Art is not only about knowledge and skill but also a record of the evolution process of civilization. It is the evidence of human civilization which represents some of the highest forms of human creativity. Art education is to inspire students to develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design through practice and theory. Students then contribute their creativity to society and become part of the culture.

Based on the National Curriculum for England, students at KIS learn a wide range of art and design knowledge and technique, including visual elements, design principles, and the history of art, as well as manipulate various mediums in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture.

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Year 1 to 6, students learn how to create basic shape, form, pattern, and scenes, with various mediums to achieve aesthetic purpose. The learning objectives are listed below.

  • Quicken creativity and imagination
  • Develop ideas with colour theory
  • Select and organize information for creation
  • Select an appropriate medium to express feeling and ideas

Year 7 to 9, students are taught to develop ideas and technique in drawing, painting, design, printmaking and sculpture. The learning objectives are listed below.

  • Develop skill and knowledge
  • Approach the basic theory of art and design
  • Develop ideas from observations, experience, memories and imagination
  • Select appropriate knowledge, technique and processes to communicate ideas and feelings

Year 10 and 11 students follow the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) syllabus. First, students learn observation drawing by using various mediums, then develop their own idea from initial attempts to final solutions. They explore to various aspects of Art and Design through practice and art history study. Students are required to complete one coursework and one exam at year 11. Please view “KIS IGCSE options Booklet” for more details.

Year 12 and 13 students follow the Cambridge International AS and A Level syllabus which is an advanced level from IGCSE. Students are expected to produce more sophisticated artwork for their coursework and exam. Please view “KIS A Levels options Booklet” for more details.

The purposes of assessment in art and design is to encourage and motivate students, help students develop self-confidence and self-respect, and develop students’ interest in art. Students are assessed by learning process and learning outcome. The learning process includes develop ideas, learning attitudes, learning behavior and effort. The learning outcome concerns the quality of visual images and the ability of manipulate mediums.

Students from Year 1 to Year 9 are assessed by their classwork. All artworks, tasks, and activities will receive marks. Marks are awarded based on creativity, aesthetic, technique, and class participation.

Year 10 students are assessed by both classwork and exam.

There are internal and external assessments for Year 11, 12 and 13 students which include coursework and exam. The assessment criteria is based on the Cambridge IGCSE and A Level standard.