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THE ARTS - YEAR 9 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, stencilling, printmaking and clay modelling. They will also learn 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. Please note, students will require an A4 visual diary if they choose this subject.

Dance

In this elective, students will participate in technique classes concentrating 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 spatial awareness and how to take on a choreographer’s expressive intention. Students will also undertake improvisation classes and learn about the ‘dance making’ process and use of body actions to create choreography. At the conclusion of the elective, students will create a small group choreography which will be performed as a practical assessment.

Digital Photography

The digital photography course is a great lead up to Studio Art Photography in the senior years. It is designed to cover aspects of composition, photographic equipment and computer software such as Adobe Photoshop. The course will build on skills in writing and discussing photographic works as well as the process that have been used to produce this artwork. In this course the emphasis is placed on the Art Elements and Principles of Design and how to recognize them in a photograph.

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 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

Students develop performance skills on their chosen instrument including developing a basic understanding of keyboard, guitar, drum kit and vocals. Students perform both individually and in small groups.  Students maintain a work book and use music technology in creating and composing music.Students continue to build theory and aural knowledge building towards the required knowledge for VCE. To undertake this subject students must have some knowledge of music and be learning an instrument.

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.