Year 7 - Foundation

 Seven Foundation

Theme: Formal Elements

About the unit    - An introduction into the formal elements and their use in creating 2D art and design work. The project will cover each element individually and be linked to other artist's work that exemplifies each element. The students will in some cases be recapping previous knowledge, yet it is undetermined how much detail or prior knowledge they will have as a group.   Artistic vocabulary will be stressed and also the term visual language used throughout the project.
What the unit covers
Individual work
Print Making
Digital Media
Where the unit fits in   - This unit is to be delivered as a foundation in Year 7 and to take 7 lessons.   As the students come from a large number of feeder schools no prior knowledge should be assumed yet will be extremely varied.   The students will be working in their sketch books and the pattern of class work; homework’s and assessment criteria will be a very important element in the structure of this unit.
At the end of this unit
Most pupils will:
understand the different qualities of line and the purpose of mark making, be able to shade and realise techniques of shadows, light and shade. They should also know what primary, secondary and tertiary colours are and be able to make them. Be aware of the difference between natural and manmade patterns and their different uses in art and design. To appreciate what aesthetic awareness is. To understand the difference between positive and negative spaces.  
Some pupils will not have made so much progress and will:
make an effort at completing the practical exercises and understand that even if they have poor coordination skills they can still achieve interesting and valuable work. It is to be stressed that these exercises do not have to be neat. The understanding is in the quality of line, tone, colour, and pattern and in their ability to analyse a piece of work. They may well be able to analyse verbally better than they can by writing.
A few pupils will have progressed further and will:
experiment with and critically assess ideas and make work that communicates a personal response; select ideas, organise and present information in appropriate ways; exploit the characteristics of the 2D materials. Analyse and comment on the context of their own and others' work and explain how their own ideas have influenced their practice.
Prior Learning
As this is a project in year 7 then prior knowledge is going to be very varied within the group.
Language for learning
Through the activities in this unit pupils will be able to understand, use and spell correctly vocabulary relating to:
  • The formal elements - line, tone, colour, shape, texture and composition.
  • Visual Language - fluidity, balance, positive and negative shapes, sensitive, subtle, strong, bold, confident, primary, secondary, tertiary and complementary colours. Clashing, vibrant, pastel, tint, hue etc
  • Equipment - pencil types, brush types and sizes, paper varieties, pencil crayons, scissors and black paper, printing ink, fabric, paint etc.
  • Genres and styles of art - various –
Writing - through the activities pupils could:
  • Analyse and evaluate their own and others work making appropriate use of subject specific vocabulary
Future learning
This unit should enable the students to draw, shade and use colour with greater competence and understanding than previously.
It should also allow them to understand how artists communicate ideas, work in different styles, have an awareness of compositional skills and can communicate meaning and messages through a visual language.