Tottington High School

Art

If you have creative and artistic abilities, through studying art you will develop them in much greater depth, while extending your skills to a higher level. It is an exciting practical skills based subject, working with a variety of media.

GCSE Art

Year 11 Mock Externally Set Task

 
The Mock Exam is designed to give you a taste of what it is like to do the real exam. The examples given below are real responses to the actual exam and there are differences in times allowed between Mock and Actual Exams

REAL EXAM

PREP TIME approx 8 WEEKS

TIME ALLOWED FOR PRODUCTION OF FINAL PIECE 10 HOURS

MOCK EXAM

PREP TIME 3 WEEKS

TIME ALLOWED FOR PRODUCTION OF FINAL PIECE 5 HOURS

Your preperation sketchbook and final piece or pieces will be marked using the following ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVES.

HAVE YOU SHOWN EVIDENCE OF:-

AO1: Developing your ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding

AO2: Refining your ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.

AO3: Recording ideas, observations and insights relevant to your intentions in visual and/or other forms.

AO4: Presenting a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realizing intentions and where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements,

Example Questions

Choose ONE of the following starting points and produce a personal response.

1. Sense of Place

Artists, craftspeople and designers are sometimes inspired by their feeling for a particular place. Paul Cézanne made numerous paintings of Mont Sainte-Victoire and Anish Kapoor makes site-specific sculptures. Debra Budenburg makes sculptures that relate to home and family life. Other artists use photography, installation and video to explore how different surroundings affect people.

Research appropriate sources and produce your own work inspired by Sense of Place

2. Animals

In art and design, animals have been depicted in a variety of ways. Barry Flanagan sculpted the hare as a symbolic subject and textile artist Nicola Henley makes embroidered panels reflecting the aerial movement of coastal birds. Daniel Lee uses the digital technology to explore the relationship between man and animals. Franz Marc captured the dynamics of wild horses in his paintings.

Study appropriate sources and produce your own work inspired by Animals.

3. Buildings

Vicki Ambery-Smith designs jewellery based on historic and contemporary buildings. Jenny Holzer presents her digital messages on buildings. Photographer and video artist Gordon Matta-Clark’s series ‘Building Cuts’ reinterprets sections of buildings. Painter Ian Murphy records the details of eroded surfaces on Venetian buildings and 18th Century artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi made dramatic and fantastic drawings and prints detailing architectural features.

Research appropriate sources and produce your own work in any media based on :

EITHER (a) façades OR (b) structures

4. Music and Dance

David Hockney and Robert Rauschenberg have designed stage sets for music and dance performances. Michael Brennand-Wood makes textiles inspired by popular music and Kevin Laycock’s paintings interpret sound through abstraction. Many cultural traditions, such as the Indian dance-drama ‘Kathakali’, combine art, music and dance in performance.

Research appropriate sources and create your own work in response to Music and Dance.

5. ” In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749-1832.

Artists, craftspeople and designers can be inspired by connections they see in nature. Andy Goldsworthy combines natural materials and reconnects them with the environment. Photographer Brett Weston recorded the rugged detail of the Californian coastline to show the connection between the land and the sea. Ceramicist Ewen Henderson made connections between textural qualities in his work and surfaces seen in nature.

Research appropriate sources and produce your own work in any media based on connections you see in nature.

6. Composition

Composition is a term used to describe how formal elements are arranged in art work. Bauhaus graphic design combines words, images, shapes and colours. Sculptors Tony Cragg, Nik Ramage and Bill Woodrow have arranged and assembled found materials. Ben Nicholson composed abstract reliefs. The Pollaiuolo brothers explored symmetry in their painting ‘The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian’.

Research appropriate sources and create your own composition in response to one of the following:

(a) combinations
(b) arrangements
(c) symmetry

7. Here and Now

You should make connections with appropriate sources when developing your personal response to one of the following suggestions:

(a) Develop your own interpretation of the starting point Here and Now.
(b) You could consider designing promotional material for a contemporary exhibition or gallery event.
(c) You might explore a current issue or event.

Resources

Below you will find resourses designed to help you to fulfil the requirements of the “Externally Set Task”. This includes suggested Artists to study and examples of good prep for some of the exam questions. Some questions were not answered so I have been unable to include relevant examples.

EXAMPLES

This is intended to give you experience of preparing for and producing your “Externally Set Task” once complete the mock prep. sketchbook and final piece will become part of your course work and contribute towards 60% of your final grade, so it’s really worth giving maximum effort.

Suggested Artists to Research

Example of Good Prep Sketchbook

Discussing Artists and your Work

EXAMPLE EXAM QUESTIONS

Choose ONE of the following starting points and produce a personal response.

Artists, craftspeople and designers are sometimes inspired by their feeling for a particular place. Paul Cézanne made numerous paintings of Mont Sainte-Victoire and Anish Kapoor makes site-specific sculptures. Debra Budenburg makes sculptures that relate to home and family life. Other artists use photography, installation and video to explore how different surroundings affect people.

Research appropriate sources and produce your own work inspired by Sense of Place.

Example of a Prep Sketchbook answering the “Sense of Place” question:

Another example of a prep sketchbook in response to “A Sense of Place” question:

Animals have been depicted in a variety of ways. Barry Flanagan sculpted the hare as a symbolic subject and textile artist Nicola Henley makes embroidered panels reflecting the aerial movement of coastal birds. Daniel Lee uses the digital technology to explore the relationship between man and animals. Franz Marc captured the dynamics of wild horses in his paintings. Study appropriate sources and produce your own work inspired by animals.

Example of “Animals” Prep book:

Vicki Ambery-Smith designs jewellery based on historic and contemporary buildings. Jenny Holzer presents her digital messages on buildings. Photographer and video artist Gordon Matta-Clark’s series ‘Building Cuts’ reinterprets sections of buildings. Painter Ian Murphy records the details of eroded surfaces on Venetian buildings and 18th Century artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi made dramatic and fantastic drawings and prints detailing architectural features.

Research appropriate sources and produce your own work in any media based on:

EITHER (a) façades or (b) structures

David Hockney and Robert Rauschenberg have designed stage sets for music and dance performances. Michael Brennand-Wood makes textiles inspired by popular music and Kevin Lay**’s paintings interpret sound through abstraction. Many cultural traditions, such as the Indian dance-drama ‘Kathakali’, combine art, music and dance in performance.

Research appropriate sources and create your own work in response to Music and Dance.

Example of a prep book in response to the “Music and Dance” question:

“In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it”

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749-1832

Artists, craftspeople and designers can be inspired by connections they see in nature. Andy Goldsworthy combines natural materials and reconnects them with the environment. Photographer Brett Weston recorded the rugged detail of the Californian coastline to show the connection between the land and the sea. Ceramicist Ewen Henderson made connections between textural qualities in his work and surfaces seen in nature.

Research appropriate sources and produce your own work in any media based on connections you see in nature.

An example of a student’s response to the “Nature” question 5:

A second example of a student’s response to “Nature” question 5:

Composition is a term used to describe how formal elements are arranged in art work. Bauhaus graphic design combines words, images, shapes and colours. Sculptors Tony Cragg, Nik Ramage and Bill Woodrow have arranged and assembled found materials. Ben Nicholson composed abstract reliefs. The Pollaiuolo brothers explored symmetry in their painting ‘The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian’.

Research appropriate sources and create your own composition in response to one of the following:

(a) combinations
(b) arrangements
(c) symmetry

You should make connections with appropriate sources when developing your personal response to one of the following suggestions:

(a) Develop your own interpretation of the starting point Here and Now.
(b) You could consider designing promotional material for a contemporary exhibition or gallery event.
(c) You might explore a current issue or event.

Example of HERE & NOW prepbook:

EXTERNALLY SET TASK 2019

Prep work deadline Tuesday 19th Dec 2019

EXAM DATES

Option 6 Ar1 and Ar2 – Wednesday 20th March 2019 and Monday 25th March 2019

Options 3 and 5 – Thursday 21st March 2019 and Wednesday 27th. March 2019

AO1
Developing ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources.

AO2
Refining ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.

AO3
Recording ideas, observations and insights relevant to your intentions in visual and / or other forms.

AO4
Presenting a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and, where appropriate ,making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements

Please read the following information really carefully. It is here to help you organise, plan and assess your prep work. This booklet is also available on the school’s website with coloured examples of artists work who have tackled the same themes as are explored in the 7 exam questions. Feel free to down load them and use them in your research.

Prepbook Guidance Booklet

Prepbook Step by Step Guide

Assessment Objective Checklist

Responding to Artists Work

Question 1: Texture

Artists create or respond to texture in many ways. Jan van Eyck used fine brushwork to represent different textures and Manet painted figures and objects with textured brush marks. Reed pens enabled Vincent van Gogh to create a wide range of textures in his drawings. Incised marks suggest textural qualities in the relief prints of John Muafangejo. El Anatsui creates installations with recycled materials that look like fabric whilst Barbara Hepworth often contrasted rough and smooth textures in her sculptures. Aaron Siskind photographed textures such as peeling paint, whereas Maya Rochat creates unusual textures on her photographs by experimenting with mixed media before and after the printing process.

Explore appropriate sources and develop your personal response to Texture
 
gcse exam 2019 Q1 Texture

Question 2: Abstract

Many Artists, craftspeople and designers work in an abstract manner. Frank Gehry’s architectural designs are inspired by abstract shapes in Cubist Paintings . John Hoyland made colourful abstract paintings and designer Michelle House creates abstract printed textiles. Henry Holmes Smith’s experimental photographs explore colour and light . Paul Rand made corporate logo designs inspired by modernism, in particular the paintings of Wassily Kandinsky. Alison Britton makes abstract ceramic vessels.

Research appropriate sources and create your own work based on Abstract

 
gcse exam 2019 Q2 Abstract (1)

Question 3: Messages

Artists have often used their work to convey messages about society. Audrey Flack used objects in her painting ‘Marilyn’ to convey messages about mortality and life’s luxuries. In his tapestries ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’, Grayson Perry comments on social relationships. Michal Rovner explores ideas such as displacement in her projections of animated figures moving across barren landscapes. Jenny Holzer uses text in her work, often projecting powerful messages about contemporary life onto buildings and other structures.

Investigate appropriate sources and produce your own response to Messages

 
gcse exam 2019 Q3 Messages

Question 4: The Elements

The elements can refer to the forces of nature and weather conditions. John Constable made extensive studies recording the changing moods of the weather. Wind, rain, snow and storms feature in prints by Japanese artists. Atkinson Grimshaw painted wet urban landscapes. Kurt Jackson and Len Tabner respond to the forces of nature in their seascape paintings. Don McCullin’s photographs of the Somerset Levels capture atmospheric weather conditions. Deborah Westmancoat collects samples of water, hailstones, ice and snow, which she uses with oak gall ink to create unusual abstract work.
 
gcse exam 2019 Q4 The Elements
Investigate appropriate sources and produce your own response to The elements.

Question 5: Working

The image of people working has inspired artists throughout history. Medieval manuscripts, sculptures and stained glass often depicted seasonal work, a theme used by Bruegel the Elder in his paintings. James Ravilious photographed farm workers in rural Devon. Industrial workers are depicted in the murals Diego Rivera produced at the Ford car factory in Detroit. Evelyn Dunbar and Laura Knight painted women workers of the 1940s. Humphrey Spender photographed mill workers in Bolton as part of the Mass Observation Project.

Research appropriate sources and create your own response to Working.

 
gcse exam 2019 Q5 Working

Question 6: Habitats

Many artists, craftspeople and designers are inspired by human, animal, marine and plant habitats. John Bratby painted domestic habitats. Nick Brandt’s photographic series “Inherit the Dust”documents the effects of human intervention on animal habitats and Tom Eckersley has designed posters for “The World Wide Fund For Nature” about the impact of climate change on habitats. Edith Meusnier makes textile instalations that interact with plant and animal habitats and Moshe Safdie designed housing in the “Habitat 67” project

Research appropriate sources and create your own work based on Habitats

 
gcse exam 2019 Q6 Habitats

Question 7: Spaces

The theme Spaces can be interpreted in many ways. Refer to appropriate sources and develop your own interpretation of Spaces, or respond to one of the following:

(a) spaces between figures or objects
(b) spaces created using different kinds of perspective
(c) ‘Spaces’: a commission for artists to produce site-specific work for a local public space.

 
gcse exam 2019 Q7 Spaces

Studied at Key Stage 3
Optional at Key Stage 4

WHAT WILL I LEARN ABOUT IN ART?

In Art you will improve your observation and objective drawing. Explore your own personal ideas imaginatively in visual and tactile studies. You will learn more about the work of other Artists, Craftsmen and Designers and understand the influence they have on your own work. You will use a variety of materials and techniques to express your ideas and learn how to modify and improve work as it progresses. You will use all your planning, research and development of ideas to produce a successful piece of artwork and gain more confidence in your knowledge about Art in our society and around the world. You will learn to work independently and creatively.

WHAT WILL I BE STUDYING?

  • Fauvist Landscapes
  • Modiglani Portraits
  • Matisse Paper cuts
  • African Prints
  • Expressionist Portraits
  • Shell Prints
  • Jabberwock Project
  • Native American Mask Project
  • Chuck Close Project
  • Aboriginal-Inspired Mirror Frames Project
  • Sarah Graham Still Life Project
  • Klimt Weaving Project
  • Cultural Project
  • Conflict Project

 

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SKILLS I WILL GAIN?

  • Observation drawing
  • Sculpture using various media e.g. clay
  • Computer aided artwork using new exciting software
  • Painting
  • Mixed Media
  • Printmaking

Attainment 8 Score

Ebacc Average Point Score

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4 or above in English & Maths

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5 or above in English & Maths

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