The Visual Arts are a valued part of the O’Loughlin curriculum. Through the specialist subject areas of Fine Art and Graphic Design students can gain experience using a wide range of traditional and digital media.
The Visual Art programs from Year 7 to Year 12 focus on progressive skill development in both traditional and digital media; starting with observational drawing skills, tonal mark-making and basic colour theory in Year 7 to sophisticated use of paint, mixed media and digital communication in Year 12.
Creative Arts Festival
Every year the creative achievements of O’Loughlin Catholic College students are celebrated at our Creative Arts Festival. For this event the Art and Graphics studios become Gallery exhibition areas and the school courtyard is transformed with lanterns, sculptures, art work, and textile pieces. Stages are set up to showcase Drama and musical performances, and tasty treats allow us to experience the culinary delights of our Food Technology students. A bar and sausage sizzle add to a festival atmosphere designed to bombard all of our senses in one memorable evening.
Creative Arts trip
A highlight for every Year 12 Art, Design and Drama student is the Creative Arts Trip. This trip takes students to a key arts city (Melbourne, Sydney or Canberra, dependent on the exhibitions and performances available) to view high profile Art, Design and Performance works at highly regarded institutions. Opportunities to visit relevant universities, design studios and performance groups are exploited and the students return to Darwin inspired and invigorated for their creative endeavours back at College.
Our 2013 students get a taste of the ‘Brett Whiteley Experience’ in Sydney
The Fridge Festival
In 2010 one of our Year 12 students created a painted fridge for Darwin’s first Fridge Festival (no that’s not a spelling mistake!). It was so well received that it inspired a whole Year 11 project the following year… and the next year…and a tradition was born!