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A3: Artists Research

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A3: Artists Research •

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 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' artists and artwork. You can perform a search for relevant artists in a number of ways: ◦ ◦ ◦

Visit the library and explore the 'Portrait' section of available art books. Visit a gallery or exhibition showing 'Portraiture' work on display. Conduct a web-search using a popular search engine

During your exploration, try to find examples of art work 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? What is/was the work made from (materials/ medium). For example is it a painting/ print/ collage/ sculpture etc. 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 artist(s). Try to include: ◦ Where the artist(s) lived ◦ When the artist(s) lived/ work ◦ What 'style' or 'period' of art the artist is known for.

More importantly, you need to include your OWN thoughts and opinion about the artist(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 artist happy in their life? ◦ Try to form arguments for, and against your opinion to give your work depth.

A3: Artists Research 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 artist(s). ◦ Examples of work page - To provide examples of artwork created by the artist. ◦ A 'Link/ Connection' page - To explain how/ why you believe that your chosen artist(s) 'fit in' with your current project (Portraiture), and also more importantly, how your chosen artist(s) and/ or their work has inspired you to create your own 'Personal Response' (A5: 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 etc. Give some thought and care to how your information is displayed.

A3: Artists Research Task 3: Working from your artist(s) examples. •

Select 3-4 examples of artwork created by your chosen artist(s), using a page for each example try to replicate the work. This can be done by: ◦ Drawing ◦ Painting ◦ Collage ◦ Pastels ◦ Inks ◦ ICT/ Photoshop

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 artist(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. This is to show that you understand what you have done, how you have done, and why you did it the way that you did.

A3: Artists Research Task 4: Links/ connections with your own work This is 'preparation' for A5: Personal Response. The work that you produce/ create for assignment 4 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 artist(s) that you explored during this assignment (A3). Include an example of art created by your chosen artist(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 illustrates how your idea/ work is linked to the work of your chosen artist(s).

A3: Artists 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: • • • • • 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.

eGallery: •

Take a look at some examples of Artists work to help inspire you for this assignment.

YouTube: •

Go to the Visual Arts YouTube channel and watch video content on a range of artists.

Nouveau Calendar: •

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Colour Prints: •

Request Colour print outs here.

Weblinks: •

A set of useful weblinks

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