At St Michael’s we have an art project programme: the whole school participates by creating an art piece, linked to a theme, using a chosen skill. The theme for our most recent art project was ‘Bible stories’ and the skills used were sketching and watercolour painting. Here are a few examples from each year group of the art work created and displayed in the school.
Son of Laughter. God’s special promise to Abraham, from Genesis 12.31 God said: “Abraham, believe me. I will make your family very big. Until on day, your family will come to number more than even all the stars in the sky. The Reception children have been learning from the story ‘Son of Laughter’ and have created a picture of the stars in the sky to represent a small number of the children that God promised Abraham that he would have.
Year 1 have been learning the Bible story ‘Noah’s Ark’. First the children sketched of scenes from the story. They used watercolours to paint their sketches.
Year 2 painted the Creation story. God creates, establishes and puts everything into motion – and then rests. He does this all in seven days. The children sketched out their seven days and then carefully used a variety of water colours to show the beauty of the story.
Year 3: Healing the paralytic at Capernaum is one of the miracles of Jesus in the Gospels. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Year 4 depicted the story of Jonah and the Whale. They discussed how they would have felt to be Jonah. They recognised it is a story of God’s love for His people, when they have made wrong choices.
Lions Den: After reading and discussing the story of Daniel and the Lion’s Den, the children looked at the pictures from this Bible story, as inspiration for creating their own depiction of a part of the story they particularly liked.
Year 5: The children based their art wok on the story of ‘Joseph and his dreams’ as outlined in Genesis 37.