Art and Design is an essential part of all societies and cultures and here at Kensington we believe it is a vital part of the development of students, strengthening their ability to think, express, communicate and analyse in an increasingly visual world. The Art and Design department is an innovative, forward thinking department which aims to harness our student’s creativity and motivation in becoming skilled artists and appreciators of art.
At KS3 the Art and Design Curriculum is designed to teach a wide variety of practical skills within the context of historical and contemporary artists, movements and designers. All aspects of Art and Design are incorporated during the 3 year course, including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and design, with each year of the course building up skills and understanding of the subject through exciting and relevant projects. In addition to technical skills, students learn how to improve visual literacy through research and analysis of their own and others artworks. At Kensington we endeavour to maximise on the cultural wealth of Barcelona, studying important Spanish and Catalan artists, designers and architects through educational trips to galleries and museums. We also celebrate the wealth of backgrounds of our students and our flexible curriculum reflects the global nature of the school.
At KS4 and 5 (Forms 4-6) students have the option of studying for the iGCSE Art and Design (Fine Art) and Fine Art A-Level courses. Students continue to develop their technical skills through thematic projects which allow for increasingly personal practice. This means that students are able to express themselves as individuals and focus on personal areas of interest, whilst gaining a broad and balanced range of skills. The research component of each course also develops research and analytical skills and iGCSE and A-Level students frequently conduct visits to exhibitions. Both the iGCSE and A level are rigorous qualifications which demonstrate the candidate’s ability to think independently, formulate and communicate coherent ideas, research and analyse, evaluate and refine their practice and produce a relevant personal response to a set theme.
The iGCSE is assessed through an externally set examination project conducted at the end of Form 5, where students create a body of work over a 6 week period culminating in a final piece produced in a 10 hour timed examination (split over a number of days).
A level students are assessed through two units: Unit 1 Personal Portfolio (60%), consisting of independent work based on a theme chosen by the student, and the Externally Set Task (40%) set by the exam board. Creativity, innovation and experimentation are valued and students are encouraged to push the boundaries of their artistic practice, be it through 3D, digital or conceptual media. Their final examination takes place between February and May and culminates in an 8 hour timed
Miss Helen Bradbury
Head of Art