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Art at Michaela

Year 7 Art Curriculum at Michaela 

UNIT 1:  CORE SKILLS AND COLOUR THEORY

  • Concepts: Form, tone, texture, colour theory
  • Methods and techniques: Grid, co-ordinates, view finder, mark-making
  • Media: 2B pencil, chalk and charcoal

Art history: Story of Art, Ancient & Medieval art

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 UNIT 2:  LANDSCAPES

  • Concepts: Perspective, structures of a landscape, composition
  • Methods and techniques: Application and techniques of painting, tints, tones, shades
  • Media: 2B pencil, colouring pencils, oil pastel, pen, ready mixed paints

 Art history: Impressionism and post-Impressionism

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 UNIT 3: PORTRAITS

  • Concepts: Portraiture, self-portrait, symbolism, symmetry
  • Methods and techniques: Grid, tone, texture, colour mixing
  • Media: 2B pencil, chalk & charcoal, water colour paint

Art history:  Frida Kahlo, Romanesque & Gothic

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UNIT 4: STILL LIFE

  • Concepts: Composition, symbolism, scale, form
  • Methods and techniques: Enlarging, reducing, collage, observational drawing
  • Media: 2B pencil, pen, paint, paper

Art history:  Dutch Golden Age, Michael Craig Martin,

Year 8 Art Curriculum at Michaela

UNIT 1: NATURAL FORMS

  • Concepts: Scale, form, tone, texture,
  • Methods and techniques: Grid, co-ordinates, view finder, mark-making, observational drawing
  • Media: 2B pencil, chalk & charcoal, oil pastel, water colour paint

 Art history: Story of Art (definitions), Abstract art, American Modernism, Georgia O’Keeffe

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 UNIT 2: NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON

  • Concepts: Composition, harmonizing, contrasting
  • Methods and techniques: Collage, blending
  • Media: 2B pencil, colouring pencil, paint

 Art history: National Gallery (paintings from the mid-13th century – 1900), Botticelli, Velázquez, JMW Turner

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 UNIT 3: CUBISM

  • Concepts: Composition, analytic, synthetic, harmonizing, contrasting
  • Methods and techniques: Collage, blending, fragmenting, constructing
  • Media: 2B pencil, colouring pencil, collage, chalk and charcoal

 Art history: Cubism, Pablo Picasso

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  UNIT 4: POP ART / CONFLICT

  • Concepts: Composition, contrast, geometric,
  • Methods and techniques: Collage, layering, optical illusions
  • Media: 2B pencil, mixed media, pen, paint

 Art history: Pop Art, Patrick Caulfield, Romanticism, Neo-Classicism

Year 9 Art Curriculum at Michaela

UNIT 1: THE BODY

  • Concepts: Proportions of the body, features, movement
  • Methods and techniques: Observational drawing
  • Media: 2B pencil, chalk and charcoal, pen, watercolour paint

 Art history: Story of Art (definitions) recap, Leonardo da Vinci

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UNIT 2: DUTCH REALISM / RENAISSANCE

  • Concepts: Composition, perspective, sfumato, chiaroscuro, cangiante, unione
  • Methods and techniques: Blending, colour mixing, contrasting, colour mixing, application techniques
  • Media: 2B pencil, powder paint, acrylic paint, chalk pastel

 Art history:  Early Renaissance, Rembrandt, Vermeer

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UNIT 3: PRINTING / ANIMALS

  • Concepts: Contrast, silhouette, texture, exploration
  • Methods and techniques: Development of ideas, Lino printing, sgraffito, etching
  • Media: 2B pencil, oil pastel, printing equipment & materials

 Art history:  Ernst Haeckel, William Morris, Realism

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 UNIT 4: SURREALISM

  • Concepts: Composition, perspective, juxtaposing, repetition, distortion
  • Methods and techniques: PaintShop Pro skills, development of ideas, exploration and experimentation of media to suit ideas.
  • Media: PaintShop Pro, 2B pencil, colouring pencil, acrylic paint

 Art history:  Dada, Surrealism, Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte

Key Stage 4 Art Curriculum

Pupils build on the skills secured in KS3 and work independently and creatively to produce a final portfolio and prepare for the final exam.

The GCSE is comprised of 8 units

  1. Observational drawing
  2. Paintshop Pro 8 compositions
  3. Surrealism
  4. Me, Myself and I / Identity
  5. Close Up
  6. Critical and contextual
  7. Mock exam (old AQA paper)
  8. 8. Externally set exam (AQA)

If you would like to find out more about the Art curriculum, please email info@mcsbrent.co.uk