Welcome to the Art Department

Welcome to the Nottingham Free School Art Department!

Year 7

In Year 7, students focus on portraiture, colour and 3D masks.

In the first term pupils focus on portraiture and how to change a facial expression to create an emotion; they also learn to link in a colour to emphasise the mood that they are trying to evoke.

The second project is all about colour; students learn about the colour wheel and how to mix colours (a fundamental skill) as well as looking at a variety of artists who use bright colours in their work.

The last project utilises all skills developed over the year as they focus on  how to make 2D designs become 3D. They will make their own carnival masks inspired by the Notting Hill Carnival but also with influences from Chinese, African and Venetian cultures.


Year 8

In Year 8 pupils develop their drawing skills through both experimental and realistic drawings. They learn a variety of techniques such as mono printing, painting, drawing, silk painting, polytile printing, collage and layered pieces. They expand their knowledge of a variety of drawing materials also such as chalk and charcoal, pen and water and oil pastels.

Year 8 projects also allow for a variety of exploration with the first project ‘Who We Are’, followed by ‘Pattern and Print’ and ‘Art in the Community’ to finish the year.


Year 9 GCSE

Pupils learn to develop their skills through a project based on natural form and decay. Pupils develop their drawing skills throughout the year and expand their knowledge of a wide range of other techniques and materials, as well as the work of artists.

Techniques covered include drawing, painting, printing, mixed media, photography, photo manipulation-both digital and manual, along with some textiles and 3D work. Pupils will learn how to analyse artists’ work and evaluate and critique their own work and the work of their peers. They will learn how to develop and refine their work independently and create final pieces showing their skills.

September 2017


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