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Art & Design

‘I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.’   

Vincent Van Gogh


‘The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.’

Pablo Picasso

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both

reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Year 7 Curriculum Content

Year 8 Curriculum Content




1 Three-Dimensional Art

(7 weeks)

–       Research into the historical, religious, and symbolic use of skulls in art

–       Designing symbols and learning how to respond to a design brief

–       Developing hand building clay techniques

Final sculpture assessed

2 Pop Art Cakes

(7 weeks)

–       Research the artist Wayne Thiebaud- video and discussion

–       Create cake compositions and quick drawings using cakes that students bring in

–       Tonal colour pencil drawing techniques taught in detail to include; burnishing, blending, layering and mixing

–       Evaluation and analysis of artist who link to their own practice (Pop Art Homework)


A4 final piece will be assessed.

3 Modern Pop Art (12 weeks)

–       Step by step instruction on the gridding and enlarging technique

–       Developing painting skills using wet on wet painting technique

–       Evaluation and analysis of artists who use colour to convey feeling or a mood

Final A3 painting assessed

4 Printmaking

(7 weeks)

–       Research into printmaking and the lino printmaking process

–       Understanding the limitations and strength to the lino printmaking process to inform lino print designing process

–       Developing lino transfer, carving, and printing techniques

–       Evaluation of lino print artists work and the historical importance of printmaking


Final print assessed.

5 The Local Environment & Art

(7 weeks)

–       Research into local artists who use the local landscape as a source of inspiration

–       Understanding key art terms abstract, realism, and perspective

–       Improving painting skills and how to employ different techniques to help with precision

Final artwork assessed