Art and design embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity. At John F Kennedy School students receive a high-quality art and design education that engages, inspires and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and designs.
The art and design team consists of three dedicated members of staff, who are able to offer a wealth of experience and knowledge to our students. Our studios consist of three newly build multipurpose classrooms, a sixth form studio space and a dedicated exhibition area, all of which provide a stimulating, inspiring and creative environment, where students can enjoy learning, be creative, develop confidence and reach their full potential. Students are encouraged to use the studios in their own time, which makes for a lively and productive department where students are well supported.
At Key Stage three students learn to reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, both contemporary and historical, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They will develop key skills within art and design including drawing skills, colour theory, painting and sculpture, as well as learning new techniques in printmaking, photography and digital art. Throughout the course, students make regular use of their art journals, which provide a vehicle for experimentation, self-expression and the development of ideas and acts as a visual diary to support the creative process.
As pupils progress, they are challenged to think more critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. Themes at GCSE and A Level are broad ranging and often reflect current practices and exhibitions within the art and design world. Topics are structured to encourage students to take a personal approach and develop confidence in creative risk taking. Students have the opportunity to build upon their existing knowledge of materials and techniques and learn how to utilise them as a visual communication tool, culminating in a series of highly creative and personal outcomes.
Extra-curricular opportunities include life drawing workshops, visiting major galleries in London, and creative trips abroad. Trips in recent years have included visiting Paris, New York, Berlin and Amsterdam. Art clubs, skills workshops and competitions are also offered across the school year groups and an annual school creative exhibition is held in the summer, celebrating the outstanding achievement of our students.
We have an excellent record of attainment at both GCSE and A Level with many of our students going on to study at foundation and degree level, recent students being accepted to Central St Martins, The London College of Fashion and Newcastle University.