At Key Stage 3, learners will experience a broad a rich curriculum comprising:
Year 7 - Art Topics:
Discuss and discover the Formal Elements, Natural Forms and portraiture themes with artists; Georgia O’Keeffe and Yayoi Kusama and Wander Wultz. Skills: Develop drawing, painting, mixed-media and printmaking techniques.
Year 7 - Textiles Topics:
Discuss and learn how to use the sewing equipment safely. Skills: Design and Hand/Machine sewing, theme based on ‘Working from the Imagination’ textile designers; David Shillinglaw
Year 8 - Art Topics:
Discuss and discover the Formal Elements, theme based loosely on ‘Working from the Imagination’ artists; Henri Matisse, Friedrensreich Hundertwasser, Jon Burgerman and Keith Haring. Skills: Develop collage, painting, design, and relief sculpture techniques.
Year 8 - Textiles Topics:
Discuss and recap how to use the sewing equipment safely. The work is themed loosely on animals. Skills: Design and Hand/Machine sewing, develop techniques such as ‘free machine embroidery’ and applique, textile designers; Mark Herald
At Key Stage 4, students study BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Art and Design Practice. Over the length of the course, learners will study:
- Component 1 - Generating Ideas in Art and Design
- Component 2 – Develop Practical Skills in Art and Design
- Component 3 - Responding to a Brief
Art in the Sixth Form (Key Stage 5)
In the Sixth Form, Art students will be timetabled four single one hour periods of Art a week. In Year 12 they follow a two year AQA GCE A Level Fine Art course. In Year 12 students develop and extend their skills from GCSE and work towards an internal Mock AS Art Exam at the end of Year 12. While in Year 13 they undertake two units: The Portfolio Unit (60% of the final grade) and a 15 hour Timed Exam Unit (40% weighting of the course). The exam board and specification followed at Kingswood is also AQA GCE A Level Fine Art.
Throughout Year 12 the art students might find themselves working in the following disciplines; Painting and Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, Photography, Mixed-Media and Textile processes/techniques. It is expected that the art students will use at least three of their 'free' lessons or more to extend their studies in order to keep up with the expected standard of work at A level.