Art KS3 Year 8

Art KS3 Year 8


A: Still life and Mark Making Techniques

Pupils use a range of objects and techniques to harness their observational skills in drawing. They look at using shading techniques for observational drawing as well as using collage to enhance their observations. Annotation is key throughout pupil sketchbooks and this skill is reinforced throughout the topic.

Experimentation with a number of different materials and media allows pupils to explore shape, space, form and viewpoint. There are opportunities throughout the topic for pupils to use technology to manipulate and enhance their compositions.


B: African Masks:

This topic provides opportunity to explore spiritual and traditional influences in art. Pupils will research African cultures and record their ideas and observations in their sketch pads. Pupils will use this to inform their experiments and develop their skills and understanding.

Final pieces will show spiritual significance in their use of colour, texture, tone and pattern. In addition a photomontage is created to enable pupils to reflect and evaluate their choices.




A: Pop Art/Animating Art

Pupils will gain an awareness of the work of artists during the 50’s and 60’s pop culture and processes used. They will understand the work of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Hamilton and use paint and printing to produce their own pop culture pieces based on sweet wrapper designs.

Bold colours and prints will enable pupils to emulate the work of the pop art movement. Opportunities to create 3D pieces are also provided.

B: Figure Drawing:

Students are to be introduced to a range of artists who take the human form as the subject matter. Artists such as Niki de St Phalle, Elizabeth Frink, Henry Moore and Alberto Giacometti should be included. Students will develop figure drawings, allowing them to learn about the proportions of the human form and how to measure accurately.

They will draw a figure in a variety of media in differing positions – seated, standing and crouching. Students will use these later to inform a 3D piece of art. Students will choose an art style to develop through 2D and 3D work.



A: Patterns in Nature:

This topic enables pupils to use the natural world as their inspiration. They also explore how artists have been influenced by pattern in nature. Key elements of art such as pattern, texture, line and form are identified and evaluated. Pupils will produce their own wallpaper patterns based on their research and exploration of different artists.

Pupils will interpret pattern from plants through to camouflage. There are opportunities to use collage and traditional media as well as I Pad apps to repeat their pattern in digital form.


B: Aboriginal Design

Pupils will learn about art in other cultures. Look at the use of symbols in art to discover meanings and how they can be the basis of a design that has a narrative. Understanding of natural pigments and where they come from is also shared.

Pupils will create paintings using texture and symbols that have a narrative as well as their own didgeridoo models and boomerangs decorated in the style of aboriginal art.