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Curriculum: Art Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3 we ensure students are always learning something new and developing new skills. They will work on several projects each year, from a range of inspirational starting points.

The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

The curriculum encourages students to explore, experiment, develop ideas and produce final outcomes, working both independently and with others. Our excellent facilities enable us to offer a broad curriculum, developing a wide range of skills. These facilities include: specialist art studios, a kiln room, dark room and multi-media digital room.

In Year 7 students begin the year doing a series of baseline assessment tasks which focus on the formal elements of line, tone, colour and markmaking. They also develop their skills in colour mixing, shading and how to use tools to create marks.

Students then go on to apply these skills in a project inspired by the architect Gaudi or the artist Rex Ray, focussing on how their works have been informed by natural forms. 2D skills are further developed and the project culminates in a final outcome that students design and create themselves.

The first task in Year 8 is the African Mask project where students develop their drawing skills and explore a variety of drawing methods to record masks. They then focus on African patterns and explore processes such as collage and printing to develop their own patterns. This project further allows students to develop their 3D skills and gain experience in working with clay or card to produce a final mask.

Later in the year students work on a project about everyday objects with an emphasis on looking at the way the artist Michael Craig Martin works and understanding his style. Students develop their observation skills and work in a variety of 2D media. This project moves into Pop Art where students focus on developing 2D work based around onomatopoeia words and matching objects. Students complete the project by using their own ideas to design and make a comic strip painting.

Across the course of KS3 students learn about how to use professional artists to inform their own work, how to mix and apply colour and how to develop their observational skills. They improved their art vocabulary, learn how to use and apply 2D and 3D materials and how to talk about their own and other artist's work.

Additional information is available here:

Further enquiries should be sent to

Ms N Dalby - Head of Art

Richard Lander School