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    Art at Kimbolton is for everyone.  Each child has the opportunity to be creative in painting, printmaking and sculpture during their school career here.  We offer a broad, inclusive approach to the subject.  Our large rooms and small classes enable us to be ambitious with scale, media and materials. Our beautiful grounds, trips to galleries and residential visits to Burwell House make it possible to take art out of the classroom throughout the year.

    Kimbolton School Art Department
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    Departmental Staff

    Head of Art

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    First to Third Forms – compulsory for all pupils

    Pupils study Art for half of the academic year, in groups of about 12, in the First and Second Forms. In the Third Form they choose two subjects from Art, Design Technology Engineering, and Food & Nutrition; those that choose Art study it all year in groups of about 16.
    In the First and Second Forms, pupils cover a wide variety of ever-changing projects. These are based around the formal elements of Art and Design, such as colour, line, tone and proportion.  In the Third Form pupils work on individual, independent projects based on a chosen theme.

    Fourth and Fifth Forms – GCSE optional subject

    Our course is the AQA Art and Design: Fine Art Endorsement.
    • The course has a controlled coursework unit worth 60% and an exam unit worth 40% of the final mark.
    • In the Fourth Form, pupils work across all areas of fine art before picking one area to specialise in.

    Sixth Form – A Level optional subject

    We offer three different Art A Level Subjects:
    • AQA Art and Design: Fine Art (7202) The course has 2 components. Component 1: Personal Investigation (60%), which includes a 3000 word essay. Component 2: Externally-set assignment (40%) to be completed in Feb to May of Upper Sixth Form year. 

    Fine Art students will usually be taught by two members of staff and will be introduced to at least three artistic disciplines, such as Ceramics, Printmaking and Painting. Students in the Lower Sixth year, will develop skills and create one sustained portfolio project and this is internally assessed. It is essential that students become personally involved in the subject and further their interests by reading art reviews, watching art documentaries and independently visiting art galleries. In the Upper Sixth all students create a unit of personal investigation for their coursework unit and are required to produce a 3000-word essay charting the development of their work and the artistic influences upon it. The A level exam is 15 hours long and sat in May of the Upper Sixth year and following that is an open exhibition in the summer term.

    7th Period Super-Curriculum: Using department specialists we extend a student’s knowledge of industry software packages such as Adobe’s Lightroom, Indesign and Photoshop; creating book design covers among other projects. In addition, we develop analytical and reflective skills by reading and reviewing the art periodicals in the library.

    • OCR Art & Design – Critical & Contextual Studies (H606)  The course has 2 components. Component 1: Personal Investigation in to the Theory of Art (60%), which includes a 3000 word essay. Component 2: Externally set assignment (40%) - to be completed in Feb to May of Upper Sixth Form year.

    In the Lower Sixth Form, students study works of Art that contain a narrative. They explore the imagery and unravel the story behind the piece. In the Upper Sixth Form they build on this early research to develop their own area of study. The most essential skill that is developed is the ability to analyse artwork. This entails asking questions, such as: Who produced it? How was it made? Why does it look the way it does? Students will be using Art History knowledge to put artists and their work into context, as well as analysing the concepts and stories behind the art pieces. It is a fascinating, broad and complex subject.

    7th Period Super-Curriculum Kimbolton Castle offers a rich basis from which to explore our own art works, the life of Pelligrini and the Manchester Family. Using our archivist and the Heritage room students will explore the history of us!

    • Art & Design – Photography (7206) The course has 2 components. Component 1: Personal Investigation (60%), which includes a 3000 word essay. Component 2: Externally set assignment (40%) - to be completed in Feb to May of Upper Sixth Form year.

    The course is based around the development of an individual’s photographic skills. We aim to develop camera craft, a student’s ability to compose a good photo in the camera. We will develop a student’s practical skills, teaching the fundamentals of photography through workshop style lessons. In addition, students will learn about the history of Photography and research key 20th Century photographers. As the course develops, we will explore Adobe’s Lightroom and Photoshop software packages, as well as the more traditional darkroom techniques.

    7th Period Super-Curriculum Students use this session to extend and enrich their knowledge of contemporary photographers and contemporary art analysis. They will explore how photography can influence graphic and web design, as well as enrich their understanding of the theory of art in the media today.  

    Extra-Curricular Activities

    The Art Department is open after school four nights a week.  Students can use this time to improve coursework, work on Art homework or develop a piece of their own art. We also participate in the National Arts Award Scheme.

    Regular Trips, Visitors and Competitions

    • All Examination groups visit galleries at least once a year.
    • In the Sixth Form we take students on a three day residential trip to Burwell House, near Anglesey Abbey.  This trip enables students to try life drawing and film making as well as painting, printing and sculpture.
    • In the last three years there have been optional art trips to Paris, Florence and Venice, during February half term.
    • We have strong links with the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and regularly visit the galleries in London. 
    • We often use outside artists and speakers, and run an annual Summer Art Competition which is open to all ages.