Subject Leader:  Mrs Hermione Best

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What are we studying?

Students will complete a fourteen week course in Art and Design comprising of one double lesson a week. Throughout their studies in Year 9 students will complete 2 projects that both look how events in society impact on artistic practices. Putting art in context builds on previous learning developing an understanding of the creative process. The introduction of new processes and techniques helps to develop skills and creative risk-taking with ideas and media.

Art and Society

Popular culture and celebrity prints

We study the emergence of popular culture after the Second World War and how this influenced the Pop Art movement. Focusing on Andy Warhol’s celebrity prints students design and make a stencil of a current day celebrity and then produce a series of prints exploring a range of printing and media techniques.

Art and Society

Surreal Portraits

Here we look at the emergence of the Dada and the Surrealist art movement in the early part of the 20th century. Students develop recording skills with the use of the camera to facilitate their creative ideas and explore a range of photomontage techniques using both physical and digital edits.

How are we assessed?

Classwork (practical and theory work) and homework is assessed throughout the course.  Students will be given success criteria and level descriptors linked to the work.  Work will be given a level, which enables their progress to be monitored.  The assessments may be carried out in lessons or set as homework. 

Project based practical activities undertaken in Year 9 lead well into skill levels expected for the GCSE Art based courses.  These include recording from imagination and observation using a range of media including pencil, photography and ICT photo editing, mixed media exploration and experimentation, including stencil printing, collage and layering.

How are we grouped?

Students are in mixed ability groups in Art, Design and Technology, and are timetabled for two double lessons a week in this subject area.  The maximum class size is 23. 

What homework are we expected to do?

There will usually be one homework task set every other week, which should take around 45 minutes to complete.  All the homework assignments will relate to classwork activities either in the form of design preparation e.g. ideas; observational drawings, planning and research (books and internet) or completing a unit of work by evaluating what has been learnt.  All homework will be available on SMHW for students and parents to see. Students will be given an Art Sketchbook to complete both class and homework into; it is their responsibility to follow given guidelines for the presentation of work and to keep their work safe as they transport their classwork and homework to and from school.

What can parents do to help?

  • Encourage your child to discuss what they have learnt each week as they are looking through their Art sketchbook.
  • Provide opportunities for art work at home, to include a space to work and objects to record.
  • Encourage gallery visits. Look out for articles in newspapers or television and discuss them with your child.
  • Useful resources and equipment:
    • A 2B Sketching pencil,
    • A good pencil sharpener,
    • A large white rubber
    • A set of colouring pencils.
  • Access to the internet for research tasks

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