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Students come to Hexham Middle School from a range of first schools and with a range of experiences of Art and Design. For this reason we spend the first term learning about many of the art materials which are available to use to create art with. We produce large scale animal images in which eight different types of graphic media are used and experiemented with.
In the second term we look at colour; what it is, how we see it and how we mix it. Students then produce their own hybrid dinosaurs in which they use pastels to blend colours together showing an understanding of harmonising and complementary colour.
In the third term we look at the way that believable space is created in picture making. We look at the way that artists have, over the years, created the illusion of depth in their paintings and we learn through the process of creating 'overlap drawings' how to achieve this.
We begin Year 6 with a clay work project. We look at what 'Form' is and we have a simple introduction to working as a sculptor. Students create their own creature models, learning as they go how to model with clay and how to join clay as well as learning about the processes of firing and glazing ceramic work.
Spring Term and Summer Term
In this project we look at 'Texture'. We begin through a process of observational drawing and then develop large scale 'mobiles' based on one of these drawings. In this project we look at the process of creating texture through rubbings and overlaying of materials to create complex surfaces. Students are encouraged to experiment with a huge range of art materials as well as 'found' materials to create their imagery. Although each mobile is the work of two students, they work independently on their own 'side' of the mobile.
Animation is a fascinating subject for all children and in Year 7 we begin by looking at how animation is created and how and why it works. Each child then goes on to develop their own animated character, set it against a background and then animate it in a short piece of animated film. Students also create thaumatropes and flip books to support this project.
We look at the strange and delightful work of Moritz Escher in this term. We look at the way that repeating pattern can be created. Students then develop their own randomly created tessellating motif around which they produce inventive and beautifully drawn graphic images.
In the third term we look at the work of the Surrealist artists. We look at work by Dali, Earnst and Magritte and then develop an imaginary landscape through the use of visual research. Images are ultimately drawn onto scraperboards and the end results can look spectacular!
In this term we look at the work of Stanley Spencer and we produce a series of analytical drawings using a range of materials. We focus on the development of observational drawing skills through the drawing of the human face. This unforgiving subject matter encourages the development of drawing skills to the highest possible level!
In this term we focus on the work of Frida Kahlo as a starting point. Through photography and then work with computer graphic software, students develop their own 'self images'. They begin to understand that creating art means saying something about yourself through your work. Their self images allow students to represent their own fears, aspirations and feelings as well as their own distinct view of the world.
We delve into the world of the Abstract Expressionists in this project, looking at the way that artists express their emotions. From the work of Van Gogh through to the work of Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, students gain an understanding of the power of abstract art. We also look at the way that mark making and gesture can communicate emotion investigating the world of 'emotional literacy'.