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GCSE exam 2013

An introduction on how to get started with the exam

Clare Bye

on 25 February 2016

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Selecting a starting point
chosen a starting point that will keep your interest?
chosen a starting point which makes best use of your strengths and abilities?
chosen a starting point that allows you to develop your skills and understanding?
found suitable source materials?
used a mind-map, spider gram or mood board to consider a range of possibilities?
When selecting a starting point, have you.......
Word and Art
What media do you like working in?
What have been your past successes?
How can you build on what you already know ?
Local Library
School (Art Dept. and Library)
(can be limiting in school with restrictions on searches)
Art Galleries
Other Artists
Take your own photos
Collect images
Pierre Huyghe
GCSE 2013
Close up

Boyle Family
Robert Rauschenberg
Clay Monoprints
“I like to experiment. When I make a collage illustration I start with a drawing of the composition, the layout. Then I play around with it, interweaving it with all the different items I might be using. I like to play around with the typography too and create my own lettering. I don't use a computer to create artwork. Too many designers rely on them".
Close up
Andreas Feininger
Art and Words
Close up
Georgia O’Keeffe
Close up
Heather Knight
Art and Words

Val Jackson
Imants Tillers is an Australian visual art artist, curator and writer.
Born in Sydney in 1950, Tillers currently lives and works in New South Wales.
Art and Words

Jaume Plensa

"Rich has taken the odds and ends of memories and forgotten past and recreated them into masterful pieces of art."
Franklyn Rodgers' project The Elders is a community history project that uses photography, digital media and social networks to document the first generation of West Indians who settled in Britain in the early 1960s and their connection to the global African Diaspora.
Franklyn Rodgers
English sculptor, photographer and painter, associated with Land art .
He produced such works as A Line Made by Walking a photograph of the trail left in the grass by walking back and forth in a straight line.
Long made his international reputation during the 1970s with sculptures made as the result of epic walks, sometimes lasting many days, to remote parts of the world.
Guided by a great respect for nature and by the formal structure of basic shapes, especially circles.
Richard Long
Australian Aboriginal paintings.
Richard Dunbrack
Cas Holmes
Sara Fanelli
Juan Gris
Mitch Lyons
Tom Phillips
Pierre Huyghe is a French artist who works in a variety of media from film and video to public interventions
Sarah Fishburn
Imants Tillers
A Spanish artist and sculptor
Mark Boyle was an influential artist born in Glasgow and known for his work in the cultural UK Underground of the 1960s around the Traverse Theatre, and exhibiting since 1985 with Joan Hills and their children Sebastian and Georgia as Boyle Family
GCSE Art Exam - External assessment
40% of the total marks
Marked out of 80
Preparation time followed by 10 hours of sustained focused study
MOCK EXAM 17 March
(EXAM) 22 April / 5 May

You are being tested on how well you respond to your chosen starting point. The exam paper is only a starting point. Examiners are most pleased when they see work inspired by the question paper that they could not have predicted.
There are no right or wrong answers in this exam!

A response to all assessment objectives is required.
All your work is marked by the Art Department and then moderated in June by a moderator from AQA.
use the VLE on the school website to see what is currently on in local and London galleries

try using Tate exam help
Even the most mundane objects can be good for drawing...just get drawing if you are stuck for ideas!
Try combining different media and surfaces in a drawing
A primary source is one that you study directly from first-hand experience.
Primary sources can be natural objects, artefacts, places, people or events.
Working from primary sources, you could:
incorporate materials into study sheets, collages or sculptures
produce sketches of your subject matter in a range of media
take rubbings or impressions from interesting surface textures
make a 3D study from an object using clay
take photographs, using different viewpoints and lighting conditions
A secondary source is material produced by others. Secondary sources can be reproductions of images and artefacts, photographs, film, video or web-based material.

Working from secondary sources, you could:
interpret an image in different media. For example, a collage of a photograph.
alter the scale or proportions of an image using ICT
manipulate colours, tones and surfaces by using different media
AO1 Cultural understanding can be demonstrated by the ways that you show your awareness of the context of a work of art, craft or design. You could present research on:

when and where it was produced
how it reflects its cultural background
how it shows different ways of seeing the world in visual terms
the work's purpose and meaning
its symbolic, religious, spiritual or practical function or significance
its personal, social, historical or vocational significance
AO1 Analytical Understanding
You can show analysis and understanding through making connections between different images, and making connections between your ideas and the work of other artists and designers.

You should provide insights into composition, design or layout, the use of colour, tone and other formal elements. You can demonstrate analysis of materials, techniques and working methods by producing studies 'in the style of' your chosen artists or designers, or by making notes about the way in which the work has been produced.
Assessment Objective 1: Developing ideas
Assessment Objective 2: Using resources, media and materials
Assessment Objective 3: Recording ideas and observations
Assessment Objective 4: Making a personal, informed, and meaningful response
To annotate your work successfully, you should explain:

what you have done and
you did it
how you did it, such as the media and techniques used
why you chose a particular medium or technique
how an artwork fits in with your project
what aspects you like
how you could improve the work
what you think you will do next
"Prepping the pages"

Your sketchbook is crucial in this exam -but the white pages can be intimidating...
To try to overcome this fear, many artists like to prep their pages first....

it removes the white pages from the book and allows you to be more expressive with the drawings on the pages.
it helps you understand that every page does not need to be perfect and is more about learning and exploration.
Try some of these techniques in your sketchbook:

Create a two colour wash on the page.
Collage text on the page and wash over the page to subdue the image.
Scribble on the page with coloured marker then add water to make a wash
Collage magazine images onto the page then draw around them
Create a texture on the page with paint by lifting paint with a towel.
Collage found pieces of paper on the page.
Cut strips of coloured paper and glue to the surface.

or even.....
swop books and have another student prep the surface of your page ?
AO1 - develop ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding
- to make a careful study of, to examine, to look at closely

- the circumstances in which the artwork was made

- look at something in detail to find the meaning

So, how can we develop our own ideas?

Where can we find inspiration?

Other sources?
with ideas
a range of media
discuss progress with teacher
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