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Key Stage 3 - Art 


The aim of the Key Stage 3 curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Pupils will be taught to develop their creativity and ideas, and increase proficiency in their execution. They will develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work.

Pupils will be taught:

  • To use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas
  • To use a range of techniques and media, including painting
  • To increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials
  • To analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work
  • About the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day.

In each of the years 7, 8 and 9, the programme of study followed includes three projects:

Year 7:

  • Interesting Invertebrates (foundation skills)
  • Portraiture (drawing skills, form and tone)
  • Landscapes (Painting and colour)

Year 8:

  • Incurably Curious (intermediate drawing anatomy skills)
  • Mexican Day of the Dead (ceramic sculpture)
  • Eastern Evening (set design)

Year 9:

  • Miniaturise Me! (digital photography)
  • Paint What You Mean (satire, drawing, painting)
  • Monster Mash Up (papier mache and mod roc sculpture)