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Year 7


Year 7

Students will be taught one of the following projects each term but it may differ for each class. Over the year they will complete several of the projects. 

The Face

Students explore the face as a starting point.  They create images of themselves from memory, observation and imagination.  They develop skills using traditional materials and processes and have the opportunity to explore drawing and painting as well as producing clay masks and printmaking.

Students learn about the ideas, methods and approaches used by other artists who have made images of themselves and/or portrayed others.

Natural Forms

Students explore natural forms as a starting point.  They develop their observational skills whilst experimenting and exploring a number of traditional and new materials.  They look at the work of Graham Sutherland and Henry Moore and form an understanding of line and the various techniques employed to use it effectively.

Students are then introduced to Poems and characters from films linked with trees.  From this the students use their own imagination to create their own tree beard character initiating from a log drawing.

Further activities may involve, printmaking, collage, ceramics and/or mixed media sculptures.

Architecture and Buildings

Students explore the architecture of both Gaudi and Ely Cathedral as a starting point. They will make observed drawings from photographs and then move on to producing imaginative designs for different house facades using both Gaudi and Ely Cathedral as their source of inspiration. They will then go on to make their chosen design as a clay or cardboard relief façade, exploring texture and modelling techniques.


Students explore colour theory, learning how to mix secondary and tertiary colours.

Cross Curricular Project


Working in collaboration with RE and Drama; students will design and create ceramic Diva lights to be used in the short production they will take part in Drama having understood the story and origins of the Hindu “Divali” Festival.

Students will explore “Rangoli” patterns and produce clay wrap round forms which they will decorate with Pierced work rangoli patterns.  Once these are fired they will then paint using relevant Hindu colours.


Classwork and Homework  will be marked on a fortnightly basis and final pieces within each project will be marked with a comment and target along with a national curriculum level.


Homework for Art is set once a fortnight.

Here are examples of homeworks which may be set but these are subject to change:


Homework 1

Find 3 pictures of Ely Cathedral and stick in your sketchbook. Write a description of each of your chosen images. You must write more than 2 sentences for each.

Homework 2

Research the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. Write 5 facts about him. Print off a picture of one of his buildings and write a description of that building.

Homework 3

Glue in an image of an interesting doorway and copy it as accurately as possible to fill the rest of the page. Add colour.

Homework 4

Using your previous homework doorway image adapt the left-hand side in a Cathedral style and the right-hand side in Gaudi style (tonal drawings in pencil).


Homework 1

Collect leaves and press them between heavy books to flatten. Collect pictures of natural objects such as fruit, vegetables and tree bark.

Bring the leaves and pictures to your next Art lesson.

Homework 2

Using a wax crayon or the side of a pencil make a rubbing from a tree trunk onto A4 paper (it will need to be thin paper).

Homework 3

Make half cup of strong coffee. Use a twig as your ‘pen’ and dip this into the coffee as your ‘ink’. Look carefully at a tree or plant and draw this using the twig and coffee. Make sure you include lots of detail. Protect your clothes to avoid staining.

You must use at least one of the following techniques:

cross hatching, pointillism or continuous line.

Homework 4

Draw the same tree or plant using a pencil, this time you must also use your imagination to make all or part of the plant / tree look half human.

(like the ‘Tree Beard’ characters in Lord of the Rings)

You must use at least one of the following techniques:

cross hatching, pointillism or continuous line.


Homework 1


Using the template created in class fill each section of your colour wheel with appropriate coloured collage.  You must glue on all your colour collage pieces.  (Magazine, tissue paper, sweet wrappers, food packets, coloured paper)


Homework 1

Find an example of an artist’s Self-Portrait.  Print it out or photocopy it from a book and glue into your sketchbook with the artists name, title of the image and the date it was produced.

Write what you see in the image and your opinion of it. Add some information about the artist.


Homework 2

Find an image of a famous person and copy it.


Homework 3

Draw 4 small portraits under the headings of: evil, scared, happy and confused.

Add coloured pencil.


Homework 5

Fill 2 pages at least with information about masks. Include images and facts about each one. Add what you think of the masks, e.g. how do they make you feel and what might they be used for.



Homework 1

Create a visually interesting page in your sketchbook containing imagery and written information about the “Divali Festival”.


Homework 2

Fill your page with Rangoli patterns. Add colour.


Homework 3

Design an alternative “Divali” light in a different form to the one you have made in class and include “Rangoli” style patterns on its surface.  Colour using coloured pencils.