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A3: Portraiture - Photographer research, development and links.

Guidance, support and help for Assessment Objectives 1+4


A3: Portraiture - Photographer research, development and links. ●

For this assignment you are required to conduct a range of tasks (below). The purpose of this assignment is to help you prepare for final exam 'Controlled Test'.

The presentation of you research, exploration an ddevelopments including the final outcome of this assignment will provide you with evidence for two assessment objectives (AO1 & AO4).

CLICK HERE to learn more about the assessment objectives.

Task 1: Research and explore 'Portrait' Photographers and their work. You can perform a search for relevant artists in a number of ways: ○ Visit the library and explore the 'Photography/Portraits' section of available books. ○ Visit a gallery or exhibition showing 'Portraiture' work on display. ○ Conduct a web-search using a popular search engine e.g. National Portrait Gallery / The Photographers Gallery ● During your exploration, try to find examples of photography which you find interesting/ inspiring. With a little more research you should identify and record some 'key' facts and information about the work you source: ○ Who made the work? ○ What is the work about? (content/subject) ○ What were influences/inspiration for the work? ○ When was the work created? ○ Save copies of the work(s) for presentation and development.


● You should also find and record your knowledge and understand of the photographer(s). Try to include: ○ Where the photographer(s) grew up ○ When the photographer(s) lived/ worked ○ What 'style' or 'type' of photography the photographer is best known for.

● More importantly, you need to include your OWN thoughts and opinion about the photographer(s), and, their work. ○ How does the work make you feel? ○ What do you think the work is about? ○ Does the work hold any symbolism, or deeper meaning? ○ Was the photographer happy in their life/work? ○ Try to form arguments for, and against your opinion to give your work depth.


A3: Portraiture - Photographer research, development and links. Task 2: Presenting your research ● After you have conducted thorough research and exploration, you need to 'present' your findings inside your sketchbook/ journal. ● Consider: ○ Making a title-page ○ An introduction page (what your research/ work is about) ○ An information page (to provide facts and knowledge about the photographer(s). ○ Examples of work page - To provide examples of photography created by the artist/photographer. ○ A 'Link/ Connection' page - To explain how/ why you believe that your chosen photographer(s) 'fit in' with your current/next project (Portraiture), and also more importantly, how your chosen photographer(s) and/ or their work has/will inspire(d) you to create your own 'Personal Response' (A6: Personal Response). ○ A conclusion page - Providing a short 'summary' of what you have learnt/ discovered during your research, and how your own work may develop because of this. ● Before you present any of your work, try to make your sketchbook/ pages interesting by using background effects, colours, titles etc. ● Give some thought and care to how your information is displayed/ presented.


A3: Portraiture - Photographer research, development and links. Task 3: Working from your photographer(s) examples. Select 3-4 examples of artwork created by your chosen photographer(s), using a page for each example try to replicate the work. ● Experiment in the style of these photographers with your idea. ● Experiment with different Photoshop tools ● Experiment with different processes- scanning, photocopying, digital manipulation, and printing. Place your examples on the page, and then along-side or near-to, include your own version. Develop your own work further by using your chosen photographer(s) style, technique, subject and/ or medium to create an original development piece. Produce 2-3 alternative development pieces, exploring different possible outcomes. Try to include at least one alternative development using ICT/ software, for example 'image manipulation' using Adobe Photoshop. All development work should include a strong level of annotation/ comments. ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Why did you do it? How did you do it? How does it relate to your theme/project? Were you influenced by a photographer? How/Why? Was it successful? How would you improve it next time? Comment on atmosphere, mood, colour and composition.

Your sketchbook / journal must flow and make sense!


Task 4: Links/ connections with your own work 1. This is 'preparation' for A4/A5: Personal Response. 2. The work that you produce/ create for assignment 4 (Expressive Portrait) and assignment 5 (Montage) should have a clear link/ connection to the work that you do for this assignment (A3).

Using new sketchbook pages, dedicate these to the initial planning and preparation for your next assignment. Consider: ● Making a title-page - 'Links to my Portrait Response' ● A mind-map page - which illustrates how your own work will 'link' to the photographer(s) that you explored during this assignment (A3). ● Include an example of art created by your chosen photographer(s), which has inspired your own idea/ work. ● Explain why this work was/ is inspirational, and what elements you will try to use within your work, and why. ● Create/ produce some initial examples/ studies that illustrate how your idea/work is linked to the work of your chosen photographer(s).

Clink here to go to the 'LINKS' page on the department eLearning site, for help in getting started with your research.


Do you have a smart phone? If so you can use the camera on your phone to access online resources to help you with this assignment. All you need is a QR code reader app, point your phone web browser to one of readers below: ● ● ● ● ●

http://reader.kaywa.com http://get.beetagg.com http://www.quickmark.com.tw/En/basic/download.asp http://europe.nokia.com/support/product-support/nokia-n80/phone-software/smartphone For iPhone users. Go to iTunes and search for: QR Code reader

Once you have a reader/ app on your smart phone. Simply take a quick snap of the code(s) below, and you will be redirected to the required resource, directly on your phone.

AFL: Assessment for Learning. ●

Learn about the assessment objectives. http://bit.ly/ocWza1

eGallery: ●

Take a look at some examples of work for this assignment. http://bit.ly/qPp0nU

YouTube: ●

Go to the Visual Arts YouTube channel and watch some amazing drawing tutorials. http://bit.ly/oDFz6V

BritArt Calendar: ●

Keep up to date, and stay organised. http://bit.ly/okvULy


Colour Prints: ●

Request Colour print outs here. http://bit.ly/gBCGxv

Weblinks: ●

A set of useful weblinks http://bit.ly/mU3j8A

Visual Arts FB page:

http://bit.ly/khk1Nl

Twitter: ●

Follow us on twitter and keep up to date with news and events. http://bit.ly/m6q4Z6

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