Art and Design
Art and design is something we take for granted in our children’s school curriculums. We picture young children donning overalls for a spot of messy play, however, it goes far beyond this. Art and design is very important from a cultural perspective. A strong art education can give young people an appreciation of why art matters, where it comes from, and where it fits in a wider social, historical and political context. As well as being an enjoyable and pleasurable subject to study, art gives students an understanding of the world, and themselves, by looking at what’s been expressed by others before them.
This is why King’s College India takes its Art curriculum very seriously; it is the main gateway to creativity, imagination and confidence: skills that are transferable to every other subject on the school curriculum, and critically, are indispensable in a wide array of jobs.
Why study Art and Design?
Art and Design lessons provide visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. Art classes are available throughout our school and can be studied at IGCSE level and beyond. The IGCSE Art & Design syllabus aims to encourage a personal response by stimulating imagination, sensitivity, conceptual thinking, powers of observation and analytical ability.
In their weekly lessons, students learn to use colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. They explore ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers. They learn about the diverse roles and functions of art, craft and design in contemporary life, and in different times and cultures. We also have an Artist in residence who helps build Art into our community and initiates Art projects.
The art classroom is one of the most beautiful classrooms in our school, from its array of colours and pictures displayed on the walls to seeing the happiness on the children’s faces every time they enter the room is truly remarkable. Everything is located within that classroom to foster children’s creativity: brushes, paints, colours, papers of all different materials and sizes, etc). This is the room in which inspiration and visionary thinking takes place.