What will I be learning about in Year 7?

In Year 7 you will be introduced to lots of new materials and techniques, including drawing, painting, printing, textiles, resistant materials (wood and acrylic), sculpture and design, skills that you will build on and develop throughout the year.  You will be introduced to contemporary and classical artists, designers and design movements and learn how to independently analyse their work.  This will give you an excellent understanding of art history.

Art & Design

You will begin with an introduction to Art and Design where you will have the opportunity to learn and develop a wide range of skills and techniques. A series of experimental activities will focus on the formal elements of line, tone, form, colour, mark making and texture.  Later in the year you will design and make a totem pole using 3D media to develop spatial, decorative and design skills or investigate the local area through collage, print and textiles.

Design & Technology

In Design & Technology you will work through different projects to learn about a range of materials while learning about designers and the world of design. The first project is a graphics project, in which you have to design and make a card based toy aimed at a specific target market. Other projects include a Memphis inspired plastic clock, a wooden passive amplifier and a CAD/CAM based project.

How will it be different from primary school?

You will be taught challenging, exciting and experimental AD&T lessons by specialist teachers for 2 hours a week. This means you will be taught to use a wide variety of materials that you may never have come across before and you will be given the opportunity to use a range of machinery and hand tools.  You will have the time to use and develop your AD&T skills and experiment with new ideas; to let your imagination run wild.  You will be working independently and in groups; your lessons will include lots of different games and activities to appeal to all of you.

There are lots of fantastic Art, Design & Technology additional learning opportunities that you can begin to look forward to. The Big Draw is a week-long event held in school during your AD&T lessons.  We will invite lots of different artists and designers into your lessons to deliver workshops, ranging from chocolate bar packaging (you even get to eat the chocolate!) to illustration and 3D printing! We also hold a series of primary school workshops which you might be lucky enough to help us deliver, and a number of trips during which you will take part in artist and designer workshops.  

Who will my teachers be?

You may have one of the following teachers:

Mr. Pearson
Mr. Naylor
Ms. Ashraf
Ms. Clarke
Ms. Au
Ms. Patel

You can find out more about them in the ‘Who will my teachers be?’ section.

How will I be assessed?

At the beginning of Year 7, we will assess a piece of work, this will assess your drawing, painting, sculpture and design skills so we can gain an idea of what your strengths in Art & DT are, and what we need to focus on.

At the end of every half term we will assess your work to date, so we can identify your strengths and areas to work on.  We will assess your design and making skills, your drawing, painting and printing skills and your sculpture skills.  You will receive a level every half term and you will have time to reflect on this and think about what you need to do to make further progress.

Towards the end of the year, you will sit a practical assessment in lesson time, so we can see your overall progress for the year.

What can I do to help myself get off to an excellent start?

Practice your observational drawing at home, this will help you better understand line, tone and depiction of shape and form.  Challenge yourself to experiment with lots of different mediums. Here are some ideas but I am sure you can think of many more: acrylic paint, thread, charcoal, oil pastels and collage.  See if you can invent and make a new product, you might even want to bring it to school in September!

Try to visit some galleries and exhibitions in the summer holidays and discover which artists and designers you really like.  Challenge yourself to find out five facts about the artists and designers you have discovered, ready to dazzle your art and design technology teachers with!

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