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Year 9


Year 9

Students will be taught one of the following projects in the each term but it may differ for each class. Over the year they will complete several of the projects. 

Media Investigations

Students explore media through observational studies of organic objects. Lesson by lesson they develop awareness and understanding of the characteristics of a variety of artist materials. After investigating a number of tonal and colour media they then combine this knowledge to create a mixed media final piece.

Reflective Surfaces

Students explore reflective surfaces through observational drawings of a hand held shiny bauble/mirrored sunglasses.

They develop awareness and understanding of the characteristics of reflections.  They learn about distortion and how to create a sense of depth using tone.

Sgraffito Pots

Students explore the ‘Sgraffito’ decoration technique alongside designing and then creating their own 3-Dimensional piece decorated with patterns taken from a specific culture.

They develop an understanding of the process of designing as well as developing skills in clay such as the wrap-round and coil technique.

Artist Alphabet

Students explore the work of other artists by copying either whole or sections of their own chosen artist’s work.  They then overlay a collage letter /number in a contrasting colour. Students develop colour mixing skills and proportion accuracy drawing as well as visualising the work of other artists.

Cakes and Sweets

Students will explore images of cakes and sweets through image collections and detailed drawings, eventually choosing one to realistically reproduce in clay. They will explore the work of realist 2D and 3D artists.

Pop Art Portraits

Students will look at Andy Warhol’s prints of famous icons of the period. They will choose their own modern icon and produce a series of prints using the printing techniques and prepared surfaces that mimic Warhol’s methods.  Students will develop an understanding of the style and colours associated with Pop Art and will explore them through a variety of technical processes.


Homework will be marked on a fortnightly basis and final pieces within each project will be marked with a comment and target along with a national curriculum level.


Homework for Art is set once a fortnight.

Here are examples of homework which may be set but these are subject to change:


Homework 1

Find an example of a piece of artwork which includes a reflection of some sort.  Glue a copy of the found image into sketchbook and label with name of artist and title of work. Write about the way you think this piece of artwork has been produced.   Consider presentation.

Homework 2

 Look up the key words REFLECTION, DISTORTION and TONE. Write about what these mean and provide a visual example (photograph) of each. You can use images from books or the internet.

Homework 3

Research the work of M. C. Escher paying particular attention to his distorted reflections. Collect images and write about his work on an A4 sheet.



Homework 1

Fill your page with a pencil drawing of an organic object and shade using pencil in a full range of tones whilst using a range of marks similar to those explored in class.

Homework 2

Research a tonal (black and white) artist.  Include images of their work and some interesting facts about them and their work.


Homework 3

Choose any object and draw it using only a biro pen, create tone by scribbling, crosshatching and dots.

Homework 4

Cut a piece of fruit in half and arrange the two halves so that you can see both the inside flesh and the outside skin. Using any media of your own choice colour realistically and add a complementary coloured background. crosshatching and dots.

Homework 5

Draw an apple to fill a whole page of your book and then divide your page into 4 sections.  In each section use a different family of colours in your own chosen media. (e.g. 1 = range of reds, 2 = greens, etc,)

Homework 6

Produce a collage of an interesting section of fruit using things you can find at home:  lentils, rice, tissue paper, kitchen roll, paints, pencils, felt tips, coloured paper etc.

Homework 7

Find an example of a piece of artwork created in mixed media on the internet or in a book, copy it, glue into your book and explain how you think it has been made and what with. Add in some facts about the artist who produced it.

Homework 8

Write a sentence on each of the media you have been exploring throughout the media project.  Explain each material’s good and bad points. (Pencil, biro pen, chalk, chalk and charcoal, coloured pencils, oil pastels, watercolour paints)



Homework 1

Create a collaged page of cake and sweet images

Homework 2

Research the work of a realist painter/sculptor. Include images of their work and some facts about them.  Add your personal opinion of the work.



Homework 1


Research the term “Sgraffito”.  Write a description and include an image which illustrates it.

Homework 2

Draw accurately and shade to emphasize the 3D form, an object which contains an elipse found at home (e.g. a vase, a bottle etc,), Position yourself looking slightly down on the object.

Homework 3

Looking at patterns found around your home on fabrics, tiles, carpets, etc, select and draw sections in both strip and individual form.

Homework 4

Combine your previous 3D object drawing with your home found patterns placing the patterns on selected areas of your re-drawn form.

Complete using coloured pencils.