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Art & Design KS3 Curriculum

Curriculum Intent 

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Themes(knowledge & understanding)
  • The Elements of Art
  • Observational drawing
  • Design process to develop ideas
  • Analysis of artists, craftspeople and designers, both historical and contemporary
  • Successful handling of a variety of materials

The successful use of a wide variety of mediums and techniques for different purposes and intentions:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Print making
  • Sculpture
  • Clay
  • Colouring pencil
  • Mixed media

Modules Taught

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9

Observational Drawing Project
Developing understanding of the Elements of Art to create observational drawings using graphite

Endangered Animals Project
Developing understanding of colour theory, composition and mixed media to create a large scale artwork celebrating an endangered animal of each students choice

Bird Sculpture Project
Developing understanding of applying the Elements of Art to create zentangle patterns. Analysing the work of Abby Diamond to create 3D mixed media zentangle bird sculptures


Natural Forms Clay Pot Project
Developing understanding of the creative design process and taking inspiration from contemporary ceramicists to create a clay pot exploring a Natural Forms theme of each students choice

Print Making Pattern Project
Developing understanding of the printmaking process through exploring and taking inspiration from repeated patterns of a variety of cultural traditions

Sweets Project
Developing understanding of observational painting skills through analysing and taking inspiration from the work of Sarah Graham to create large scale watercolour and oil pastel sweet compositions




Identity Portrait Project
Developing understanding of using accurate proportion, shape, form and tone to create portraits. Taking inspiration from contemporary identity artists Noni Cragg and Kehinde Wiley to create a personal identity portrait using mixed media

Abstraction Project 
Developing understanding of Abstraction as a form of self-expression and taking inspiration from a range of Abstraction painters to create a large scale Abstract painting portraying an emotion of students choice












  • Summative assessment of individual projects, using the following assessment objectives:
  • Assessment Objective 1 - Development of Ideas
  • Assessment Objective 2 - Creativity
  • Assessment Objective 3 - Technique
  • 3 x IPM assessments throughout year, linked with timing of each project completion
  • Formative assessment of in progress sketchbook and final piece creation
  • Continuous one to one verbal feedback in lessons 
  • Peer and self-assessment in lessons

Stretch & Challenge

  • Initiative challenges embedded into every project
  • Stretch and challenge activities embedded into every project
  • Outside of school gallery visits encouraged

Enrichment Opportunities

  • KS3 Art club – carousel of materials per half term
  • Year 9 stretch club
  • Visiting artists
  • Gallery visits
  • Art competitions through the year