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Art - Year 9

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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Art for Year 9 students, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Mr Leonowicz if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

How are groups organised?

We organise our classes by mixed ability. The students have three one-hour lessons per fortnight.

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

The most successful students in this subject will enjoy working visually, practically, will be passionate about creating images and artefacts and will sustain their focus on long-term projects.

What are the key concepts students will study at this level?

  • Observation
  • Developing Ideas
  • Experimenting with materials and techniques
  • Recording what is seen and understood
  • Analysis and interpretation of Images
  • Creating and realising a final image or artefact.

What will students learn at this level?

The overarching theme for students in year 9 is ‘non-European art’. Students will explore a wide range of art and artefacts, from all areas of the world other than from Europe. This will include Africa, Asia, Australasia, North America and South America. Students will study the contexts from which art and artefacts arose; how they were made and what they were used for. They will use images, artefacts and ideas in order to develop their work and to express their personalities creatively and fluently. There will be many opportunities for students to work cooperatively and to collaborate with other students in order to create collective works of art. Students will sample images from a range of sources; work in different materials and techniques in order to express their ideas through colour, form, texture, line, shape, tone and composition. Students will experiment, test and investigate different ways of producing end products, echoing the kind of processes employed at GCSE and a level.

What skills will students develop at this level?

Students will learn how to develop their ideas and images in relation to unfamiliar artwork and contexts. They will experiment with the range of materials and techniques and record all their ideas as rough sketches and as completed outcomes.

How will students learn at this level?

Students will learn by appropriation of artists’ work from other cultures: synthesising samples of images they have found, while collaborating with other students in groups to form finished pieces of work. Students will also learn by adapting and varying their approach to creating art with respect to the needs of collaborative group work. 

Trial and error when experimenting with different artistic ideas.

Peer and teacher feedback on tasks/discussion.

Observing peers.

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

  • Continuous monitoring of progress through informal observations and creative development tasks.
  1. Completed development work; experimentation, recording and composition/image.
  2. Reflection and evaluation.

When do key assessments take place?

All work will be continually monitored and assessed, with more formal assessments every half term.

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

  • Discuss your current project work with you, show them what you are doing and explain what you have done.
  1. They may be able to take you to galleries and museums and encourage you to see links to your schoolwork. Look at all examples of artwork, images and artefacts from around the world. Try to get behind the image, how it was made and what it was used for. 
  2. Helping you to express yourself with confidence in your artwork.

What equipment do students need for this subject?

A range of drawing pencils

Coloured pencils

Drawing pen – fibre tip or black biro

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