Year 9

Students in Year 9 have 1 double Art lesson each fortnight. They follow this programme:

‘More than a selfie’ manipulated photography portraits and ‘Up Close’ Chuck Close Portraits

In this unit students learn about manipulated photography portraits and  how to use their ipads to create similar effects. they also learn about Chuck Close’s life and work and explore ways of working in his early and late styles.


By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will know and be able to use photography composition techniques and ipad image manipulation apps. Thye will also recognise the characteristics of Chuck Close’s work and understand how his illness and physical disability effected his style and methods. Students will develop photography skills and be able to use conventions such as ‘rule of thirds’ and ‘depth of field’ and be able to edit images to create message and meaning. They will also develop key drawing and painting skills exploring a range of techniques such as acrylic painting and  tonal drawing . Students will also learn how to draw the correct proportions of the face, scale up a drawing and how to use a grid technique to improve accuracy so that they can produce their own self portrait.

Key Assessments

Sketchbook work and self portraits are assessed in line with the school’s marking and assessment policy.

How to help your child

Explore photography, encourage your child to use the composition techniques they are learning. Also explore Chuck Close’s work online, ask your child to explain why his work changed. Practice drawing faces at home using the correct proportions.

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