Art at SMAAA
Art at St Michael and All Angels
At St Michael and All Angels we are dedicated to the education and development of the whole child. We believe that the arts are a vitally important aspect of the life of all cultures and we seek to provide rich and varied opportunities for all children to engage in all aspects of the arts with the goal of enabling personal achievement, enjoyment and self expression.
We aim for our children to experience a broad range of Arts and opportunities to develop artistic skills, knowledge and appreciation, for our children to have opportunities to create, reflect on and celebrate art and for our children to discover the pleasure that art can provide.
The dot-art entries this year included pieces of work from Year 6 following their trip to see the Poppy Art, St George’s Hall in Liverpool.
Well done children.
The Art Club brightened up our school with their super “Spring Blossom” designs. They did not use paint brushes to paint their pictures. Can you guess what they used with the paint to create their pieces of art work?
Year 5 & 4 visited the Art gallery in Kirkby. They were privileged to see works from the “Greats” including David Hockey, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Bridget Riley.
Children at St Michael and All Angels are encouraged to try, develop and master many different skills and techniques.
We focus on 6 main art forms; painting, collage, sculpture, drawing, print and textiles. Throughout each year children work on mastering three different techniques, one in each term, and have one art form driver for each year.
Our ceramic of Liverpool was created by Yr 2 and Yr 4. They had great fun and the creation is proudly displayed in our main foyer area.
Once again our parents and children joined in The Big Draw in October 2015. We based our work on our class favourite books.
We also had some super entries in our Autumn competition again this year.
At SMAAA we learn about lots of different classic and modern artists from Van Gogh to Picasso and William Morris to Andy Warhol. The children learn all about two to three different artists each year.
The children enjoy exploring the works and techniques used by the artists they study. They can replicate their works and use the work of great artists as inspiration to create masterpieces of their own.
Art Curriculum Milestones
In Year 1 the art forms that children at SMAAA practice are Drawing, Sculpture and Painting. The driver for this year is painting and suggested artists for the children to take inspiration from are Van Gogh (drawing) and David Hockney (painting).
The driver milestones for painting in year 1 are:
Use thick and thin brushes.
Mix primary colours to make secondary.
Add white to colours to make tints and black to colours to make tones.
Create colour wheels.
In year 2 the art forms that children at SMAAA practice are print, textiles and collage. The driver for year 2 is collage and suggested artists for the children to take inspiration from are Piet Mondrian (print) and Lauren Child (collage).
The driver milestones for collage in year 2 are:
Use a combination of materials that are cut, torn and glued.
Sort and arrange materials.
Mix materials to create texture.
In year 3 children revisit the art forms practiced in year 1 and try to develop their skills in these art forms further. The driver for children in year 3 is drawing and suggested artists for children to take inspiration from are Henri Rousseau (drawing) and Monet (painting).
The driver milestones for drawing in year 3 are:
Use different hardness of pencils to show line, tone and texture.
Annotate sketches to explain and elaborate ideas.
Sketch lightly (no need to use a rubber to correct mistakes).
Use shading to show light and shadow.
• Use hatching and cross hatching to show tone and texture.
In year 4 children revisit the art forms practiced in year 2 and try to develop their skills in these art forms further. The driver for children in year 4 is textiles and suggested artists for children to take inspiration from are William Morris (print) and Ruth Moilliet (textiles).
The driver milestones for textiles in year 4 are:
Shape and stitch materials.
Use basic cross stitch and back stitch.
Quilt, pad and gather fabric.
In year 5 children revisit the art forms which they have developed skills on in year 1 and 3 for the final time and try to master these art forms. The art form driver for year 5 is sculpture and the suggested artists for the children to take inspiration from are Andy Warhol & Roy Lichtenstein (drawing) and Antony Gormley (sculpture).
The driver milestones for sculpture in year 5 are:
Show life-like qualities and real-life proportions or, if more abstract, provoke different interpretations. •
Use tools to carve and add shapes, texture and pattern.
Combine visual and tactile qualities.
Use frameworks (such as wire or moulds) to provide stability and form.
In year 6 children revisit the art forms which they have developed skills on in year 2 and 4 for the final time and try to master these art forms. The art form driver for year 6 is print and the suggested artists for the children to take inspiration from are Kandinsky (print) and Henri Matisse (collage).
The driver milestones for print in year 6 are:
Build up layers of colours.
Create an accurate pattern, showing fine detail.
Use a range of visual elements to reflect the purpose of the work.
This year at St Michael and All Angels we have held lots of art events. Thank you to everyone who has taken part and all of the parents, carers, family members and friends who have encouraged the children with their art work and supported exhibitions both in and out of school.
Well done to all of the children who exhibited art work for parents, carers, family and friends to come and see. Everyone was very impressed with the standard of work and the children were proud to share their work and talk about the techniques they had used.
Our ceramic of Liverpool was created by Yr 2 and Yr 4. They had great fun and the creation is proudly displayed in our main foyer area.The whole of KS1 and KS2 took part in the exhibition and shared their favourite piece of work.
Well done! to all of the children from primary and secondary schools in Kirkby who took part in the Kirkby Collaborative Spring Time Art Competition organised by SMAAA. All work which was entered into the competition was excellent and the winners were proudly displayed in Kirkby Library.
The children in year 4 enjoyed visiting the exhibition in Kirkby Library and also visiting the Ruth Moilliet art exhibition.
We will soon be exhibiting Summer work in Kirkby Library. We hope you will be able to visit!