Art & Design

Welcome to Art & Design at St. Matthew's 2017 - 2018
This year we are all working on brand new topics. 
Our Art week in Spring will be coming up shortly ... 
During Autumn Term, we had an Arts week where each class studied: 

Year 1 - Nature sculptures

Children will have the opportunity to learn about different kinds of nature sculptures and explore the work of Andy Goldsworthy and other environmental artists. Children will use natural materials to master skills in; model making, observational drawing, collecting material, ephemeral land art and group sculpture building. The final piece will be a multimedia collage which brings together and celebrates their work.

Year 2 - Portraits

Children will learn about portraits, and use of different materials and techniques when making their own. They will also have the opportunity to explore the work of Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol, and create artwork inspired by them.

Year 3 - Autumn

Children will learn how to use pencil, colour, paint, print, collage and paper to create quality art work that shows progression in skills. They will have the opportunity to explore the work of several paintings of Autumn scenes, also works by Matisse and by Cezanne.

Year 4 - Insects

Children will learn how to use pencil, colour, mosaic design, puppet making and sculpture to create quality artwork that shows progression in their skills. The children will also have the opportunity to explore the work of a range of ‘Insect’ artists, in particular, Louise Bourgeois and Jennifer Angus.

Year 5 - South and Central America

Children will learn how to make clay monkeys, make picture puzzles using symbols, make dream catchers, draw an important person, create a collage and make traditional drums to create quality artwork that shows progression in skills. They will also have the opportunity to explore the work of South American artists Frida Khalo, Joaquin Torres Garcia, Leonora Carrington, Diego Rivera, Beatriz Milhazes and Carlos Paez Vilaro.

Year 6 - Ancient Egypt

Children will use a pencil, pen and charcoal, to make clay faces and model in paper and papier mache to create quality art work that shows progression in their skills. The children will also have the opportunity to explore the work of Leger, Hockney and a photograph taken by Man Ray.

Year 4 enjoying a wonderful visit to the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool 
They took along their sketchbooks, where during their workshop did lots of warming up exercises for plenty of drawing! 
They found their favourite paintings and enjoyed recreating them in their own way, using a variety of mixed medias. 
Year 5 Portrait Detectives at the Walker Art Gallery 
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27th November - 1st December 
This week, the children have developed many of their Art skills. From drawing, to printing, sculpting to collage! Well done to these children who have shown outstanding creativity this week! 
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We are learning how to layer our prints. 
Inspired by the 'Spiderwoman' artist Louise Bourgeois, we have used line drawings to sketch our insects. then, using our pencil grading value scales to add tone to our sketches. We know that 6B pencils are great for creating deep tones and 2H pencils are good for adding a fair tone. 
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Year 4 have been studying insects for their Autumn topic. We have looked at the French American Artist Louise Bourgeois who was nicknamed 'Spiderwoman' due to her love for spiders! The children were fascinated by her famous sculpture 'Maman' and want to go and visit it! 
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Well done children, your sketchbooks show how much fantastic work you have done this week! 
Year 5 have been studying South American Art and have been inspired by the Artist Frida Kahlo and how she loved to include monkeys within her work. 
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A huge well done to Kaelem who has been using different dry medias to recreate certain aspects of Frida's work. He has been practising his shading techniques ready to sketch and add tone his monkey. 
Liverpool F.C 125th Year Anniversary Project 
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As part of LFC's 125th year celebrations, our children were invited to study the club's history from 1933-1937. They studied various images and photographs from the time and had to sketch and outline them. 
In April 2018, these images will be displayed alongside 24 other school from the area. A huge mural will be created which will include the children's work and will be showcased at Anfield. 
Hands of Friendship Week Artist Visit 
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Today we were visited by Vivien Garland who is a Life Caster. As part of a whole school display, some of our budding Artists were selected to have castings of their hands taken. Our hand sculpture is currently in the process of drying out and we will use it to make a beautiful display in a few weeks when Vivien brings it back! 
Our casting is currently drying out! Look at all the detail we have captured. 
A big thank you to our hand models!
Paige Breen Y1
Layla Kennedy Y2
Thomas Murphy Y3
Mia McDonnell Y4
Joseph Smith Y5
Nicole Cooney Y6 
Hands of Friendship Week 
All of the children decorated their own handprint which was taken outside to wave as part of a whole school sing along to the famous Beatles song, 'Get by with a little help from my friends.' 
Using Portraits in R.E
Year 4 have been using portraits of Joseph to decide upon what type of man they thought he was. We agreed that many of the paintings depicted Joseph in a caring way, as he was always looking after Jesus. Some of the words we used were; caring, compassionate, family man, selfless. 

Saint Joseph with the Infant Jesus by Guido Ren

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Welcome to Art & Design at St. Matthew's 2016 - 2017 
This year we are very lucky to be working in our brand new sketchbooks. 
During Summer Term, each class will be studying: 
Year 1 - What is sculpture?
Year 2- Can Buildings Speak?
Year 3- Pablo Picasso
Year 4 - Dreams 
Year 5 - Talking Textiles 
Year 6 - A Sense of Place
During Spring Term, each class has studied a different topic, with studies on Artists such as Claude Monet and L.S Lowry. 
Year 1 - William Morris 
Year 2 - African Art (Martin Bulinya) 
Year 3 - Roman Art 
Year 4 - Rivers (Monet) 
Year 5 - The Rainforest 
Year 6 - L.S Lowry 
During Autumn Term we have learnt all about different Artists such as Stephen Wiltshire and Andy Warhol. 
Each class has studied a different topic: 
Year 1 - Hot and Cold 
Year 2 - Picture This 
Year 3 - Landscapes 
Year 4 - Buildings 
Year 5 - Andy Warhol 
Year 6 - Egyptian Art 
Summer Term 
Some fantastic KS2 Art projects. Children have studied a wide range of Artists both local and further afield. Lucas has studied the Liverpool Artist Tom Murphy and Taniska was inspired by the Japanese Artist Yoskay Yomamoto.  A broad scope of Sculptors, Painters and Street Artists! Isabella told us all about the joint partnership of Steve and Heather Brice and Joanie has recreated a Ludo masterpiece! 
A wonderful assembly to celebrate all of our achievements during a very successful Arts Week. Well done children! 
We have held a very successful Arts Week from 1st - 5th May. 
Children have enjoyed workshops from a local artist Sarah Hicks. Our theme is linked with our work on making our school a place of sanctuary, which we will work more on during the Summer Term. To tie in with this theme, children have been making dens, welcome plaques, banners and flags. We have also looked at ways of saying 'Welcome' in different languages. 
Our Gifted and Talented Art children have had an additional session working with Sarah to create a display piece for our school. As our theme is 'School of Sanctuary' we have incorporated some scripture into our work, thinking about the words of Nahum 1:7.
"The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And He knows those who take refuge in Him."

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We have used recycled materials such as shoe laces, pea sticks and chamois leathers to make wall hangings which show how we welcome visitors to our school and we make them feel safe. We thought of some of the things that make us feel safe and secure, such as teddy bears, homes, families, and love and included these in our final pieces. 
Year 5 using road maps to create Welcome plaques for visitors to our school. 
We have been taking advantage of the warmer weather and took the opportunity to do some outdoor Art. Our focus was the Artist Banksy. We have been learning all about his graffiti work and found his anonymity fascinating. We were inspired by his work "There is always hope." We used acetate and permanent markers with a stencil to work with. 
Spring Term 
Class 4F have turned their classroom into a mini Art Gallery! After the success we had in creating our waterfront pieces, we went around the class admiring each others' work and looking at the techniques that were used. We then became Art critics and gave feedback to our peers, telling them what we thought about their work. 
Autumn Term 
Children are learning how to evaluate their own Art work. They are encouraged to analyse the journey they have taken in achieving their final piece by commenting on what went well, what they were inspired by, and what they would change or improve if they created their work again. 
Katie said: I like mine because I based it on Tokyo and I love Tokyo! I would love to be able to add in all of the people. 
Isabella said: I liked the part where we had to do the stars. I was inspired by Liverpool because it is where I live. 
Scarlet said: I liked doing the windows and I think that was what I mainly focused on. I think it would be even better if I would have added a bit more newspaper. 
Year 4 working on their final piece as part of their topic on 'Buildings'.
They have taken inspiration from our beautiful Liverpool waterfront, thinking about including iconic buildings such as the Cathedrals and the Liver Buildings. 
Class 4F have been learning all about observational drawing but also the importance of drawing to scale. We have sketched our beautiful church building using photographs as a guide. We have used viewfinders to help us to concentrate on smaller details. We divided our photographs into grids and then were able to use grid references to draw to an accurate size and scale. It was tricky but our drawings are looking great! 
During Other Faiths Week, Year 4 used Indian Ink to try and replicate some Hebrew writing. We had to make sure we had a very steady hand! The ink was tricky to use at first but we soon got the hang of it, and were able to write most of the Hebrew alphabet! 
How talented are Class 3G?! They have been making lots of fantastic marks with charcoal whilst studying 'Perspectives' They know all about the vanishing point and how objects appear in the distance. They have developed their knowledge of line and tone and their finished pieces look amazing! Well done Class 3G. 
Class 4F were visited by an Artist, Peter Swidrak. 
We were inspired by the famous sculptor Barbara Hepworth and her piece, 'The Family of Man' 
We created 3D structures using lots of cutting and folding skills. 
Our final designs were very colourful and we were really impressed with them. 
We are very lucky to have such a beautiful Church building right on our doorstep! Year 5 have taken advantage of this wonderful structure and have completed some observational drawings outside. 
Class 4P made some beautiful flower arrangements taking inspiration from the York and Lancashire roses. 
We very carefully assembled them using canes and straws to make a 3D structure. 
Each rose is unique but together they look stunning! 
Class 3G were inspired by David McKee and how he created 'Elmer' the patchwork elephant. We layered different colours of torn sugar paper to create a patchwork effect. 
Year 5 children worked with 6th Form Students from our local high school Holly Lodge. The aim of the project was to create 'bottle bugs' to be displayed in the beautiful setting of the Palm House in Sefton Park. Well done to all those children who had their work exhibited! 
Year 6 have been creating portraits using digital medium, paint, pencil and charcoal to create work inspired by David Hockney and Fernand Leger