King's College School

Coeducational Independent Prep school in Cambridge

KCS

Programmes of Study

Our 2-year rolling programme gives every child in Years 4-7 a broad range of artistic experiences. During their final year at King’s College School, Year 8 pupils are given more independence to work on their own project.

The program below is designed to provide both structure and flexibility. It may be adapted to respond to current events, including local exhibitions, school trips and the work of visiting artists.


Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 3

Paul Klee, pastel drawings, self portraits pencil drawings, Andy Warhol, pop art posters, Line drawings with black pens, Christmas cards and Rembrandt, learning to appreciate his painting of the shepherds.

Watercolour painting of River Nile, Textiles; African patterns painted on hessian, contemporary African animal designs, skills in colour mixing/shades Pastel drawings of clouds, observational drawings of rocks, detailed pattern work of mummy cases, Clay work; making Ancient Egyptian amulets, printing of Ancient Egyptian designs and creating a 3D Ancient Egyptian museum.

Year 4

Drawing and Painting

Pencil, ink, pen ,charcoal, pastel, coloured pencil.

Ready mixed paint , water colours, oils, acrylic coloured inks.

Digital Media/Choice

Photography, computer generated images, interactive art websites.

Print Making

Lino printing, press prints, card and string printing, mono printing.

Year 5

Sculpture

Clay, Mod Roc, paper mache, plaster, wire, junk materials, willow.

Textiles

Weaving, sewing, patchwork, silk painting, batik, felting, fabric printing, fabric collage.

Collage and Mixed Media

Magazines, newspapers, coloured papers, fabrics, feathers, gems, oil pastels, felt tip pens.

Year 6

Print Making

Lino printing, press prints, card and string printing, mono-printing.

Sculpture

Clay, Mod Roc, paper mache, plaster, wire, junk materials, willow.

Digital Media/Choice

Photography, computer generated images,  interactive art websites.

Year 7

Drawing and Painting

Pencil, ink, pen ,charcoal, pastel, coloured pencil.

Ready mixed paint , water colours, oils, acrylic coloured inks.

Print Making

Lino printing, press prints, card and string printing, mono-printing.

Textiles

Weaving, sewing, patchwork, silk painting, batik, felting, fabric printing, fabric collage

Year 8

Portrait Project

3D Sculpture

Leavers' Project (collaborative work)

Sample Project Themes

Year 4: Autumn Term Painting Animals Project

Inspirations: pupils use a variety of books, posters and magazines, as well as the internet, as stimuli for ideas.  They make close observations of shape, texture, pattern and colour.

Demonstrations: pupils learn how to hold pencils to create large compositions with a light touch. They use of different brushes to create a variety of textures. Children also learn how to vary the application of paint.

Drawing: pupils make preparatory drawings in their sketchbook of at least 2 different animals, to generate ideas. They then transpose their chosen animal onto an A2 piece of card, with a light outline, to establish the overall composition. Children create an imaginative background.

Painting: pupils experiment with paint and a variety of brushes, in their sketch books, exploring texture and colour. On their A2 composition, they are encouraged to think about texture, pattern and colour.

Year 6: Autumn Term Felting Project

Inspirations: pupils produce mixed media observational work of sea life, using a variety of sources.

Experimental: children create water colours of seascapes and underwater scenes. They also try printing using real fish, in order to explore shape and texture.

Demonstrations:  pupils view the work of felting artists.

Felt Work: children plan their composition, considering the layout, colours, background and foreground. They then choose colours and follow the wet felting process to create their background. The procedure is repeated to create the foreground.