Year 9 Art & Design Learning Map

Autumn Term Sep – Dec

Formal Elements: Line

  • Introduction to the formal elements. Line:

  • How artist’s use line, types of line, contour lines, descriptive lines, expressive lines, geometric lines, organic lines

  • Exploring mark making

  • Contour lines and descriptive lines: studies of objects from the seaside using pencil and pen

  • Exploring expressive line

  • Geometric lines: studies of objects from the seaside

  • Organic lines: studies of objects from the seaside

  • Artist links: Ernst Haeckel, Yellena Janes

Formal elements of shape and form

  • Introduction to shape and form – learning about the difference between the two.
  • How artists use shape and form.
  • Organic shapes, geometric shapes, positive and negative shapes, organic forms, geometric forms. Organic shapes. Producing studies of flowers and plants.
  • Geometric shapes. Producing studies of flowers and plants.
  • Positive and negative shapes. Producing studies of flowers and plants.
  • Organic forms. Producing studies of flowers and plants
  • Geometric forms. Producing studies of flowers and plants.
  • Combining organic and geometric forms. Producing studies of flowers and plants.
  • Artist links: Sara Simblet, Karl Blossfeldt, Margaret Mee

KNOWLEDGE ORGANISER: Formal elements summary sheet, terminology and artist links.


Spring Term Jan – Apr

Formal Elements: Tone

  • Introduction to tone. What is tone?

  • Terminology relating to tone. Highlights, shadows, tints, tones, atmosphere, contrast, value, depth, illusion of tone, mixing tones, shading, hatching, crosshatching, stippling, monotone, duo tone

  • Shading: hatching, cross hatching, contour hatching, stippling. Practicing using tone by producing studies of tree bark and driftwood.

  • Mixing tones. Practicing using tone by producing studies of tree bark and driftwood.

  • Depth and distance. Contrast and focus. Practicing using tone by producing studies of tree bark and driftwood.


Summer Term 1 Apr – July

Formal Element of Colour

  • How we view colour
  • Types of colours primary, secondary and tertiary colours
  • Tints, tones and shades
  • Colour terminology. Colour relationship, harmonious colour, strength of colour, emotional response to colour, mood and atmosphere, warm and cool colours
  • The colour wheel
  • Monochromatic colour,complementary colours
  • Artist links: Archimboldo, Paul Cezanne, Georgina Luck, Susannah Blaxhill
  • We will be drawing in rich colours found in fruits and vegetables

Elements of pattern

  • What is pattern
  • Motifs, Regular pattern, Block repeat, Half drop, Mirrored pattern, Rational Pattern, Irregular pattern, Complex pattern, Geometric pattern
  • Patterns in expressive art
  • Gradation
  • Artists: William Morris, Walter Crane, Piet Monfrian, Charles Voysey, Van Gogh, Gustav Klimt, Paul Klee, Gustav Klusis
  • Pupils will produce patterns based on insects with a digital outcome using Photopea.