Year 8

Year 8 Curriculum Plan – Art

Curriculum Area: Art and Design


Overview of Course Content

During the year 8 course students will develop a range of skills including:

  • Drawing, mixed media  and 2D work
  • 3D work and print making (safety using lino cutting tools)
  • 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
  • Refine tonal and observational skills
  • Working on large scale


Half Term


Overview of assessment

Autumn 1


First project:

Exploration of the cycle used in art and development of how to come up with ideas based on a topic.

Students will then refine observation skills by setting up every day object compositions based on findings from their analysis. Close up studies created in black and white and in colour will be the basis for a reduction print plan. Supporting artist Pablo Picasso and George Braque will be studied to see how a composition can be abstracted.


 Assessment task


Produce a tonal close drawing of a still life arrangement.


Autumn 2



Students will use research and studies to select and plan their own abstracted still life. This will be transferred to lino and used to create a four coloured lino print (reduction print)

 Assessment task


Plan an original cubist still life print


Assessment task


Produce an original cubist still life reduction print

Spring 1

Second project:

Students taught about analysing artwork and using as a basis for their ideas. Students research Monochrome Landscapes to develop tonal techniques.  Supportive artist Georgia O’Keeffe, Brett Weston and Barbara Brody using materials such as colour pencil and biro.

Assessment task


Working in the style of an artist


Produce an analysis of landscape/ cityscape artist


Assessment task


Create a monochrome landscape


Produce a tonal monochrome image of a local landscape.

Spring 2

Students produce appropriate tonal observation studies of local landscape using a range of tonal techniques.

Students develop and plan ideas for a final Monochrome Landscape design.

Students produce their final response using their planning and research.

Assessment task


Plan an original monochrome landscape


Reflect on artists studied and images produced to plan an original monochrome landscape.

Assessment task


Produce a Monochrome Landscape


Create a monochrome landscape inspired by your research.

Summer 1

Third Project begins:

Students will produce observational studies of bugs and insects. They will develop ideas for bug hybrid sculptures and apply year 7 knowledge of pattern and line to designs.



Assessment task

Planning for a sculpture – explaining where ideas have come from.


Summer 2

Students will produce bug sculptures using gum strip and newspaper

Assessment task


Written/ Practical exam overviewing skills and knowledge from year