Art & Design - Year 7

During Year 7 students will have two lessons over a two week timetable. They will work in a sketchbook and on paper and they will also work in both two and three dimensions. Students will learn about basic skills, including drawing, tone, shade, colour blending, mixing and pattern making. Students will learn how to use colour, using a wide range of media including paint, pencils and inks. Students will be introduced to the work of numerous Artists and they will also look at different Art movements, for example Pop Art. Equipment required to complete class or extension work can be obtained from any Art room.
During Year 7 students will begin to evaluate and assess their own work and the work of others through teacher led group discussions. Self, peer, group and teacher assessment is recorded in Key Stage 3 assessment booklets.
Drawing from observation is really important and students will carry out homework tasks that allow us to see what level their drawing skills is at and they will then have the opportunity to improve and develop these skills.

Topic  Overview  Assessment 
Tonal exercise - skills based unit.  
Learn how to use a 2B and 6B pencil correctly, using the three main techniques, shading, cross hatching and scribble technique. Start to develop these skills and develop an understanding of how tone works. 
Informal assessment is ongoing throughout all units of work. Self, peer and teacher assessment happens every lesson via verbal communication. Throughout the unit of work students will continually be looking at how they can improve their work and will be using, EBI/WWW sheets. At the end of the unit of work students use assessment books to record their achievements and thoughts about the unit of work. Self, peer and group assessment is an invaluable part of the Art and Design course.  
Colour wheel & Colour mixing - skills based unit.  
Build on previous primary school knowledge of the colour wheel. Experiment using different media and techniques. Using colour pencil crayons, paint water colour and/or acrylic and begin to develop the skill set needed when using these media. 
Observational drawing/ Line work - skills based unit.  
Learn how to carry out an observational drawing, focussing on line and detail. Use a view finder to help focus on a particular area. Start to experiment with tonal elements, using the skills learned in the first project.  
Natural forms printing/ 3D/ relief  
Create a page of collaged images of natural forms and use the information found to create designs for printing. Transfer a design on to the lino tile, cut out and create the print.  
Subject pictures basic drawing & blending skills  
Draw from 2D images, focus on accuracy of line drawing and composition. Shade a section of the work in colour and a section in black & white. Making sure the blending and shading skills that have been used previously are being developed.  
Kandinsky or Pop Art Critical Studies - Learning about the work of an Artist and/or movement.  
Learning about the work of an Artist and/or movement. Look at information about the artist, the work and the influence it has had on Art history. Focus of compositional skills developing drawing, shading and blending skills.

One formal drawing is carried out every term.  

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