The Art Department at KC offers exciting opportunities to girls who wish to use creative visual images as a form of expression. Our aim is to offer students a broad fine-art visual vocabulary, making it possible for them to realise their ideas, and to complete visually powerful and technically sound results.
Housed in the iconic Susanna Wesley Library & Arts Centre, which opened in March 2013, the Kent College Art department occupies three large and light-filled studios which include separate working areas for GCSE and A level pupils. Those taking Art at the highest level have an individual working space allocated for the duration of the two year course. This allows them to work during their free lessons as well as after school.
There is a spacious Art Resources area which combines the extensive collection of department books with an open gallery area. Adobe Photoshop is available on the school network. Students also have access to high definition digital cameras as part of their recording work. Work in the studio is enhanced whenever possible by trips to London galleries.
Art is essentially a visual subject and hopefully the images of students' work which you see here will say more of their creative achievements than words alone. Visitors to the school will also see an impressive art display in the main entrance foyer and are always welcome to have a look around the department and gallery space to talk to some of our talented young artists and see more of their exciting work.
Art scholarships are available to talented candidates who join the school at age 11 + 13+ and 16+.
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Years 7, 8 & 9
Girls are given an introduction to a range of drawing, painting, modelling and printing skills. They learn about the importance of art in society and they are encouraged to explore the many different ways they can research their ideas. This includes the use of computers, which play an important role in the creation and enhancement of images.
The aim in Years 7, 8 and 9 is to provide each pupil with the knowledge and understanding of the formal elements of Art and design (line, form, tone, pattern, colour and texture), through a variety of projects and units of work. They will then have the best opportunity to succeed if they study creatively at a higher level.
GCSE Art & Design
Girls are able to follow the 'Creative Process' from an initial idea, through the various stages of research, experimentation and analysis, to the finished artwork. Great emphasis is placed on the use of sketchbooks to record all aspects of work. At the end of year 11 an exhibition where all GCSE work produced during the coursework (60%) and examination project (40%) is presented.
A level Art
Examination results are extremely impressive at KC, demonstrating the achievements of our pupils year after year.
(Upper and Lower Sixth Form) - Students with creative, imaginative minds and plenty of energy enjoy A level Art. It can be immensely challenging but is also extremely rewarding.
Girls have the opportunity to express their ideas in a wide range of two and three-dimensional media alongside exploring the artistic possibilities of varied approaches, from observational study to abstraction.
Sketchbooks are considered just as important as finished pieces of artwork, and girls use them to show all stages of the development of their ideas. Life drawing sessions are part of the termly programme and the department arrange for a local visiting artist and model to offer two sessions per term for A level and GCSE pupils.
The A level requires girls to produce a major piece of coursework and supporting studies, referred to as a 'portfolio’. The choice of subject matter is entirely the girls’ own choice, and is triggered by a written related research study. The Portfolio and related study are worth 60% of the overall grade. In January the girls are given an exam paper which includes a variety of starting points, and they must produce a second body of work inspired their choice. The final outcome for this unit is produced under exam conditions in 15hours in May.
In 2012 a field trip to Venice for Sixth Form Art students was introduced with great success. This has become a bi-annual trip (numbers depending) and offers a unique opportunity for girls studying Art, Art critical with Photography and Textiles, to engage with one of the most visually stimulating cities in the world.
In recent years many Sixth Form leavers have taken up the offer of places on Art foundation courses, on leaving school, and have then progressed to a wide range of creative degree courses.
Following this, qualified artists and designers proceed to careers in areas such as fine art, photography, graphics, illustration, architecture, industrial design, fashion design, furniture design, textile design, theatre design, film and television, ceramics and jewellery design.
Photography A Level
Photography was added as an A level choice in 2013. Primarily digital, the department uses DSLR cameras with a wide range of additional lenses and has a small "pack shot" area with studio lighting, and dark room to facilitate girls who wish to experience traditional wet printing.
In addition to post production work using Photoshop and High definition bracketing software, Animation is an available additional process, where girls are able to progress to "the moving image", and are able to shoot and edit stop frame sequences to music using Adobe Premiere editing software.
There are annual exhibitions for both GCSE and A level students which are a celebration of the work completed over the course. These are opened with a formal evening where girls can invite their families, tutors and friends to view their work over canapés and a glass of wine.