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KS3 Art

Art Department KS3 Overview

Year overview KS3


Art Department KS3 Standards

Please click the links below to view the KS3 Art Department standards:

Year 7 Standards

Year 8 Standards

Year 9 Standards

Art Department Program of Study

Year 7 Program of study

Stage 1: September to end of October

Baseline assessment, learning about some of the Formal Elements, the building blocks of art,

Tone, Line, Colour, Space, Shape, Pattern, Texture, Form.

Studying the work of a wide range of artists, often chosen by students.

Stage 2: November to February

Numeracy project in conjunction with the maths department. Learning about tessellation, shape, colour, structure and form. Using mathematical learning to support creative visualisation and making. Studying the work of M.C. Escher, Victor Vasarely, Liza Lou, Dame Bridget Riley and Odili Donald Odita.

Stage 3: March to July

Three dimensional colour

Learning to work in two and three dimensions using colour as the main subject.

Studying the work of Vassily Kandinsky, Juan Miro, Alexander Calder, Sir Antony Caro, Anish Kapoor, Yayoy Kusama, and Judy Chicago.

Colour Comparison Alley

Year 8 Program of study

Stage 1: September to February

Me, Myself, I! Self-portraiture.

Learning to work with a wide variety of media, including photography, mobile phone technologies, observational drawing, measuring, collage, montage, colour and monochrome.

Studying various artists, including the work of T.S. Abe, Vincent van Gogh, Jenny Saville, Frank Auerbach, Lucien Freud, Cindy Sherman, Kylli Sparre and Aliza Razell.

Stage 2: March to July

Human forms in 3D                                                                                   

Developing the learning experience of the ‘Me Myself I’ project into three dimensions, looking at whole and part human forms.

Working with resist and relief media, as well as card, papier mache and wire structures.                                                                         

Studying the work of Naum Gabo, Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, Henry Moore and Marisol Escobar.

Tone Comparison Alley

Year 8 Constructivist Heads Project 2015

Pupils studied Naum Gabo Sculptures, they then went on to design and make their own heads using card, paint and dry brushing techiniques.

You can view a video of their work here:

Year 9 Program of study


Through independent research, students choose a conflict or issue that matters to them. The issue can be personal, sociological, belief based, psychological, local, global, national, political or ecological.

Students learn about the art work commemorating the tragedy of the Holocaust and other important aspects of conflict.

Students study the work of the German Expressionists, learning about the European political climate between the world wars.

Students learn about more contemporary artwork dealing with issues and conflicts.

Students experiment with resist techniques, printmaking, portraiture, graphic communication and 3D structures. They develop their research, presentation and communication skills. They also develop their use of oil pastel, painting and use of text and image. The further development of specific skills is driven by each individual student.  

Through a series of technical challenges and specific skills experiments, students develop their own work, expressing their feelings about their chosen issue. Only dependent on resources, the work created can develop in any direction,  as students progress the work through using the best possible media.

Stage 1: September to December

Researching conflict. Learning to use resist oil and paint techniques. Working with lino cutting and printmaking. Working with black and white graphic media. Learning about the German Expressionists including Erick Heckel, Marianne von Werefkin, Gabriele Munter, Vassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde, and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff.

Stage 2: January to April

Introduction to GCSE Art and the options available within the art department. Trial lessons for the three options, Art & Design, Fine Art and Photography.

Development of the theme for their personal response to conflict. Experimentation with 3D elements, using card, wire and papier mache.

Stage 3: April to July

Development and completion of their own response to conflict. Further research about chosen artists that support their ideas or themes. Presentation of this research and of the final piece of work to their peers.

The use of media and techniques is student selected and student chosen for appropriateness to the task and the completion of planned outcomes.

Throughout this project, students research, present, collect and experiment in their sketchbooks. This use of sketchbooks is also in preparation for the GCSE course.

Expressionism Comparison Alley


Expressionist Faces


@Arty Teacher:  Artists by theme. Art Resources for Art Teachers and Art Students.  (Try searching using the Categories listed on the website.  Click on any image to go to the TES website) 

Improve your Literacy

Click on the link below and make sure you can spell the words and understand their meanings:

Art Words