Christian Head, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4HA

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Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

A Co-operative Academy

Year 9 Art

Art at KSGS

Our aim at KSGS is to offer a broad and balanced experience across the many aspects of Art and Design within the art Keystage 3 curriculum. Students have 2 lessons of art a fortnight and are encouraged to develop skills in a variety of media as well as developing essential observational skills and an understanding of a variety of genres and artists work.

 Art and Design at KSGS is both challenging and exciting. In year 7 we try to build the confidence and basic skills of the individual student developing on these throughout year 8 and 9, work is intended to be a building process of skills across the 3 years in a variety of disciplines in order to equip students for art at GCSE level and beyond.

Students develop skills through ‘projects/units of work’ to get them used to the process of developing an idea through preparation work and experimentation of media.  All students have a sketchbook where much of the preparation work is documented, plus homework and research tasks as appropriate. In most units students also develop a final piece.

Year 9 Art

The main focus in year 9 is to   revisit observational skills, building on these skills to ensure that students are well prepared for GCSE level and continuing to extend their experience of a range of media. Students also begin to lead their own work more independently in preparation for GCSE Level.

Term 1 - Objects - Glass objects and reflections

In this unit students revisit many of the observational skills taught in year 7 and 8   building on  these skills, extending their understanding of detailed observation and how to analyse and draw complex objects. We explore elements such as reflections and extend the students experience in a range of media.

Areas of focus:

  • Observational techniques/ ways of looking, extended analysis of shape and form
  • Further work on composition looking at complex arrangements and composition rules
  • Creation of the illusion of texture using tonal techniques
  • Further development of weight of line
  • Development of hand eye co-ordination
  • Use of pen and coloured pencil on coloured backgrounds as a drawing medium to draw glass objects
  • Development of linear tone
  • Looking at the different styles of a number of artists who develop a range of still life outcomes
  • Application of paint to create different effects( if time allows) 

Term 2- Word and Image

During this term students continue to build on their knowledge of materials- focusing  primarily on paint. Students based their work on photographs as a starting point, exploring cropped imagery. Pop Art is used as an influence in the development of work and as a focus for an extended research piece.

Areas of Focus:

  • Effective application of Acrylic paint
  • Further work on composition and layout
  • Tracing and transfer of images
  • Use of Photoshop Elements ( if access available)
  • Cropping and selecting an image to express an idea
  • Use of text in an image to give effect
  • In-depth research  techniques and imaginative presentation of a research document

Term 3 - Sense of place, mixed media piece

Students work individually or in pairs to develop a piece of work based on a creating a ‘Sense of place’. They use collage, tracing techniques, layering and composition decisions to extend their ideas to final realisation.

Areas of focus

  • Work on composition and layout
  • Selection of appropriate imagery
  • Enlarging imagery
  • Tracing and transfer of images
  • Printing and collage techniques
  • Adding detail with line and colour
  • Layering of images to develop a complex final piece
  • Creation of textural elements and working on different surfaces to develop interest


Homework is set regularly as short weekly tasks or longer more in-depth research activities. Homework is used to consolidate skills learnt in class and to practice techniques.


Verbal feedback is used to help the students progress and advice is given throughout the lessons on current classwork.
Homework is marked with a comment and where appropriate a target for how to improve.
Students are encouraged to self-assess and use peer assessment to help develop work.

Formal assessment of the overall unit of work takes place at the end of the unit - consisting of ‘self assessment and evaluation’ as well as ‘teacher assessment’. Assessment takes place to determine how well the student has understood and applied the skills covered in that unit plus general comments, targets, effort grades, homework grades and progress indicators in relation to end of year targets’.

For further information contact Mrs S Wealleans Subject Leader of Art.