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You must become familiar with... The Basic Elements of Art:


                        COLOUR                               LINE                                  SHAPE            

                     TONE                                   PATTERN                          TEXTURE


You must understand the term COMPOSITION:


It means: "the placement or arrangement of visual elements or ingredients in a work of art. It can be thought of as the organization of the elements of art."


The term composition means 'putting together.' It is often used interchangeably with various terms such as design, form, visual ordering, or formal structure,


You must be familiar with the creative process: RED-P 


                                                       RECORD - EXPERIMENT - DEVELOP - PRESENT


In the test you will be asked to write about this process, giving 3 examples of what you could do at each stage.


In the RECORDING phase you could, for example;

make an observational drawing                   take a photograph                write a description             make a montage       paint an image           make a print        copy an artist's work           make a doodle           draw from your imagination                            


In the EXPERIMENTING phase you could, for example:    


rip up a drawing and paste it back together                      make an image on an unusual support, e.g. page from a book

draw using your weaker hand                                          try blending two materials together

make an image on an unusual format e.g.  a circle          make a close up image of part of an original study      


In the DEVELOPMENT phase you could, for example;


                                  Make a series of the same image using different materials

                                  Join two of your studies to make a new composition

                                  Make a new version of one of your studies using bright colours

                                  Make several compositional studies of the same idea

                                 Add a decorative background

                                 make a series of increasingly complex prints



In the PRESENTATION phase you should choose your most successful study and, for example;


make a larger version                                      make a version using a range of materials, handled skilfully

make a more detailed version                          paint the image extremely neatly

master the shading in a drawing                      successfully use overlapping layers



In the test you will draw three boxes in three dimensions


You will then develop an idea for a main piece on the theme of urban streets 


For the test you should revise the  artists you have studied this year: Nathan Bowen. Stephen Wiltshire. Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold, David Hockney,  Pablo Picasso and Allison Glancey You will need to describe their work.



C. Coultart 2010-2019

Y8 Revision - Summer 2024

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