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GCSE (sc) Visual Arts Mock Examination paper 2011

Students studying GCSE Art & Design/ Digital Photography/ Creative Textiles will all work on the same examination theme/ paper:

The Theme....

'Response to Portraiture'Â ...Make a personal response to the theme of 'Portraiture'. This could be a traditional, contemporary or abstract response.

CONTENTS: Introduction: Schedule: Assessment Objectives: AO1: DEVELOP AO2: REFINE AO3: RECORD AO4: PRESENT 'Prep' & ‘Development’ Work/time: Exam Piece/Outcome: Resources:

Introduction: ● The 'Theme' for this mock examination is: ‘Response to Portraiture’ During this exam you will be expected to make a clear link/ connection to the set theme and demonstrate a ‘range’ of ideas, experiments, explorations and ‘possible’ outcomes. You will be introduced to the set theme in class by your teacher via a slide-show. ● It is important that you make/ take notes during this introduction and ask questions if you are unsure about anything. ● The Slide-Show will help you understand the ‘structure’ and ‘process’ involved for your Mock exam project, and will also inform you of ‘key’ dates/times that you should write clearly into your planner.

The 'Mock' examination has two components that you need to prepare and plan for: 1. 'Prep' & ‘Development’ work - Sketchbooks/Journals 2. Final Outcome - Main outcome(s)

You will have 5 weeks to complete the 1st component, which should include evidence for assessment objectives 1,2 and 3. Your final ‘Mock’ exam will take place over 3 lessons, and will be conducted in strict examination conditions.

Schedule: ●

Week Beginning Mon 31st October - Examination paper is issued, and slide-show/ presentation will be given to all students.

31st October - 4th Dec - Prep/ Development time

5th Dec - 16th Dec - Exam/ final outcome. 5hrs to complete your exam piece/ final outcome.

Below is a suggested guide as to how you should spend your time throughout the exam project. ● NOTE: This is only a ‘guide’, you should aim to do more....... a lot more!!!







Read this exam guidance paper carefully. Begin planning and preparing your sketchbook/ journal.


Research and explore artists, photographers, textile artists.


Present initial findings/ research and planning.

1. Read the exam paper fully. Discuss

the theme with friends/ family/ teachers to gain ‘full’ ‘strong’ ideas in response to the theme. 2. You may need a new sketchbook/

journal. Begin with a title-page, then use a mind-map to illustrate your initial thoughts ideas. Write about what you intend to do, and how you intend to do it. 3. Research and explore work

created by other artists/ photographers/ textile artists. 4. Use the department website/

Mock site to access resources, links and to gain further help/ inspiration. 5. Try to find examples of work

that 'inspire' you. 6. Present all of the work found

inside your sketchbook/ journal. Include full comments and explanations for your interest/ relevance to the theme. ● ● ● ●


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1. 2.



Work from your 'found' artists/ photographers. Experiment and develop techniques/methods/ styles. Produce your own versions of your chosen artists/photographers/ textile artists work. Annotate/ comment and explain.

1. ‘Copy/ emulate’ the work of





your found artist/ photographer/ textile artist in your sketchbook/ journal. Try producing copies that mimics their work. Identify techniques used by your artist/ photographer, and reproduce these techniques using your own ideas/ work. Create your own versions (2-3) of work 'in the style of' your artist/ photographer/ textile artist. Explain 'in detail' all of your work. Use 'reasons', and ‘critique’: What, How, Why, Where? For all/any image and info make sure that you list/tag full sources such as URL’s/ book titles.

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1. Aim to have at least 2-3 possible


Produce sketches/ studies, Photographs, Textile items. Create a series of 'prep/ practice outcomes for your ‘possible’ ideas. Make a full version of your intended exam piece. Produce a 'Plan'.


Initial developments.

1. Art students: Produce an outline/




Exam 1

final outcomes/ ideas for your own work and illustrate these ideas by producing a series of sketches/ photos/ sample textile items that help to visualise your intentions for each. Include comments/ annotations to all of these. 2. Using full sketchbook/ journal pages make some initial 'prep' outcomes. Explore method, technique and media. (Photographers - ensure you produce 'Contact-Sheets' and ‘Proof Sheets’for all ideas), Textile students be sure that you create samples for each of your ideas. 3. Working outside of your sketchbook/ journal, aim to make a large version (Artists: A2 Size Work, Photographers: A3 final shot/image, Textile students: A4/3 size item of work that demonstrates your methods of your intended final outcome. Art students consider working on large paper or a medium canvas. Photography students consider 'mounting' your intended work on black mounting card (allow enough time for printing!)). 4. In your sketchbook/ journal, illustrate a plan for you to follow during all 3 exam lessons. Explain: What you will do, When you will do it, How you will do it. line drawing of your intended work. 2. Photography students take your initial set/batch of shots. 3. Textile Students: Prepare ‘base layers’ of your work.

Exam 2


Exam 3


Develop further.

1. Art students: Develop your work

by adding base colour to the background, and build your work through layers of colour/ tone. 2. Photography students: Make contact sheets from your initial shots, and analyse your work/ shots. Select four of your images to use for ‘Proof’ sheets and analyse further with more detail, consider editing with Photoshop and screen-shot your method/ processes. Identify and choose your final piece/ shot and send/ request TWO (A4) copies for printing to use for your final exam lesson. 3. Textile Students: Develop your final outcome further by adding layers, building in depth and a range of materials.

Final stretch.

1. Art students: Continue building

layers of colour/ tone to maximise depth, add details and effects. 2. Photography students: Present ONE of your final prints in your journal. Perform an analysis of your final work and then and mount the 2nd on mounting card. 3. Textile Students: Work into your final outcome with detail and aim to develop your work using thread and machine stitch. 4. All students produce an 'Evaluation' page. Explain how you felt your exam project went. What didn't work as intended, What you would change, if anything and why.

Assessment Objectives: You should approach your Mock Examination like a 'Project'. As such your work will be assessed using the four Assessment Objectives: ●

AO1: DEVELOP your ideas through investigations and links to Artists/ Photographers. Demonstrate analysis and cultural understanding.

AO2: REFINE your ideas/ work by experimenting and exploring media, materials and processes.

AO3: RECORD your ideas, observations and insights in ways that are relevant to your intentions.

AO4: PRESENT and create a personal, and meaningful response to the given theme. Demonstrating analytical and critical understanding in ways that are relevant to your development studies/ work, and with clear links/ connections to the work of others. For each of the assessment objectives your work will me marked out of 20.

A total of 80 marks can be gained. Use the scale/ indicator on the next page for help in understanding how marks will be awarded:

'Prep' & ‘Development’ Work/time: ●

You will be given 5 weeks of 'Prep' time. During this time you should ensure that fully prepared for lessons (do not forget/loose your sketchbook/ journal or other resources).

Try to dedicate some 'personal' time each week to discuss and plan your project/ work.

Consider the first 3 assessment objectives as a 'task-list'. Creating work for each of these assessment objectives will help your project develop, and give your final outcome (Exam Piece) a much better chance of success.

Make full use of the 'Art Clinic' every Wednesday 3pm onwards. Re-arrange your other commitments during this time so that you are able to attend.

Begin your 'Prep' work with a title-page. Then produce a mind-map to illustrate your initial thoughts/ ideas. Consider: Artists/Photographers/Textile Artists > Medium > Ideas > Outcome(s).

After a completing a series (2-3) of ‘possible’ outcomes (experimenting with colour, composition, scale, layout and media), produce one large version of what you intend to create during the exam.

Exam Piece/Outcome: ●

You will have 300 mins/ 5 hours to complete your final outcome for the mock examination project.

This will take place in normal lessons, so ensure that attend every lesson, and that you are prepared, organised and punctual. If you have a ‘known’ absence, inform your teacher prior to the lesson.

Examination conditions will be enforced during these lessons: No talking/ communication. (Photography students bring headphones or expect to work in silence - ‘MUTE’ your Mac!). No Mobile phones or other handheld devices such as MP3 players. An exam invigilator will be present to enforce conditions.

Ensure that you have a clear plan to follow for each lesson of the exam. Write this plan into your sketchbook/ journal during your 'prep' work/ time.

Ensure that you have all resources/ materials needed during the exam lessons. For example you may need to purchase a canvas (Art), or you may need access to the school network/ VLE (Photography), or you may need fabric, dyes or thread (Textiles).

Allow time at the end of each lesson to clear-up. If you finish your work before the end of the lesson. You must sit in silence until you are dismissed. When dismissed, you are to leave the room immediately.

Resources: ●

This exam guidance paper!

Perhaps a new sketchbook/ journal (in theory you should FILL a sketchbook/ journal during this exam project). These can be bought for £5.00ea from the department, if needed, or alternatively aquire/purchase your own from any good art shop, such as The Range.

Art Students: Canvas's - A medium (A3/2) for your 'prep' outcomes, and ideally a larger one (A1/2) for your final piece.

Visual Arts website: mockexam

Also, look out for exhibitions, which you feel may be relevant and/ or go and visit a gallery in person.

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. This will allow you to work on your exam theme wherever and whenever you need, via your phone/ device. All you need is a QR code reader app, point your phone web browser to one of readers below: For iPhone users. Go to iTunes and search for: QR Code reader

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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.

eGallery: ●

Take a look at some examples of work for this assignment.

YouTube: ●

Go to the Visual Arts YouTube channel and watch some amazing drawing/Photography/Textile tutorials.

Nouveau Calendar: ●

Keep up to date, and stay organised.

Colour Prints: ●

Request Colour print outs here.

Weblinks: ●

A set of useful weblinks

Visual Arts FB page: ● Discuss your exam work/ideas with other students

Twitter: ●

Follow us on twitter and keep up to date with news and events.

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