Havant & South Downs College A-Level Fine Art
Under the guidance of lecturers Mark Kellett and Chris Cook, the outstanding standard achieved by the students’ hard work reassures us that the future of our local art scene will be a bright one!
Due to lockdown, the college was unable to put on a final show this year for students, friends and family, so Mark approached us to ask if we could help out by showcasing their talent. We were more than happy to help!
We asked the lecturer…
The students are aged 17-18 and in their 2nd year of the A-level Fine Art course at the HSDC (Havant campus).
What does the course cover?
The course covers a wide range of approaches to fine art disciplines. After covering the basics in year one and learning how to research artists, experiment with media and documenting ideas the students focus on a personal investigation project which is 60% of their A-level grade.
How do you approach the curriculum differently to other colleges?
The students have lots of freedom to explore ideas and they are encouraged to play with media normally out of their comfort zone.
How hard have your students worked this year?
I’m super proud of all my students this year and how they have adapted to life in lockdown. I know most students have struggled to find motivation at times but I’ve tried to keep spirits high through chats via Google Hangouts. Without sounding too soppy I’ve really missed them all, along with the day to day banter.
Why did you decide to put together an ‘online’ exhibition this year?
One of the highlights of the year for me is the end of year show as the students get to show off their excellent work and celebrate with family and friends. So I was really gutted that this wasn’t possible due to COVID-19 and I started to look for alternative ways to show off the talented students we have this year.
I would like to wish all of my students good luck with whatever the future holds!
– Mark Kellett