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Year 8


Year 8

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. 

Animals in Art

Students explore the use of animals in art.  They create accurate observed drawings of animals and/or mythical creatures which lead to the creation of a 3D animal in clay.  They look at the work of Henri Rousseau and develop their own compositions of a jungle scene having studied the shape and detail of flowers and plants. They learn about Foreground, Middle-ground and Background.

Once their own jungle composition is drawn, they look carefully at the use of colour and detail to create variation and depth.

The Human Figure

Students explore the human figure.  They gain an understanding of proportions and joints by drawing from real life.  Having studied accurately proportioned figures the students analyse fashion figures and recognise that they are instead elongated and exaggerated.

Looking at contemporary Japanese Fashions students draw their own fashion figures and clothe them in the contemporary designs studied. Once drawn they carefully recreate the colours using mosaic style collage.

Emphasizing Form Through Tone

Students explore tone whilst studying still-life.  They gain an understanding of tonal effects and colour families. The students develop the skills to create the illusion of 3D form on a flat surface by using changes in value.  They understand how to create dramatic and subtle changes in value having investigated shading techniques such as hatching, cross-hatching, stippling, scribbling and blending. They will then move into monochromatic studies having investigated gradated scales of tints and shades.

Matisse and Klimt

Combining figure drawing from life and artist’s figure studies from secondary sources students will study the use of pattern and colour in the figurative work of Matisse and Klimt.  The project aims to introduce the concept of simplification of form and composition through the use of mixed media, colour and pattern.


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.



Homework 1

      Divide your page into 4. Label sections: Lizard scales, fish scales, fur, feathers.

      Draw a section of each skin quality as if enlarged under a magnifying glass to fill

      its  labelled section.  Colour using coloured pencil.


Homework 2

      Create 3 photomontage combined creatures using images sourced from the

      internet or magazines chopped up and rearranged.  Give your animal a name and

      write a short profile about it.  E.g. where it lives, what it eats, special qualities it

      has etc.


Homework 3

      Find a piece of 3D artwork of an animal.  Print out/photocopy picture and glue into

      sketchbook.  Label with artists name, title and date produced.  Write some

      information about the artist.


Homework 4

      Using the keywords – “pinch-pot, hollow, score and slip, modelling”, show how 

      you made your clay animal in a cartoon strip.


Homework 5

      Create a brainstorm of the word “Jungle”. Consider presentation and make it

      visually interesting.


Homework 6

      Draw a selection of leaf shapes (at least 4) to fill your page and add colour to 2 of

      them, shade the others with pencil only.


Homework 7

      Find an image of a Henri Rousseau Jungle painting.  Glue into sketchbook,   

      write about what you see within the painting and what you think of the picture.   

      Add in at least 5 facts about Henri Rousseau.


Homework 8



       Make up a short story from looking at the Henri Rousseau jungle painting you

       collected for your previous homework. Write up in book.


Homework 1

Draw a Circle, Pyramid and Cube shape and then shade them in as if light were shining on them from one side. Complete one with pencil the other two with biro, one in cross-hatching and the other in scribbling.

Homework 2

Draw a cylindrical object to fill your page and shade using pencil only so that your object appears 3 dimensional.  Use curved shading and imagine the light is shining from one side.

Homework 3

Draw out 4 rectangles on your page using coloured pencils, create 4 different colour gradations. One must use only 1 colour, one must be a colour mix of 2 colours combined as an optical mix and the final one must be a darker colour gradually changing into a different but lighter colour.

Homework 4

Find an example of a Monochrome painting, glue in an example and write about it in your own words. Its mood, the choice of colour, the topic, your own opinion of it etc.


Homework 1

Ask a family member to pose for you in 3 different positions, then as you have done in class draw the figure in the 3 different positions. Do not draw detail, simplify the figure into shapes. Focus on correct number of shapes and joints.

Homework 3

Research Giacometti in preparation for next lesson. Print a picture of a Giacometti figure sculpture and stick in sketchbook.

Read your research and re write it in your own words. Who is he?, Where is he from, When? What did he do? What is your opinion of his work? Do you like it? Why?

Homework 4

Draw a figure in a fashion pose and design your own clothes onto it. You must choose a theme for the clothes e.g. nature or party. Make sure you write what your theme is and make notes explaining how the clothing relates to the theme.


Homework 1

30 minute life drawing of family member/peer

Homework 2

Research the artist Gustav Klimt, include one full page of colour Klimt figure images, plus 5 artist facts.

Homework 3

Collect metallic and brightly coloured collage resources, tin foil, sweet wrappers, stickers, metallic pens for Klimt background.