GRADE 7 / YEAR 8 ARTS AND DESIGN COURSE SYLLABUS 2020-2021
The Department of Art and Design at Wesgreen International School promotes individual vision and creative excellence. The curriculum provides a strong foundation in the creation, history, and theory of the visual arts that prepares students for graduate studies. The department emphasizes experimentation, problem solving, social media and interdisciplinary collaboration informed by global awareness and trends.
Students of the Department of Art and Design will be able to:
- Produce a strong body of work.
- Establish and maintain a rigorous creative practice that is productive and professional.
- Develop an articulate, sophisticated visual, verbal, and technical vocabulary related to art and design from a broad range of styles and cultures.
- Apply comparative reasoning in evaluating works of art and design.
- Contribute to diverse, cross-disciplinary, collaborative endeavors.
- Resolve problems and challenge assumptions through innovative thinking and visual expression.
- Demonstrate integrity and make ethical decisions in creative expression and professional practice.
- Perpetuate a life-long commitment to learning, inquiry, and discovery.
- Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
- Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.
- Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
Students are expected to develop their creativity and ideas, and become more efficient in executing them. They look critically at the work of historical and modern working artists and Art movements, architects and designers, making their own judgements. They are taught to:
- Use a range of techniques and mediums to record their observations.
- Use a range of techniques and media, including drawing, the use of color, scale, proportion and placement of drawn work on the picture plane.
- Become proficient in confidentially handling a range of different materials to meet a required outcome.
- Analyze and evaluate their own work and other people's.
- Become confident working against a design brief in a given time frame.
- Recognize how and where to collect relevant research from, to support and inspire their developing ideas.
- Understand the importance of recycling within the lessons, such as the collage task.
- Understand the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times to the present day.
An Artwork is produced using A4/ A3 sized paper to create a word, name or slogan in the Street Art/ Graffiti style reflecting against the development and social history of the art style around the world. Street Art has a value within the UAE culture and developing architectural modern areas. Students create artwork that recognizes the unique style and fonts of Street Art and Graffiti and the use of color, the placement of the words/ slogan and the scale and proportion of the detail of their artwork.
Students create a Comic strip style artwork based on a minimum 6 sentence storyline. Each image cell needed to include drawn images of characters and scenarios that reflect the relevant sentence and storyline presented. Students are introduced to the examples given within the class lessons, the history of the MARVEL and Snoopy/ Garfield characters and from current movies, Manga comic books and current newspaper comic strips. As a collaboration task with the English Department the students are expected to use correct SPAG and keep the written sections clear and legible to enhance the reader’s pleasure and enjoyment.
An A4 sized Collage artwork is created based on the images from the UAE Heritage and through recognizing the style of the art movement Cubism. A collaboration with the Arabic department and recognizing the importance of recycling the paper used to create the artwork.
Internal exam is a review of the skills learnt in the Term 1. The letter A was decorated with Street art/ Graffiti style blended colors and detail. Students where encouraged to control their mark making outcomes by using a range of pencil techniques. Students could also give a character theme to show further imaginative development.
General teaching methodologies will include Online and Face to Face (Blended) learning, Face to face students will be in class while online learners will log in remotely and follow the instructor, who will have the laptop camera facing the smartboard. Teaching will be done using a combination of writing and illustrating on the smartboard and PowerPoint presentations. This should include a combination of practical, oral and visual methods to differentiate instruction modes to cater to student preferences effectively.
Use of Phoenix to allocate differentiated activities catering to varying learning abilities of the students – these online activities will include practical assignments, research based projects, digital group activities and formative tests.
Feedback to students will be given through the Gems Phoenix platform. Feedback will include rubrics, teacher and peer feedback and marking.
Questions from students – time allocated to allow students the opportunity to ask questions and give written and oral feedback through digital platforms.
Practical tasks will demonstrate the skills learnt and developed throughout the different Art based themes covered.
Art equipment lessons are conducted to create confidence in using a sharp pencil, ruler, compass and protractor to create mathematical correct lines, angles and shapes. Students follow a demonstration to reflect against ruler measured lines and freehand drawn lines. The correct use of a protractor to create a range of angles and developed shapes to create patterns then independently creating a decorative artwork.
A decorative A4/ A3 sized artwork is produced to celebrate and promote key aspects recognized from current UAE heritage and cultural events. The importance of the UAE Heritage and the celebratory events, such as the Year of Zayed 2018, Year of Tolerance 2019 and the Expo 2020 can be promoted through Art. This could be in the form of a flag or large scale promotional poster based artwork.
Internal EOY exam is a reflection of the skills learnt in the year. A decorative mug design was planned to be drawn to include image taken from Expo 2020. The main design must include and recognize the central use of UAE colors of the flag and relevant mark making techniques, placement and scale of the design within the size boundaries of the given rectangle.
Formative: Throughout the terms, students will be marked on their individual outcomes. Relevant written and verbal feedback is essential to analyze the student’s progress and to guide them in the right direction. Self and Peer assessment class based tasks recognize on-going work and expected outcomes and can support and inspire other learners. Internal assessments are mainly based around a review of their previous skill base.
Summative: Internal assessments recognize the skills and knowledge built throughout the year.