Here at St Michael's we believe that high quality art engages, inspires and challenges pupils to experiment, invent and create. Through our art provision, children will increase their sense of achievement and self confidence to explore creatively in a visual way.
In both the Foundation stage and Key Stage 1, curriculum art is linked to topics and taught by the class teacher. At Key Stage 2, art is also linked to topics and is taught both in class as well as by Mrs Fraser.
We rotate our skills focus, ensuring that all elements of art are included and a progression of techniques developed. The skills of collage, drawing, painting, printing, textiles, 3D and use of ICT are all covered.
Our art curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:-
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording experiences
- develop control in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
- evaluate and analyse our own and others work
- explore great artists, craft makers and designers and understand their place in history and culture
See below to explore the projects each year group has been working on.
During this year we have learnt how to weave on a paper plate loom, weaving the weft through the warp strings, to create a winter tree. It was tricky to keep the pattern of under and over going then remembering to do the opposite on the way back, but we managed it! Some of our trees were decorated with beads and a star.
For this project we looked at the work of Paul Cezanne. We studied the form of different fruit and other objects, creating sketched still life compositions. Finally, we produced a 3D fruit using papier mache, painting them carefully to make them look as real as possible. The aim was to add them to our fruit bowls at home to see if anyone tried to eat them!
As part of our topic on Prehistory we looked at the importance of the hand prints found inside caves. We created our own negative hand prints and added images inside that represented things we liked. For a background we chose between a natural colour palatte or colours from the Primary and Secondary colour wheel. We then moved on to creating clay bone and teeth necklaces to wear on our Prehistory WOW day. Finally we studied the pottery of the Beaker Tribe, creating our own coil pots.
In year 4 we explored the work of Swiss artist Rosalind Monks. We studied insects through magnifying glasses, observing all the tiny parts, creating pencil drawings which we then enlarged and decorated with patterns. The results of the project were so good that we sent some photos to the artist. The children were very excited when we received reply. Rosalind was very impressed.
As part of our Disaster topic we studied 'The Great Wave off Kanagawa' by Katsushika Hokusai. We explored different mediums and techniques in each section, such as oil pastels, water colour washes, stronger water colour and acrylic paint. We particularly enjoyed adding the water spray by flicking paint off toothbrushes!
Year 5 began by stamping, stencilling and generally attacked fabric with paint to create a graffiti composition. On to this we added our own tag word, sewing it all together using various stitches e.g. back, running, and zigzag. The great thing about graffiti sewing is that it needs to look all uneven and edgy on purpose! We then added a backing to create our final cushions to take home.
One of Year 5's favourite projects is creating aliens creatures out of clay. Using a pinch pot as the open mouth, we added teeth, tongues, eyes and anything else we fancied. Every time we joined any piece of clay to another we used the 5 rules so that they stayed put (score / score / slip / wiggle/ smooth). Our gorgeous little creatures were then painted with acrylic paint and varnished.
Henri Rousseau and Henri Matisse were our inspiration for our Rainforest art project. We studied the form of rainforest plant leaves then created stencils and block prints based on them. These were used to print our background. On to this we added a chalk and/or oil pastel toucan. Some of the toucan's are real species, some are 'new to science'!
Year 6 investigated Chocolate (great topic!) so we looked at sweet wrappers, the colours and fonts used and linked that to the work of Pop Artists, such as James Rosenquist and Roy Lichtenstein. Blowing up a chosen part of a wrapper, we created a design that was painted in acrylic to keep the strong colours. We also used sweet wrappers to create collages of a mundane everyday object. We needed LOADS of wrapper for this – thanks to all the staff who selflessly ate chocolate so we could use the wrappers!
Using the computer programme Paint.net we created cartoon versions of ourselves in the style of Julian Opie (who made the famous Blur album cover). It’s quiet a laborious process, building up the outline of face and hair by bending lots of individual lines.
Following on from our bright and bold Pop Art project we turned our sights on the visual illusion work of Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely. We created our own visual illusions by weaving strips of paper through a paper loom. We then turned our skills to origami.