YEAR 9 ARTS ELECTIVES

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, printmaking and 3D construction.

Students will also research and analyse artists and their artwork. Researching the artist’s personal and cultural influences and how they use materials, techniques and processes to create their work. Students will form and justify their opinions about the artwork.

This area of study leads into VCE Arts Creative Practice, and will be practical and theory based.

Please note: 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 intention.

Students will also undertake structure improvisation classes and learn about the dance making process and use of movement categories 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 the VCE Art Creative Practice 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 rules of composition 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 will also have the opportunity to experiment with a wide range of theatrical conventions and 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.

Media Studies

The Year 9 Media Studies course applies theoretical skills development through to practical tasks.
This is a major step in developing visual skills in preparation for VCE Media studies and beyond. Students are introduced to visual story telling styles working through the pre-production processes and making story sequences of their own.

Through a series of graded practical exercises, students will develop technical skills and knowledge with a range of specialist equipment and software. A range tasks in production, creating and modifying products in:

  • Digital Photograph
  • Film
  • Print
  • Audio.

Students will make use of  our state of the art podcast sound studio, digital video and still cameras, a range of print mediums, camera accessories, editing software: Adobe Premier™, Adobe Photoshop™, and a range of printing output options.

Assessment includes written analysis and individual and group practical tasks.

Music

The Year 9 Music course is designed to present students with, and develop a greater understanding of as many aspects of the unique language of music as possible.

It is intended to primarily be a performance and appreciation course where students explore 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.

Year 9 Music students are strongly recommended to have prior experience in playing an instrument and/or vocals.

Visual Communication

In this elective, students learn about how designers visually communicate ideas when creating messages, objects, environments, and interactive experiences.

Through application of the design process, students use drawings, mock-ups, models, and prototypes to develop design ideas, concepts, and solutions. They choose and combine manual and digital methods, media, and materials with design elements and principles.

Visual Communication Design goes beyond just how things look and work, ensuring designs solve problems in smart ways that help people in the long term.

This area of study leads into VCE Visual Arts and Design subjects, which are both practical and theory based.

Please note: students will require an A3 visual diary if they choose this subject.