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How to annotate

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J Ainsworth

on 2 November 2017

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How to annotate properly and get amazing marks for it...
I understand one thing
I understand several things
I understand several things and can link them together
I understand several things, can link them and I can use this in a new and different way.
Define, identify, name, label find, match
Describe, list, outline, combine, process
Sequence, compare, contrast, explain causes, explain effects, analyse, organise, relate, apply, comparison question
Generalise, predict, evaluate, reflect, design, hypothesise, create, prove, plan, argue, compose, prioritise, construct
What? Who by? Origin, main features
Relevance, links, mood/atmosphere, message/meaning, story/theme, compare & contrast, application
Why made? intention, expression, criticise interpret, opinion, idea, influence, inspiration
Who is the artist/designer?
Which Art movement are they part of? Cubism, modern, contemporary...
Where did you get the picture from?
What is the work? The image in general....is it a portrait, landscape?
Describe the materials used to make the image. E.g paint, pencil, camera, film, cake etc.
How have the materials been used to make the image? Layered, blended, painted, dabbed, brushed, rolled...in the studio, outside?
What is the image showing? describe the scene or layout
What else can you unpick about how the artist has worked?
How is the image relevant to your own work and the skills you are trying to develop?
What is the artist trying to communicate in the work? Is there a deeper, hidden meaning?
What methods does the artist use to build the work? What are the stages of development? e.g layered colour, collaged first....
How does the way the artist uses materials affect the overall style of the work? E.g angry, calm, flat, simple...
Make comparisons between your work and the artist you have studied
make comparisons between different artists studied.
How and why has the artist developed their work?
How does the work make you feel or how does it inspire you?
What are you unsure about or what do you dislike? Why is this?
What is your personal opinion of the work?
How can the work influence and inspire your own work?
What will you now do to develop your own work further following investigations of the artist/designer?
Do this next
then this
and then this!
Artist, illustrator, designer, photographer, craftsperson
Modern, contemporary, Cubism, Impressionism, Illustration, Graphic, Animated, Internet, Library, Magazine, Person, Object, Interior, Architecture, Landscape, Abstract 3D
Black and White, Colour.
Pattern, Texture, Tone, Line, Shape, Form, Colour, Pen, pencil, Paint, Charcoal, Pastel, Collage, print, Photography, CAD, Sculpted, Layered, Blended, Dabbed, Rolled, Brushed, Shaded, Cut, Glued, Constructed, Designed, Realistic, Abstract, Imaginary
Angry, Calm, Lively, Soft, Harsh, Simple,Different, Similar, Contrasting, Complex,Links, Season, Time, Atmosphere, Scene, Relationship, Ideas, Imaginative, Story, Historical,Sequence,Theme, Identity, Cultural, Trend, Reality, Make believe, History
Reason, Intention, Aim, Develop, Explore, Ideas, Interested, Intrigued, Inviting, Inspired, Offensive, Influenced, Opinion, Express, Test, Explore, Think, Plan, Interpretation, Continue, Develop, Possibly, Relationship
Key words
Can you use the questions to help build an annotation for this image?
Is it a painting, collage, photograph, drawing or print?
Does this image appear calm or angry?...why?
What do you like about it?...why?
How can you be inspired by this artist?
What will you do to show you've been inspired by his work?
How have materials been used?
Could you use any of these techniques?
What questions does this image make you want to ask?
Duane Michels. "Things are Queer" 1973.
W.Eugene Smith

"A Country Doctor" 1948
What questions could you ask if you wanted to improve your own work/ideas?
Is it part of a series?
What's next?
All annotations are a way for you to collect marks and show the exam board that you genuinely understand the images you have presented.
Show off knowledge
explain feelings/moods
discuss your opinions
understand that an annotation is not an 'optional extra'
show your learning
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