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How to improve in Art and Design Year 8

Help for students and parents

We encourage all our students to reflect on their learning in lessons and use feedback from their teachers to help them improve. Below, you will find the ‘statements for improvement’ that summarise the feedback students are given.

These statements are used on termly reports sent to parents. Students and parents are asked to look at the further guidance below to help clarify the statements on the reports.

Aims
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

 

Aims:

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


In order to achieve these aims, pupils will be taught to develop their creativity and ideas, and increase proficiency in their execution. They should develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work.

 

Pupils will be taught:

A    To use a range of techniques to record observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring your ideas (Aims 1&2). This involves image and mark making techniques, attention to detail, OBSERVATION, expression and interpretaion.

To improve:

  1. Explore different ways of recording what you see through drawing, painting, writing, and other media;
  2. Explore and investigate images and ideas creatively to produce original images;

    B    To use a range of techniques and media, including painting (Aims 1, 2 & 3). This involves image and mark making techniques, attention to detail, observation, reflection and evaluation.

To improve:

  1. Work with different materials to create a range of effects;
  2. Develop skills with materials and techniques, and reflect on their similarities and differences; 

C    To increase proficiency in the handling of different materials (Aims 2, 3 and 4). This involves image and mark making techniques, attention to detail, reflection and evaluation and an understanding of how artists work.

To improve:

5      Practise your art making skills and techniques, and reflect on how you could refine and improve;

  1. Know and understand how artists have used similar skills, and apply this to your own artwork;

 

D      To analyse and evaluate your own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of your work (Aims 2 and 3). This involves image and mark making techniques, attention to detail, reflection and evaluation and an understanding of how artists work.

To improve:

7      Compare and contrast your artwork with the work of other artists, and understand how to improve;

  1. Review and evaluate your own artwork, and think about how well you have adopted new ideas and skills;

    E              About the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day (Aim 4). This involves an understanding of how artists work, the style in which they worked and what they were trying to achieve.

To improve:

  1. Understand other artists’ work:  how, why and when it was made, and what people thought about it;
  2. Make connections to other artists who worked in similar or related ways.