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Year 7

Autumn Term – Basic Drawing Skills and Prehistoric Art

Students will explore seven formal elements in art: tone, line, colour, pattern, texture, shape, and form. Students will learn how to use the elements within their artwork, initially in a still-life drawing, and then through experimenting with a range of different materials and techniques. These elements will also underpin their future projects and will be built on over time as students work through the key stage 3 curriculum which begins with the creation of pre-historic artwork.

Spring Term – Colour and Abstract Art

Students are taught colour theory which is crucial knowledge for future projects as they work through the curriculum. They will also understand what Abstract Art is and recognise the work of Wassily Kandinsky. Students will consider their positive personality traits and use these to create their own piece of artwork inspired by Kandinsky and their own imagination.

Summer Term – Bauhaus and Pop Art

Starting with two specific briefs relating to two art movements, students will explore artists, designers, and crafts people. Students will learn about the Bauhaus and design a Bauhaus inspired poster to promote and advertise the school’s celebration evening later in the summer term. Using their research as inspiration, they will develop their ideas through drawing and material experimentation, ending with an outcome that fulfils the initial brief. This project will give students a taste of a working artist’s processes and an understanding of what a commission may involve in the business world.

Year 8

Autumn Term – Basic Drawing Skills and Beautiful Bugs

Students will continue to explore the seven formal elements in art: tone, line, colour, pattern, texture, shape and form which underpinned year 7 work. Students will continue to apply the elements within their artwork, initially in a still-life drawing, and then experiment with a range of different materials and techniques to create bug illustrations. Students will continue to explore artists, designers and crafts people and to use their knowledge, skill, and imagination to design a ceramic bug from their observational work. This project is to give students a knowledge of contemporary working artist’s and how they earn a living from their artistic talents.

Spring Term – Beautiful Bugs

As a continuation from their work in the spring term pupils will make a ceramic bug, inspired by their drawings and bug design last term. Students are taught the different stages of clay and construction techniques. They will then apply their knowledge of colour theory from year 7 to complete their bug creations.

Summer Term – Architecture

Students will look at artists, designers, and crafts people which will include two cubist artists and Antoni Gaudi’s architecture. Using drawing and material experimentation, students will be guided to create a personal response inspired by Cubism and the work of Gaudi.

Year 9

Autumn Term – Basic Drawing Skills and Structures

Students will continue to explore the seven formal elements in art: tone, line, colour, pattern, texture, shape and form which follows on from the learning done in year 7 and 8. Students will continue to apply the elements within their artwork, initially in a still-life drawing, and then experimentation with chalk and graphite to create an industrial style work inspired by a local landmark, the Ironbridge. Students will also produce artwork in the style of a contemporary artist, Ian Murphy. This will give students the knowledge of a contemporary working artist who earns a living from their talent.

Building on the clay work from year 8 students will also produce an industrial relief clay slab applying their knowledge and skills. They will then increase their knowledge of ceramics by applying oxides, glazes and frit glass to decorate their clay tilework.

Spring Term – Structures

As a continuation from their work in the autumn term, students will be inspired to make a relief piece of artwork, which will combine their knowledge of the Ironbridge and Ian Murphy. Over several lessons students will be taught how to use a wide range of different materials and new processes. This will give students the necessary knowledge and skills to complete the task whilst applying the formal elements of art.

Summer Term – Street Art

Students will study the artwork of Banksy and discussing the underlying messages behind his work which are linked to current affairs. They will also learn about a contemporary artist called Jon Burgerman who overcame rejection to become a professional artist who now earns a living from his successful art business. Students will produce a personal outcome based on their interests in the style of Jon Burgerman.

Year 10

Students will use their knowledge and skills from KS3 when starting their OCR coursework project (60% of their overall grade). Initially, students will be guided through different tasks before working independently to build up their portfolio of work. This will be based around the theme of Self-Identity (Me, Myself and I) focussing on the Assessment Objectives (AO1, AO2, AO3 and A04).


AO1:    Develop ideas through investigation, demonstrating critical understanding of sources 

            (Collect ideas and explore artists work to help inspire their own work).

            (30 marks)


AO2:    Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media,    

             materials, techniques and processes.

            (Experiment with various media and techniques to help improve their skills and visual 


            (30 marks)


AO3:    Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.

            (Show a clear journey throughout their chosen theme by producing observations, reflecting

            and evaluating).

            (30 marks)


AO4:    Present a personal response and meaningful response that realises intentions and  

            demonstrates understanding of visual language.

            (Complete a relevant and intentional final piece that shows a journey through their  


            (30 marks)


Autumn Term – Mood Board, Artistic Research and Photography

Students will learn how and where to begin a project building on their knowledge and skills from the key stage 3 curriculum. Photography forms an integral part of the development of ideas and students are encouraged to use their own images in their portfolio (AO3). During the art course students will be encouraged to research and be inspired by the work of different artists and will produce an effective research page (AO1 and AO2). They will learn to analyse and interpret traditional artist and contemporary artist during the project (AO1 and AO2) and will create a Joiner piece of artwork in the style of David Hockney (AO3).

Spring Term – Recording skills: Drawing of a personal item, proportions of the face, eye drawing and Julian Opie portrait, lino, print and clay work

Students will develop their recording skills (AO3). They will draw from primary and secondary sources by learning the correct proportions of the face and how to draw the main features. Students will also apply tone and detail to make their drawing look realistic. Students will learn about the work of Julian Opie and produce a painted portrait and reductive lino print inspired by his work (AO2, AO3).

Summer Term – Hand, mobile phone, composition, mapwork, final outcome ideas, artist research, materials and processes.

Students will continue to develop their knowledge and skills completing a number of teacher led tasks, including drawing activities and collage (AO3). Exploration through drawing (AO3) and material experimentation (AO2), students work independently towards creating a personal response on the theme of Self-Identity (Me, Myself and I) (AO4).

Year 11

The Autumn term is used to continue and refine their portfolio coursework. Students will finish their final piece of artwork which will include inspiration from their development of ideas (AO1, AO3) and the refinement of their materials and processes (AO2, AO4).

In the Spring term of Year 11, students are issued with the GCSE Art exam paper and are given a choice of five themes, and they will choose one to work from. This is developed over a 10-week period, followed by a 10-hour exam (split over two days). This will make up the remaining 40% of their overall grade.

Extra-curricular Activities

Throughout the year Art club runs on a Tuesday for all pupils to support and develop their interest in Art throughout their time at the Telford Langley School. GCSE sessions run concurrently and are available to help support students with their coursework and exam projects where they can access more specialist materials and equipment.

N Gregory, Subject Leader for Art and Design