Openings Art Gcse Coursework

This is a two page document/table that I use (tried and tested over many years!) to mark Yr 10 and 11 GCSE course work. I stick this in the back of their sketchbooks. It gives me space to mark but also space for peer assessment and self assessment. I date the comments that I add. Students respond. I have included a copy that I have filled which has blue for the teachers comments and green for the students comments. (I'm not suggesting you should use specific colours - this is just to give you the idea!) It includes space to mark:

Title
Artist Research Page(s)
Artists analysis
Recording with Different Media
Photography
Development or Other pieces of Work
Compositions

It is a Word document so would be easy to tweek. I hope you find this useful and if you do please leave some positive feedback.

This is also available in my shop as part of a GCSE bundle where you can make a saving on a group of resources.

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  1. So, I'm going into year 11 this September having chosen my options last year of Spanish, French, geography, history and art. Luckily, I have loved the first four subjects and am really enjoying the courses but art has been a nightmare!

    For starters, we were not given any choice in the project topic nor do we have a choice in the artists we study so I've had to draw things that really don't interest me all year, hence I have no motivation to work.

    I find the subject extremely time consuming and with my other four subjects, I really don't have the time to put in as much effort as I'd like to.

    Every time I sit down to start working, I can never motivate myself because I just really despise it. I'm used to forcing myself to working when I don't want to, obviously, but in art it's just so awful I often end up leaving things to the last minute which just makes things worse!

    It's really important to me to meet my target of an A next year even though I'm not enjoying it, so I would really appreciate any advice regarding motivation, tips to improve my grade and just more generally about your experience with GCSE art.

    Thank you

    Last edited by Thinedivine; 26-08-2014 at 19:08.
  2. I've just finished Year 11 and I received an A* in AQA Art GCSE. I didn't have a nice experience with it either - in fact, I was predicted a B/low A at the end of Year 10.

    I think one thing I always made sure to do that got me at least an A on all my projects is making sure to annotate everything. I didn't even write anything interesting or important, just what I thought they wanted to hear! For example, where you're thinking of exploring next, what the piece of artwork reminds you of and some constructive criticism. It might make completing your course work even longer, but I found that it took up space in my sketchbook that I couldn't be bothered to fill with anything else.

    With the actual art work itself, I would focus on quality more than quantity. Though your teacher may have said this to you before (mine did, at least!) a few mediocre piece is not going to be able to compare with something that makes people go "wow!". This is where I usually filled up the rest with annotation. Sometimes being able to create a good piece of artwork can only be done when you actually care about it or are enjoying creating it. So before you start a project, choose a direction you want to take it in that allows you a lot of freedom and is quite vague from the beginning. At least, that certainly helped for me.

    I'm not sure about other exam boards, but with AQA you have to do a project that ends in a proper exam, with project ideas provided by the actual exam board. When you get around to doing this, place a lot of focus on developing your final piece. Mine was about 50% development of final piece/initial ideas and think that's what got me an A* in the end.

    I hope that helped! If you have any questions whatsoever, feel free to ask.

  3. (Original post by Thinedivine)
    So, I'm going into year 11 this September having chosen my options last year of Spanish, French, geography, history and art. Luckily, I have loved the first four subjects and am really enjoying the courses but art has been a nightmare!

    For starters, we were not given any choice in the project topic nor do we have a choice in the artists we study so I've had to draw things that really don't interest me all year, hence I have no motivation to work.

    I find the subject extremely time consuming and with my other four subjects, I really don't have the time to put in as much effort as I'd like to.


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