Year 9 Arts Electives

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Art

This subject will introduce students to a range of activities designed to develop creativity and promote self-expression. Students will create artworks using a range of art forms such as drawing, painting, stencilling, printmaking and clay modelling. They will alsolearn about famous artists and how they use materials, techniques and processes to create their work. This area of study leads into VCE Visual Arts and Design, and will be practical and theory based. Pleasenote, students will require an A3 visual diary if they choose this subject.

Dance

In this elective, students will participate in technique classes which concentrate on safe dance practice, technical skills and performance skills. They will be introduced to a wide variety of dance styles through research tasks and peer teaching.  Students will be taught a class dance where they will learn about choreographic process and how to take on a choreographer’s expressive intention.

Students will also undertake structure improvisation classes and learn about the ‘dance making’ process and use of body actions to create choreography. Students will create a small group choreography which will be performed as a practical assessment at the conclusion of the elective.

Digital Photography

Digital photography will prepare students for VCE Studio Art and Design subject. It is designed to cover aspects of composition, photographic equipment and computer software such as Adobe Photoshop. The course will develop students’ skills in writing and discussing photographic works as well as the process involved in the production of a successful photograph. In this course there will be emphasis on the art elements and principles of design and how to recognise them in photographic artworks.

Drama

This elective builds on the skills students previously learnt in Year 7 or 8. It will look at different styles of acting as well as how to improvise performances. Students will be introduced to the concepts explored in senior drama by using different stimuli to create performance. They willalso have the opportunity to experiment with a wide range of theatrical conventionsand performance styles. By the end of the semester, students will be able to improvise performance as well as create a sustained ensemble piece that utilises stimulus and theatrical conventions.

Group Music Performance

Group Music Performance provides students with the opportunity to learn songs in an ensemble setting. Students perform regularly, including lunchtime performances and school soirèes, which allow them to develop confidence in performances in a variety of settings. Students are required to choose songs to perform from the relevant themes or styles presented to them weekly.They use general listening and specific aural skills to enhance their performances and knowledge of the elements of music, style and notation to arrange, document and share their music. Students are also required to analyse recordings and videos of their own performances, as a way to improve and self-evaluate their technical and performance skills.

Media Studies

The Year 9 Media Studies course applies theoretical skill development to practical tasks. This is a major step in developing visual skills in preparation for VCE Arts studies and beyond. Students are introduced to visual story telling styles via critical observation and making story sequences of their own. Through a series of graded practical exercises theoretical elements and examples are applied by students who develop technical expertise with a range of specialist equipment and software.A range tasks in production, creating and modifying photographs for publication, further expand student experience and skills. Students will make use of: digital video and still cameras, a range of print mediums, camera accessories, Adobe Premier™, Adobe Photoshop™, and a range of printing output options. Assessment is practical biased but with necessary theoretical understanding to be exhibited.

Music

The Year 9 Music Performance course is designed to present students with and develop a greater understanding of as many aspects of the unique language of musicas possible. It is intended to primarily be a performance and appreciation course where studentsexplore a number of avenues of musical expression through listening, aural and theoretical studies as well as both group and solo performance. Students are also required to research and analyse contemporary music styles and artists, which give them a more detailed understanding of the music they are learning and performing.

Visual Communication

In this subject, students will follow the design process in response to client briefs from the Industrial,Environmental, and Communication fields of design. Students will experiment with a variety of methods, media and materials, including pencil rendering, technical drawing, painting, model-making, and digital methods. Students will build an awareness of how designers use the elements and principles of design to communicate ideas visually. This area of study leads into VCE Visual Arts and Design subjects, and will be both practical and theory based. Please note, students will require an A3 visual diary if they choose this subject.

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