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.
Art around St Matthew's
In St Matthew's our teachers work incredibly hard to promote the importance of art within the curriculum. Here are a variety of the displays produced by our teachers.
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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
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, and group sculpture building. The final piece will be a sculpture of a natural object.
Year 2 - Portraits 
Children will learn about portraits, they will develop their drawing techniques to create their own self-portraits. The children will use different materials to create a variety of self-portraits inspired by the artists Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol. The final piece will be inspired by the work of Andy Warhol, the children will create a computer generated self-portrait and use pastels and unrealistic colours to colour in their work.
Year 3 - Autumn 
Throughout this topic the children will have the opportunity to explore nature during autumn. The children will study the work of Matisse and take inspiration to create their own pieces of work. The final piece will give the children the opportunity to develop their printing techniques by creating a collage of printed autumn leaves.
Year 4 - Insects 
The children will have the opportunity to explore the work of a range of ‘Insect’ artists, in particular, Louise Bourgeois and Jennifer Angus. The children will take inspiration from their work to develop their pencil, colour, collage and sculpture designs that show progression in their skills. The final piece will be a sculpture of an insect inspired by the work they have studied. 
Year 5 - South and Central America 
The children will look at the work of Joaquin Torres Garcia to produce picture puzzles. The children will design their own symbols and use printing tiles and ink to create their picture puzzles. The children will also study the work of Frida Khalo and take inspiration from her art work to create a clay monkey. 
Year 6 - Ancient Egypt 
Children will explore the purpose and use of ancient Egypt art, they will look at a variety of paintings and monuments, including the obelisks. Children will have the opportunity to develop their sculpting skills by making a miniature model of an obelisk.
The children will also evaluate the work of modern Egyptian artist Alaa Awad and take inspiration from his to create their own portrait.