In the Art Department at St Olave’s we aim to provide a stimulating, broad based curriculum geared towards the confident and aspiring artist as well as the less assured. In providing a wide range of possibilities in media and projects, we aim to open up art to all of our pupils, catering for all interests, disciplines and abilities.
Over the years pupils may explore (in addition to the more traditional curriculum of drawing and painting), printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, textiles. The curriculum framework allows for adaptations in the expression of particular disciplines year on year, responding to the needs and interests of pupils as well as the influences of what is happening in the art world and the world around us.
Our curriculum is devised so that year on year pupils will tackle projects which are incrementally more challenging and which build on previous learning, knowledge and experience.
Pupils can then choose to develop the work in a more individual and creative way to reflect their interests. Pupils generally work individually, but there are opportunities for collaboration in small groups and, on occasion, as a whole class.
We aim to provide an environment where all pupils feel valued for the work they produce and for their thoughts and opinions on artistic endeavour. We pride ourselves on building confident learners, who have assurance in the practical expression of their ideas, and who are able to express themselves in two and three dimensions as well as to evaluate it verbally; pupils who can talk about their own work and that of others, as well as expressing their opinions on the work of established artists.
Vikings/Anglo Saxons (History link)
Monsters (English link)
Rainforest (Geography link)
Still life (linear)- comparison and recording of size and shape
Photography, soft pastel, oil pastel, felt pen
Colour mixing and control and application of paint
Light and shade – contrast; control of media
Textile collage with print
Water colour and marker pen
Free cut collage
Print (classics link) Greek and Roman Vases
Positive and Negative
Water study – creative interpretation
Clay: slabbed technique. Construction methods; modelling and texture; joining technique; underglaze decoration.
Wide variety of application techniques – printed, sponged,sgraffitto, scraped etc. Washes and resists; layering. Mixed media work (collaged additions
Introduction to printmaking Monoprinting with stencils
Charcoal study – tonal effects (shadow and light), mark making (texture)
Relative positions and sizes. More complex shapes than J1-plants, drapes and pots
Collage –orientation, tessellation, repeat.
Collage materials – noting artists style, use of colour and embellishment, create a decorative piece for the Klimt tree.
Wax and wash – control of the media (not too much wax!)
Leaf dish – clay study
Finding form and surface -Charcoal
Managing white clay; Working finely; impressing a design; making a hump mould; controlled rolling of coils; finely finished edges; control of paint- prevention of ‘muddiness’
Working from a solid – squeezing and manipulating shape. Hollowing out. Making even pairs (wings and feet). Emphasis on quality of surface.
Soft pastel study. Manipulating media –blending and linear/textural contrasts
Watercolour: washes; Noting choice of colour to reflect P. effects. mark making with different brush strokes
Designing stencils; Development of repeatable pattern; organisation on fabric; Painted dye control (clarity and rhythmical mark making); organisation of waxing process.
Pen. Pencil, biro: practise in developing elipses and sketching in three dimensions.
Still Life - Fruit and drape
‘Fruit’ Dish – graphics and Clay
Ceramics – hollow forms: pinched pots with coiling
Still life –brio
Clay and plaster moulds. Creating an even and smooth surface.
Developing a range of prints: consideration of positive and negative, colour contrasts and harmonies; achieving a clean print; editioning
Creating two matching hemispheres, extending with coils and joining into one whole.
Study of joined simple geometric shapes. Rounded and cuboid forms
Pencil, pen, biro. Development of understanding and practise in recording of three dimensional shape
Architecture – understanding and recording complex images
York Minster and Cathedrals
Exploring drawing through a range of media (hard, soft, shiny,fluffy,floppy etc)
Still life – buns and cakes
Close focus flowers-Georgia O'Keeffe
Washing line – draped items
Confidence in direct sketching – multi drawings in biro: proportion, line aspect, angle
Making choices from a range of media and appropriate handling for the subject matter
Logical organisation through process and management of the technique. Three layer print.
Pencil and soft pastel
Poster paint. Looking at subtleties of change in white (icing) and how to capture this
Watercolour – brush use, extending experience in washes,overlaying, wet in wet, wet on dry etc
Soft pastel- developing subtleties of hue within monotone and monochrome items
Noting changes in shape and pattern – charcoal and chalk
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