Year 7

Curriculum Area: Art


Overview of Course Content

Description of activities

During the year 7 course students will develop a range of skills including:

  • Drawing, mixed media  and 2D work
  • Exploring formal elements of art 
  • Research and analysis of a range of artists
  • Developing an idea from a starting point using contextual references
  • Presentation of work
  • Creating individual and creative responses to a theme

Half Term


Overview of assessment

Autumn 1


First project:

Students will be introduced to tone, form and mark making using pencil and pen through the observational piece of work based in shoes.

Second Project:

Students will go through colour theory and pattern by researching  Pattern based artists to develop skills using a range of materials used commonly in art.  Supportive artist Beatrice Milhaze, Kandinsky, Ruth Piper and Naomi Ocean using materials such as colour pencil, oil pastel and water colour.


Assessment task

Produce a tonal drawing of a shoe.

Assessment task

Working in the style of an artist

Produce a piece of work in the style of Milhaze using watercolours.

Autumn 2



Students develop and plan ideas for a final pattern design. Students are shown repetition, rotation and reflection of patterns to further ideas.

Students produce their final response using their planning and research.

Assessment task

Design a pattern using research

Reflect on artists studied and images gathered for Homelearning to create an original pattern.

Assessment task

Produce a final pattern inspired piece

Create a repeated, rotated, reflected print using your own design.

Spring 1

Third Project begins:

Students will develop skills in composition composing an interesting still life as well as refining skills using pencil and develop skills using collage. Supportive artist M.C Escher and Derek Gores will be studied and techniques will be used to refine their still life using materials such as pencil, oil pastel and collage.

Assessment task

Working in the style of artist M.C Escher

Produce a page inspired by the using pencil.

Assessment task

Create a tonal study of everyday objects

Produce a tonal drawing of everyday objects.

Spring 2

Students will use skills learnt at start of project to set up and create a still life study using tonal skills and collage to produce a large scale piece.

Assessment task

Create a still life study of everyday objects

Produce an overlapping drawing of everyday objects.  

Summer 1

Fourth Project begins:

Observational drawing skills are developed as student learn how to accurately draw a portrait through a self-portrait study.

Students research Portrait supportive artists Marten Jansen, and Modigliani using mixed media approaches.

Assessment task

Create a self portrait

Produce a self-portrait using the correct proportions.

Assessment task

Working in the style of an artist

Produce a piece of work in the style of Marten Jansen using oil pastels.

Summer 2

Students plan and develop idea for their self-portrait piece based on artist Chuck Close.

Students produce final response to Portrait project.

Assessment task

Produce an original self-portrait in the style of Chuck Close.