Extra-curricular programming at
St Paul's Girls' School
For the past 5 years I have been responsible for the delivery and development of extra curricular provision at St Paul's Girls' School, an independant girls school in west London.
‘Junior Art Club’ for years 7 and 8 explores skill and technique based learning, ‘Gallery Society’ for years 9 and 10 focusses on contextualisation of process and is supported by a gallery visit each half term, and year 11-13 are supported by weekly life drawing classes which are taught by a variety of tutors in order to explore a variety of approaches. The freedom that extra-curricular activity allows opens up a space where focus can be placed on experimentation, attempting to alleviate some of the anxiety and requirement to produce a finished art object. The staging of this across the year groups starts with exposing pupils to as many skills, methods and techniques as possible, providing pupils with the ability to choose appropriate methods for their art making, schemes of work for this group have been developed with this in mind, often combining an industry application to the projects, for example exploring a variety of drawing techniques through illustrating a story. With Gallery Society contextualisation is key to the schemes of work, the emphasis is placed on thinking and disseminating. The after school sessions were supported by a diverse programme of gallery visits including Barbara Hepworth at Tate Britain, Ai Weiwei at The Royal Academy, Champagne Life (a showacase of female artists work) at the Saatchi Gallery and Das Institut at the Serpentine Gallery.
Included is a gallery of images illustrating the breadth of work, I am very pleased to discuss new working partnerships and have a lot of further information on these clubs which was a bit dense to appear here, please get in touch should you have further interest in these programmes.