Art (Year 7)

Course overview – Year 7

Students begin KS3 by studying key skills in colour, shape and tone. During Year 7 students
develop their watercolour painting skills and tonal drawing using colour pencil by practicing effective
blending and mixing. Students apply these key skills to sketching from direct observation as well as
from secondary sources in subjects such as nature and man-made still life. Students are
introduced to significant artists such as Modigliani, Van Gogh and Picasso through contextual
studies allowing them to form critical opinions. Throughout the year students will complete formal
drawing assessments working up a pyramid of skills theory.

  • Encourage your child to record visual experiences through drawing, taking photographs,
    gathering images and keeping them in a scrapbook.
  • Encourage your child to do various craft activities to improve and develop fine motor skills,
    control, confidence and competence.
  • You could take your child to visit art galleries, sculpture parks and museums.
  • Encourage your child to find out about various artists and designers.
  • Encourage your child to experience and take part in festivals and celebrations.
  • Encourage your child to watch television programmes related to art, design and craft, e.g. Art
  • Encourage your child to use ICT, where possible, with his/her art work.
  • Encourage your child to evaluate their work, discussing strengths and weaknesses with you and
    how it could be modified or improved.
  • Encourage your child to participate in decorating decisions around the home.
  • Encourage your child to build up a visual language vocabulary e.g. line, shape, tone, form,
    pattern, texture, dimension, etc.
  • Encourage your child to appreciate the wide diversity within Art and Design e.g. painting,
    sculpture, architecture, furniture design, stained glass, graphic design, animation, weaving,
    pottery, stage designs, advertising, interior design, etc.

Useful Links

Leeds Art Gallery –
Visitor information, what’s on guide, images and details about exhibitions.

Saatchi Gallery and Online –
Information, exhibitions, a video tour, gallery listings and more.

Tate Online –
Information on the four art galleries housing the UK’s collection of British art from 1500 and of
international modern art.