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The Wavell School

Year 9 Art

What will my child study in Art during Year 9?

  • Food - Drawing and painting fruit, vegetables, sweets and cakes/biscuits. Experimenting with materials, colour theory, composition and planning skills, enlarging. Artist references – Peter Slade, Wayne Thiebaud, Sarah Graham, Emily Blincoe
  • Sculpture - Design and Pattern in Art, Construction skills, Research skills. Artist references include Klimt, Hundertwasser, and Aboriginal Art. (Covid-19 may mean sculpture work will not be able to happen due to restrictions)
  • Negative Space - Spatial awareness, Composition, Painting and Observational skills. Artist references include Magritte.
  • Surrealism - Image manipulation, Imaginative Drawing/ Painting, Research skills. Artist references include Dali and The Surrealists.
  • Portrait - Stylistic Changes, Use of Tracing, Montage and Collage techniques. Artist references include Picasso, Hockney.

How will my child be assessed and how will I know how well he/she is doing in Art in Year 9?

  • Work will be assessed with a grade for individual pieces of work on an A*to D grade system. A grade B is an indicator of average ability within their Year Group.
  • As well as a grade for quality of work, the work will be given an effort grade. 1 – 4 is the EFFORT GRADE. 1 is for outstanding effort. 2 is the expected level, representing a GOOD amount of effort. 3 is some/little effort shown. 4 is extremely poor/ no real effort shown.

What homework will my child be expected to do in Year 9 in Art?

  • At least one homework is set every fortnight.
  • It will take an on average between 30 minutes and an hour.
  • Some will be research tasks, and some will be drawing based tasks.
  • They will need access to a pencil and most likely a set of coloured pencils / pens.

How can I support my child to do well in Art during Year 9?

  • Ensure that all homework tasks are completed on time.

What equipment may my child need in addition to the standard school equipment?

  • Please equip your child with an HB pencil, a 4B pencil, a set of coloured pencils and, if possible, a tin of water colour paints, as homework is often required to be completed in colour.

By the end of the year, what would an 'expert' be able to do in Art?

  • By the end of the Year 9 students should be able to master the basic drawing and painting skill that the students have been learnt. They will also need to be able use correct terminology while describing art work.

My child is struggling during the course, what additional help is available to help them keep up?

  • If your child is struggling in Art please ask them to be pro-active during the lesson and speak to the teacher directly for support. We also run catch-ups sessions after school that will benefit any student that wants more additional help.

Updated July 2023