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Art Year 8

Aims:
The Art Department aims to offer the students a balanced and structured curriculum. The students will be able to work in a wide variety of media, using two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques. They will be developing their skills in order to be able to work independently, reviewing and modifying their work. We have developed our schemes of work to give the students a broad experience of art skills as well as developing the understanding and appreciation of different kinds of Art. We expect the students to be able to apply this knowledge to their own ideas and review their work with a developing visual literacy.

Content:
The Art curriculum will cover the elements of art, (line and tone, colour, texture, pattern, shape, form and space) with this year building upon the knowledge and understanding of the previous. Students will develop their skills in a range of materials and techniques including drawing, painting, printmaking, multimedia work and ceramics. The research and investigation of other artists’ work forms an integral part of each project.

All students in Year 8 will cover three units over the year. Typically these will focus on contemporary art practice, a 20th century Art Movement and a Non Western Art form.  Students will explore materials and techniques with observational drawing used as a starting point.

USE OF ICT
Students will be required to produce word processed, illustrated projects linked to the critical studies element of a project. They will access the internet to research visual and written information on artists and their work.

Assessment:
Regular assessment and monitoring ensures progression through the Key Stage, linked to the National Curriculum Levels for Art. Homework is set on a weekly basis and should have at least 30 minutes spent on it. Commonly, students in Year 8 would be achieving a level 5 or 6 with more able students reaching level 7. Each level is divided into a, b, c, where ‘a’ relates to work which is nearer to the next level above and ‘c’ to the level below.

Extra Curricular:
Where possible Year 8 students will produce ‘on location’ drawings as part of a project and the Art rooms are regularly available during lunchtimes in order to develop work or catch up if a student is absent from an Art lesson.

Useful Websites:
www.artchive.com
www.moma.org
www.nationalgallery.org.uk
www.npg.org.uk
www.thenewartgallerywalsall.org.uk
www.newbritishartists.co.uk
www.royalacademy.org.uk
www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk
www.tate.org.uk