Year 9: The Creative Process
The first semester is spent examining drawing and painting, extending observational skills. Students work from images taken by themselves to develop a clear understanding of composition, tonal values and mark-making. All practical tasks will be accompanied by supporting studies in the form of two A2 posters back-to-back. Students are also required to continuously reflect upon their individual progress. Drawing skills are fundamental to this course, so before we begin to understand the creative process we need to establish a strong foundation of observational skills and an awareness of the basic elements of visual art. The Creative Process will then inform students about the steps needed to generate an idea, gather research, investigate and experiment, develop and realize the idea modify the work and evaluate the results.
The second semester will continue with developing an understanding of the Creative Process through Design and interpretative assignments.
Observation, Interpretation and Design
An integral element of Visual Arts is developing the ability to seek out both primary and secondary sources. Our aim this year is to exhaust a variety of sources in order to develop thorough bookwork research. This research will then be developed using the “Creative Process” and the steps needed to generate an idea, investigate and experiment, develop and realise the idea, modify work and evaluate the results. Whilst the initial media experimentations will be teacher, initiative, independence and focus will be essential as this unit prepares students for their IGCSE examinations.
Semester 1: Culture and Identity
This unit requires students to explore a culture of their choice in the media of their choice. The cultures of many countries have been explored for example, Greece, China, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Cook Islands, India and Australia. This unit is entirely student directed. This means that all themes, research, design decisions and finished artwork are generated entirely by the student with the teacher as facilitator rather than director. This rigorous academic year is designed to assess the growth of the student as an independent artist, able to explore, analyse, synthesise and unify a mature body of work.
Semester 2: Drawing
The aim for this unit will be to develop our understanding of the characteristics of various wet and dry drawing materials. Both the contextual element and final outcome for studio 1 work will be based on self portraiture. For studio work 2 the theme will be “Finding your Own Theme”. This can either be an extension on portraiture or a theme chosen by the student. Whilst the initial media experiments will be teacher lead, students will be expected to initiate all studio work.
Semester 1: Painting
This unit looks at developing an individualist theme, to be utilised as a vehicle for creative expression and mixed media explorations. Our theme for this unit will be "Story telling". We will use the work of Portuguese painter, Paula Rego as our starting point. Story telling is an intrinsic part of her work and we will examine the stories that she has told and then go on to explore artists that have an individual significance for each student. This research will be the foundation for an assignment that will both inform and enrich the students’ individual artwork. Through exploration and experimentation, students will produce studio works that are reflective of their own personal life story.
Semester 2: Self-Initiated Study
The theme for the remaining studio work is to be initiated by the individual student. The work may be a continuation from the Culture Unit in semester 1 or may be the development of an entirely new theme. All studio work should be supported by media experiments and planning in the Visual Arts Process Diary. This is an independent unit with the teacher acting purely as a facilitator.