GCSE Art and Design Resources

Here are some resources and links to help you with your GCSE Art and Design course:


GCSE Assessment Objectives

AO1/Contextual

Develop your ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding.  
[Finding out about famous art and using this to inspire your own work.]
 
How do I get a grade A?

Show that you have used your knowledge of famous artists’ work by:

  • Copying the artists’ works and creating  your own work skilfully using the artist’s techniques.
  • Finding pictures of or copying from real examples in galleries the work of at least four artists.
  • Point out relevant details or visual elements through your own drawn studies or diagrams, which are relevant to what you intend to achieve.
  • Annotate thoroughly, showing a strong ability to discuss and analyse different aspects of the work and point to what aspects will influence you.
  • Present your work in a clear and attractive way.

 
How do I get a grade C?
 

  • Show that you have used your knowledge of famous artists’ work by:
  • Mostly finding pictures of or sometimes copying from real examples in galleries, the work of at least two artists or styles of art (3 pages on each artist)
  • Point out relevant details or visual elements through your own drawn studies or diagrams.
  • Annotate well, showing an ability to discuss and analyse different aspects of the work and point to what aspects will influence you.
  • Present your work in a clear and attractive way.
  • Copies of the artist work will be fairly skillful and show an attempt to use an appropriate media.

AO2/Creative Making

Refine your ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.
[Experimenting with media and techniques and improving your skills and visual ideas so you can devise a final idea.]

How do I get a grade A?

Show that you can use a range of materials and processes resulting in art work of a high standard by:

  • Doing a large number of appropriate observational and design studies in your sketch book showing wide variation, imagination and skill.
  • Using at least three techniques very well.
  • Evaluating your studies thoughtfully so that you can make intelligent improvements and alterations, showing the influence of the artist that you have studied.
  • Come up with an ambitious but achievable final idea.
     

How do I get a grade C?

Show that you can use a range of materials and processes resulting in art work of a high standard by:

  • Completing a good range of observational and design studies in your sketch book showing variation, imagination and skill.
  • Using at least three techniques well.
  • Evaluating your studies thoughtfully so you can make improvements and alterations, perhaps showing the influence of the artists that you have studied.
  • Come up with an interesting and achievable final idea.

AO3/Reflective

Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in visual and/or other forms.    
[Thinking about the theme, making observations and collecting resource material.]

How do I get a grade A?
Show that you have thought about the theme by:

  • Collecting relevant images by cutting them out of magazines, photocopies from books and using the internet.
  • Doing drawings and studies in other media of suitable things from direct observation, showing good to excellent skill and accuracy.
  • Taking your own photos of linked things showing vision and creativity.
  • Adding notes to all of this to say why you have included these images and what you could do with them, showing insight and reason.
  • Change things slightly and say why you have done this.

How do I get a grade C?
Show that you have thought about the theme by:

  • Collecting mostly relevant images by cutting them out of magazines, using photocopies from books and using the internet.
  • Doing drawings or studies in other media of suitable things from direct observation, showing reasonably good skill and accuracy.
  • Taking your own and borrowing photos of linked things, paying attention to composition.
  • Adding notes to most of this to say why you have included these images and what you could do with them.

AO4/Personal

Present 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.     
[Completing a relevant and intentional final piece.]

How do I get a grade A?
Show the culmination of  all your studies by:

  • Producing an ambitious, confident, visually accomplished and well crafted final piece.
  • Being original but with obvious links to the art you have studied so far.
  • Evaluating the whole project, pointing out strengths and weaknesses and speculating intelligently on what could be achieved with further work.

How do I get a grade C?
Show the culmination of all your studies so far by:

  • Producing a confident and well crafted final piece.
  • Producing a piece that is mostly your own idea with links to the art you have studied so far.
  • Evaluating the whole project, pointing out strengths and weaknesses and speculating on what could be achieved with more time.

GCSE Assessment Objectives CHECKLIST

DERP (Develop, Experiment, Record, Present)

AO1/Develop

Have you developed and explored ideas using media, processes and resources, reviewing, modifying and refining work as it progresses?

  • Gathered source material to resource your idea?
  • Explored the context of your work and connected to artists, designers and/or cultures?
  • Selected a range of artists’ works and annotated appropriate images?
  • Demonstrated how you have changed your ideas by trying different compositions?
  • Reviewed your work by showing the changes you have made?
  • Annotated your sketchbook to show your decision making?

AO2/Experiment

Have you used a range of media and techniques and processes?

  • Used a range of experimental materials and explored ideas?
  • Used different techniques to apply materials to your designs?
  • Experimented with different colour schemes?
  • Created images, samples and artefacts?
  • Experimented with thumbnail sketches trying out different compositions?
  • Evaluated images and designs in your book?
  • Refined your ideas as a result of experimentation?

AO3/Record

Have you recorded ideas and experiences?

  • Collected images of appropriate artists’ works?
  • Recorded your opinions about other artist’s works and linked it to your own?
  • Created visual and written mind maps?
  • Created pages of source material?
  • Recorded from observation?
  • Completed a written and illustrated account of your visit to Galleries and Museums?
  • Used digital media to record or research ideas and images?
  • Explored and recorded the theme and context of your work showing insight into works of art?
  • Recorded the idea behind your work to explain your intentions?

AO4/Present

Have you presented a final outcome or a series of outcomes that clearly connect to the work of other artists?

  • Collected images of appropriate artists’ works?
  • Recorded your opinions about other artist’s works and linked it to your own?
  • Created visual and written mind maps?
  • Created pages of source material?
  • Recorded from observation?
  • Completed a written and illustrated account of your visit to Galleries and Museums?
  • Used digital media to record or research ideas and images?
  • Explored and recorded the theme and context of your work showing insight into works of art?
  • Recorded the idea behind your work to explain your intentions?


GCSE Useful Artists

Plants
Andy Goldsworthy
Georgia O’Keeffe
Victoria Crowe

Cubists
Picasso
Braque
Fernand Léger     

Pattern
Paul Klee
Gustav Klimt         
Piet Mondrian     
Fritz Hundertwasser  
Escher
Chris Ofili
Victor Vasarely
Bridget Riley  

Cars and Mechanical Parts
John Salt
Don Eddy
David Mach

Music
Arman
Wassily Kandinsky      
Adolf Wölfli

Fashion
Deanne Cheuk      
Nina Chakrabarti

Abstract
Arshile Gorky     
Ben Nicholson           
Patrick Heron             
Howard Hodgkin  
Mark Rothko       
Jackson Pollock
Piet Mondrian

Surrealism
Max Ernst      
René Magritte      
Salvador Dalí            
Giorgio de Chirico 

Pop Art
Jim Dine         
Roy Lichtenstein       
Eduardo Paolozzi    
Richard Hamilton      
James Rosenquist   
Robert Rauschenberg
Jasper Johns     
Claes Oldenburg       
David Hockney        
Wayne Thiebaud

Graffiti/Street Art
Keith Haring
Banksy
Basquiat
Hush

Personal Identity
H R Giger   
Barbara Kruger        
Cindy Sherman           
Lucian Freud           
George Grosz

Buildings
John Piper    
Giorgio de Chirico

Landscape
John Constable    
William Turner  
Claude Monet          
Kurt Jackson      
Graham Sutherland 

Portraits/People
Chuck Close     
Francis Bacon                 
LS Lowry                 
Edward Hopper       
Richard Estes               
André Derain
Emil Nolde      
Egon Schiele      
Jenny Saville             
Paula Rego

Expressionism
André Derai      
Henri Matisse         
Vincent Van Gogh      
Wassily Kandinsky     

Colour
Patrick Heron
Vincent Van Gogh           
Terry Frost               
Frank Stella               
Joan Miró                     
Henri Matisse
Gary Hume

Objects
Lisa Milroy   
Michael Craig-Martin     
Patrick Caulfield    
John Bratby           
Tony Cragg

Collage
Hannah Höch     
Richard Hamilton   
Eduardo Paolozzi       
Kurt Schwitters      
Carlo Carrà