Key Stage 2 Art

Year 5

Autumn term:

Year 5 art starts with getting an understanding of the skills the students have gained in primary school. Students will complete a ‘still life’ sketch using tonal shading and line.

Moving on from this, students will develop their basic understanding of colour theory and learn about the primary and secondary colours, mixing them with paint to create the perfect colours.

Pencil exploration will kick start the second half of the Autumn term and students will explore tonal shading, cross hatching, hatching and other pencil shading methods.

The work of Lowry will be explore and examined by students in particular the ‘city’ settings and the colours used to create the atmosphere at the time. Students will explore the art of collage and create their own version of a Lowry composition using this technique. This project links in with the history and literacy work the student are completing at this time.

Spring term:

Another link to other subjects is the Titanic project. Student will explore the Titanic and use their drawing skills and water soluble crayons alongside collage to create an illustration of the ‘unsinkable ship’.

Clarice Cliff and her Bizarre range will be explored and a brief history into the ‘Potteries’ will be gained by the students. They will create their own version of a Bizarre piece using felt tip as its media before using view finders to ‘home in’ on interesting areas to replicate in clay. Students will use clay slabs to demonstrate the use of slip when adding on details as well as using a variety of clay tools to leave impressions or details pressed into the clay.

Summer term:

Art history project.

Students will gain an insight into the work of some of the ‘great’ artists.  Students will take a look at the artist’s life as well as the media and subjects they would situate their work around. They will also research how these artists changed the world of art and the impact that they had on society.

Different media will be used to imitate work of the artists before assembling each art piece to make a functioning windmill.


Year 6

Autumn term:
Student will explore the paper cut work of Henri Matisse and create identity names for the fronts of sketch books using his cut out and paper collage techniques.

Colour theory will be learnt and developed with students building on prior knowledge of primary and secondary colours. Tertiary colours and how to create them will be taught alongside neat application of the media.

Spring term:

Aboriginal Art will be the project theme for this half term. Students will look at the history behind this cultural art and research how it came about and the symbols and stories behind some of the artwork. Students will create their own art piece based around this culture.

Soft pastels will be the medium used for the next project. Students will set up and draw instrumental compositions in pencil before looking at the fragmented art style of Picasso’s cubist movement.

Summer Term:

Natural forms will be explored, drawn and investigated in order for the children to create natural form inspired clay work. Students will learn how to build 3 dimensional structures out of clay and how to apply texture and pattern.

We will finish the year by drawing local landscapes and city-scapes using a variety of media representing the style of Hundertwasser. These will be dominated by detailed patterns and bright bold colour palettes.


Key Stage 3 Art

Year 7 Art:

Autumn term:

Students will look at the popular artwork of Zentanlge looking at its contrasting monochrome colour scheme and its intricate pattern designs.

Accurate colours will be mixed using different paint mediums so that children understand the theory behind colour creations. Students will be able to explain the moods that colours represent.

Spring term:

During this term students will be studying the novel Jekyll and Hyde in Literacy and in order to support this learning students will create character profiles and from this research they will design and make paper mâché masks of the characters.

Card and paper name sculptures will be created. Students will look at paper and card manipulation and artists such as Phillip Cox to inspire their work. Shape and form will be a focus for this project as well as typography.

Summer term:

Students will look at the the most influential Art movements and gain an insight into the mediums used and inspirations behind the masterpieces.

In the last term links with the Geography department will be developed as Art supports the project World as Art. Students will learn about unusual places on Earth and photos from space will be created using a variety of mixed media. This Art work will be used to illustrate the Geography written tasks carried out.


Year 8:

Throughout the year students will develop ideas and explore Art using a sketch book. Ideas, thoughts and creations will be logged in these books.

Autumn term:

Students will begin the year developing skills in new and securing skills of familiar medias. Students will use oil pastels, pencil crayons, soft pastels, charcoal, wax, inks, water colours and poster paints mixing accurate colours, tones, shades and tints alongside carrying out observational sketches of African masks to develop and demonstrate these skills. Students will develop an understanding of colour moods and theories.

Students will be introduced to different significant art movements throughout different periods of time. Media, techniques and themes will be explored and discussed asking for students to respond with their own personal responses to the art movements.

Spring term:

The proportions and layout of the human face will be taught with students creating portraits inspired by different artists such as: Lichtenstein and Picasso.

Observational pencil sketches of unhealthy snacks will be completed. Students will then create print block designs from this initial research using styrofoam. Mono prints along with coloured prints will then be created.

Summer term:

Students will be asked to create an art piece that is based around the theme of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (the Shakespeare play being studied in English lessons at this time). Students will carry out research on the theme and develop art ideas that result in a final piece of artwork produced in the media of their choice.


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