Students begin at St Olave's with a variety of experiences within Art education; some pupils enter Year 7 with a wide variety of skills and knowledge, others will have had very little exposure to the subject. We endeavour to enthuse all ability ranges equally, advancing and introducing new techniques cohesively throughout the Key Stage.
Drawing is a core activity within each project in Year 7 and will be used throughout Key Stage 3 and beyond. The course is designed to advance these skills and to broaden students’ perception of the subject. Painting plays an important role in the understanding of colour and in the students’ observational work. Analysis of artists and contextual studies are a consistent source of inspiration and discussion.
During Art lessons every pupil will use a sketchbook for their class work, homework, sketching and visualising ideas. The Artwork Record Sheet is filled in every lesson, keeping a record of experiences and activities, and marks for class and homework.
Students complete Key Stage 3 in two years, with 3 periods a fortnight and choose whether to continue onto GCSE at the end of Year 8. During Key Stage 3 pupils will work through their projects, based around the guidelines expected at GCSE and A Level: Researching, Experimenting, Recording and Presenting. They will also be introduced to the three disciplines we teach at Key Stage 4: Fine Art, Photography and Graphic Communication.
Students are encouraged to think laterally and question the motivations of Artists and their work. As students become more independent, their work reflects a more personal response and this prepares them for the next stage of Art education.
Within both Year 7 and Year 8 we encourage students to be as creative as possible when approaching each task. Art History and analysis play as important a role as the skills they acquire in painting, sculpting, lens-based media and graphic design. We aim to mould imaginative, inquisitive students who are able to think originally and apply this approach to their future endeavours.