Turing House
KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 8 Art
Term 1Still Life 
Students will be introduced to Still Life. They will look at traditional approaches to still life by the artists Giorgio Morandi, Van Gogh and Cezanne as well as more contemporary approaches by Michael Craig Martin and Patrick Caulfield. Students will explore composition in depth, and experiment with both drawing and photographing objects in a variety of composition styles. To further improve the development of their drawing skills, students will also explore a variety of drawing materials such as graphite, charcoal, print and paint.
Assessment: Students will be assessed on work created in sketchbooks; this leads to a final piece that will be created next term.Key Words and Terms
Term 2Still Life - Continued 
Students can use knowledge gained in the first half of the unit to create their own still life. Students will be required to set up their own still life, photograph this and create a final piece: a mixed media still life using skills learnt in Art over the project.
Assessment: Complete a still life mixed media composition.Key Words and Terms
Term 3Portraiture and Identity  
Students will continue to develop their knowledge and skills learnt in the Year 7 unit of work exploring portraiture and will develop this further to create more advanced portraits and skull drawings. Pupils will investigate the theme of identity and will look at a variety of artists that have used different media to explore their identity. They will develop realistic pencil drawings, ink and wash, collage and paint, before developing individual pieces based on their own identity, based on the artists they have studied.
Assessment: Students will be assessed on the work completed in their sketchbooks.Key Words and Terms
Term 4Portraiture and Identity - Continued  
Students will explore the culture of Mexico and look at the work of the artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Students will research and develop a variety of Mexican patterns and shapes. Students will then apply their skills learnt in portraiture and knowledge of Mexican art to create a decorative skull design, incorporating symbolism that reflects their own identity. The designs will be painted in bright, vivid colours that reflect the Mexican festival of Day of the Dead, and the work of Frida Kahlo.
Assessment: A completed Day of the Dead skull design. The skull will be painted in patterns and designs that reflect Mexican culture, and in particular the work of Frida Kahlo.Key Words and Terms
Term 5Exquisite Corpse 
Students will explore their creativity and imagination in this unit of work. They will develop knowledge of the Art movement of Surrealism, and look in depth at the artists Salvador Dali and Renee Magritte. Students will complete second hand observation studies of animals, using either photographs the students have taken of their pets, or images of animals found on the internet. Students will explore mark making techniques and look at how to create animal textures in paper, pen and pencil. Students will look at the process of creating an exquisite corpse, and will experiment with morphing and combining imagery to create their own exquisite corpse.
Assessment: Pencil drawn mythical animal.Key Words and Terms
Term 6Exquisite Corpse - Continued 
Students will experiment with a variety of paper cutting techniques, trying to recreate the animal textures drawn in the first part of the unit. They will then develop this further to create a final piece, which will be a mythical animal created using just black and white paper and a craft knife.
Assessment: Completed papercut mythical animal.Key Words and Terms