Art & Design

Art in St Matthew's
 
Art and Design stimulates creativity and imagination and is an important area of children’s learning. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It is expected that during their time at St Matthew’s children are given opportunities to explore and evaluate Artists and communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes.
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Art Week - Summer
 
At St Matthew's we value the importance of a broad and balanced curriculum so we dedicate a whole week to completing our Art topic. Have a look at what we got up to in the summer term.

Year 2 - Fabricate

Children will learn about two textile techniques, weaving and wax printing, making their own products using the techniques. They will weave paper and other materials to create under the sea place mats, inspired by craft makers around the world and the textiles artist Gunta Stolzl. 

Year 3 - Bodies

The children will be exploring the work of 'Bodies' artists Julian Opie, Alberto Giacometti and Henry Moore. They will then be using different materials to draw and sculpt models inspired by Giacometti.

Year 6 - North America

The children will explore the work of American artists John Singer Sargent, Helen Frankenthaler, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mary Cassatt, architect Frank Lloyd Wright and photographer Ansel Adams. They will use the drawing skills they have developed over the years to draw the other half of a famous image.

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Art Week - Autumn
 
Here at St Matthew's we have a whole week dedicated to completing our Art topic for the term. Have a look at what each year group got up to.
Year 1 - Nature Sculptures
 
The 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 the 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 use skills involved in sculpture, college, drawing and textiles to make; clay monkeys, picture puzzles using symbols, dream catchers, draw an important person and make a traditional drum. 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 sketch portraits that they will then make out of clay and model in paper and papier mache the quality art work will show the 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.
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Art Week - Spring
 
During the Spring term each class had an entire week dedicated to completing their art projects. Find out what each year group made. 
Year 1 - Colour Chaos 
 
Children will learn how to choose, use and mix their own colours to create quality art work. They will have the opportunity to explore the life and work of six key abstract artists (Such as Jackson Pollock) and, working primarily in paint, to create pieces in a range of abstract styles.
Year 2 - Let's Sculpt
 
Children will be introduced to six sculptors: Marc Quinn, Michelle Reader, Barbara Hepworth, Jill Townsley, Brendan Jamison, and Eva Rothschild. They will make their own sculptures using a range of unusual materials: bread, recycled materials, boxes, plastic spoons, sugar cubes, and marshmallows. Children will learn about figurative and abstract sculptures, and think about shapes and materials.
Year 3 - European Art and Artists

Children will study how to draw broken buildings, paint on the ceiling, create abstract ‘cut ups’, make shape houses, draw with a rubber, make paper hats and make moustaches to create quality artwork that shows progression in skills. They will also explore the work of European artists Anselm Kiefer, Michelangelo, Salvador Dali and Rembrandt, architect Le Corbusier and designer Coco Chanel.
Year 4 - British Art 
 
Children will understand how to use a range of media for making portraits.
They will discover how to make ‘sensory’ boxes, create abstract ‘cut ups’, tell stories in pictures and write memory postcards to create quality artwork that shows progression in skills. They will also have the opportunity to explore the work of British artists Thomas Gainsborough, Lucian Freud, Howard Hodgkin, Anish Kapoor, Paula Rego and Sonia Boyce.

Year 5 - Plants and Flower

Children will learn about how to use pencil, colour, Hapa Zome printing, sculpture and paper modelling to create quality art work that shows progression in their drawing, printing and sculpture skills. The children will also have the opportunity to explore the work of India Flint, Alexander Calder, David Oliveira and Henri Rousseau.
Year 6 - The Seaside
 
Children will demonstrate a wide variety of skills including; drawing using pen and colour, printing and weaving to make lanterns. The children will also have the opportunity to explore the work of ‘The Seaside’ artists Alfred Wallis and Hokusai.