The map linked below outlines how we have sequenced our Art Curriculum to enable Maidstonians to build their knowledge and skills towards clear end points.
- Art Years 7-13 Curriculum Outline 2022-2023
Key Stage 3: Years 7-8
Over a fortnightly timetable, KS3 art students receive:
- 2 hours of guided classroom learning
- 1 hour of homework
Key Stage 4: Years 9-11
Qualification:GCSE Fine Art
Exam board: AQA
Over a fortnightly timetable, GCSE art students receive:
- 4 hours of guided classroom learning.
- 2 hours of homework.
Key Stage 5: Years 12-13
Qualification: A Level Fine Art
Exam board: AQA
Over a fortnightly timetable, A Level art students receive:
- 8 hours of guided classroom learning.
- 10 hours of homework.
Art is an extremely popular option at GCSE and A Level and we send a steady stream of Maidstonians to Foundation and Degree courses across the country, and ultimately into successful careers in Fine Art, Design, Architecture, Film, Game Design, Graphics, Engineering, Education and many other creative fields. Visit our Careers webpages to find out more.
Students at all levels are frequently invited to enter juried competitions, and our students have an excellent track record of prize and bursary winnings, such as the Downton Exhibitions at County Hall, the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies, and the Association of Men of Kent & Kentish Men.
Visits to galleries, exhibitions, and museums play an important role in the art curriculum. Visits have included The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, the Courtauld Gallery, and the University of London Art Lectures series. There are many opportunities for international visits via the many departmental trips and visits annually to such places as Paris, Milan, and Barcelona.
Our Annual Summer Exhibition showcases our best GCSE and Sixth Form work, and attracts both corporate sponsorship and coverage in the local press. Recent Guests of Honour have included international artist Ralph Steadman, Watercolour Challenge host Mike Chaplin, sculptor Paula Groves, UCA Foundation Head Mike Addison, Head of National Gallery Exhibitions Michael Wilson, and BP Portrait Awardwinner Joel Ely.
The Art department offers a wide range of clubs to all Maidstonians, which include:
- How to Photoshop
- How to draw…really well
- How to use Blender
- Art Club