“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” – Henry Ward Beecher (1813 – 1887).
Art and Design.
This is a requirement of the National Curriculum through both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, the curriculum looks at developing students skills in showing creativity and having the ability produce a piece of work from its initial design stage through to its production. At Northgate Art and Design looks at promoting independence and confidence, given guidance allowing them to express themselves communicating through the Arts.
In Key Stage 4 students will be given the opportunity to gain accreditation through Asdan work as well as either Entry-level or GCSE Art and Design, students will create a portfolio of work around a centre given theme followed by entry into the final exam in the summer.
The Art and Design department looks at providing all students in Key Stage 3 with the opportunity to access a variety of mediums of Art in line with the current Curriculum building foundations for possible entry for accreditation. Such areas include fine Art skills with the use of pencils and shading, the ability to produce work with a variety of paints developing students’ techniques with a brush as well as 3D work, digital art and the creation of animation.
Current schemes of work in year 7 look at Self Image, Creating Landscapes, a study into the work of Paul Klee and what’s in a building. In year 8 students investigate Objects and Viewpoints, the works of the artist Hundertwasser, the production of animation and Shared views through Art. Once in year 9 students will make a start on Asdan work, Life events where we look at the meaning of Art and how it is viewed in society, the life and works of Alexander Calder and then the design and production of African Masks.
The teaching is outstanding. Teachers know their students very well and fine-tune lessons to make sure everyone learns very rapidly, whatever level they are starting.”