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: 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: 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

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: SURREALISM

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

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

Key Stage 4 Art Curriculum

 UNIT 1: PORTRAITS

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

Art history:  Frida Kahlo, Romanesque & Gothic

UNIT 2 Mock Exam

UNIT 3: Externally set exam

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 6 units

  1. Observational drawing
  2. Photoshop compositions
  3. Me, Myself and I / Identity
  4. Critical and contextual
  5. Mock exam (old AQA paper)
  6. Externally set exam (AQA)