At St Michael’s we are very proud of the art that our children produce. Every term we have a whole school art theme and we always use our corridors as an art gallery, to display the children’s beautiful creations.
In the Autumn Term, our art focus has been ‘Our wonderful world’, which linked to our Geography topic of ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’. Every year group decided on a topic around this theme that linked well with the continent that they are studying. As part of our art studies, a famous artist has been introduced in each year and their work has been used as an inspiration for the children to produce their own art work. This term we focused on drawing and painting skills to create our art pieces.
Please have a look at the beautiful work they have created.
Reception and Year 1 studied the famous artist Wassily Kandinsky, who was born in Russia, in 1866. When he was 30, he left his job and went to art school. Kandinsky thought a lot about what colours mean and how they make people feel. He was the first painter to stop painting pictures of things and instead paint just using colours and shapes. He believed that this let him paint honestly about his feelings.
Year 2s learned about Henri Rousseau, who was a famous French painter. He was born in 1844 in Western France, and at school, Henri Rousseau won prizes for drawing and music. After he finished school, he spent his early life working as a tax collector. He taught himself to paint in his spare time, and started displaying his work at galleries in 1886. He is best known for his jungle scenes, such as Tiger in a Tropical.
Y3: FISH (LINKED TO OCEANIA)
The Year 3s looked at the work of the famous artist J Vincent. He always knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life. Born to a loving, creative and supportive parents, he was encouraged from the age of 2 to pursue the creation of art.
Y4: birds (LINKED TO ASIA)
Alan M Hunt has travelled extensively on field trips studying wildlife to amazing places around the world, including Asia. Alan is a native of the North of England and after a life of travelling he is now back in the UK, capturing the local flora, fauna and wildlife.
Y5: zebras (LINKED TO AFRICA)
Year 5s also studied the work of Alan M Hunt. Their topic was ‘Zebras’, so instead of using paint as a medium, they have used charcoal.
Y6: Flowers (LINKED TO EUROPE)
Georgia Totto O’Keeffe was born on 15th November 1887 in the USA.
She was one of seven children, and her mother encouraged Georgia’s interest in art. The landscape of where she lived was very important to Georgia, which became evident in her later work.
“If I could paint the flower exactly as I see it no one would see what I see because I would paint it small like the flower is small. So I said to myself – I’ll paint what I see – what the flower is to me but I’ll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it – I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers.”