to design an Icon themed Pop Art composition.


Extra-curricular opportunities

The art department offers lunchtime art club on a daily basis. All KS3 schemes of work have sites that include various resources that can be independently accessed via Frog.

How you can support your child’s progress

All homework is set regularly on Frog within which all support sites, resources and information can be found. Please encourage your child to use these resources to ensure the best possible outcome when completing independent studies or homework.

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