The Art department at Kingswood School provides pupils of all ages with the opportunity to create exciting and unique artwork in a range of media, during timetabled lessons and independently in activity sessions. Examination results are consistently exceptional, and the School is proud of its artistic heritage and successes.
The Art department is generously housed in an attractive, detached period building, located over three floors. The building includes well-equipped specialist areas for drawing and painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and digital and traditional photography, as well as a dedicated studio for Sixth Form students.
A suite of 16 computers and an extensive art library provide opportunities for research and digital manipulation of imagery. The examination groups make numerous visits to galleries during the academic year. The highlight of the year is the annual Summer Exhibition held at the end of June, which showcases a wide variety of student artwork, with every examination pupil being proudly represented.
Key Stage 3
The department's ethos is to promote individual curiosity and the importance of drawing, in its broadest context. All pupils in Years 7 and 8 undertake a foundation course that covers the fundamentals of the subject while helping them to develop skills and confidence. Pupils learn the importance of seeing and recording through the experimental use of line, tone, mixed media, colour and three dimensions. In Year 9, pupils have the opportunity to work in much smaller groups to explore aspects of drawing, printmaking and sculpture.
At GCSE level, pupils follow the AQA Fine Art specification. With two components, comprising a ‘Portfolio’ (60%) selected from the course of study and an ‘Externally set assignment’ (40%), pupils experience a range of creative opportunities to develop and explore their personal interests in art and design. Pupils are encouraged to independently investigate, create and communicate their own ideas.
At the start of Year 10, the coursework is narrowly focused before becoming more open-ended over the duration of the two-year course. There is no restriction on the choice of media, scale or format that pupils may use to reflect and evidence their Fine Art submissions. Development, refinement, recording, realisation and presentation of ideas are key to success at GCSE level.
A-Level pupils follow the OCR Fine Art specification and are encouraged to take risks and develop as artists. The two-year linear course is made up of two components: a 'Personal investigation' (60%) and an 'Externally set task' (40%).
The Personal investigation has two integrated elements: a portfolio of practical work and a related study which explores the context in which pupils' chosen practical area of study exists. Pupils can investigate one or more areas of study, such as Portraiture, Landscape, Still Life, Human Form, Abstraction, Experimental Imagery, Narrative, Installation or Working in a Genre. Pupils are encouraged to independently explore, research and acquire techniques and develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in a range of Fine Art media.