A level fine art essay
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My chosen artist and why The artist that I have chosen to look at is Barbara Kruger. I have chose to look at her work because I found her work very appealing and it inspired me more then any other artist that I have researched. The reason I think her work inspired is because most of her work consists of violence against women and I am very against this matter. Kruger expresses her views on this matter through text and photography in her art work. It’s like her aim is to show people how women are treated in this world. As I am a female myself I was attracted by her work and it made me want to research more in depth and create work in her style. She layers found photographs from existing sources with pithy and aggressive text that involves the viewer in the struggle for power and control that her captions speak to. Most of her work includes text in black or white letters against a slash of red background, some of her instantly recognizable slogans read «I shop therefore I am,» and «Your body is a battleground.» I think much of her text questions the viewer about feminism, classicism, consumerism, and individual autonomy and desire, although her black-and-white images are culled from the mainstream magazines that sell the very ideas she is disputing. Here is a few of Kruger’s works attached together. It shows a view of what her work is about. She uses words such as «hate», «body» «battleground», and «world». These are big words, and have strong meanings. This shows that the message she is trying to get out to people is also big, strong and has a lot of meaning. Her works are direct and evoke an immediate response. Usually her style involves the cropping of a magazine or newspaper image enlarged in black and white. . read more.
Also when looking at her work it doesn’t seem as powerful as Kruger’s work, I think this maybe because Kruger’s work doesn’t show much expression or live as Kruger’s work like when looking at Holzer’s work everything looks still everything looks at rest. For example looking at this image all you see is a women who seems to be running with a straight face on, it doesn’t look real she look as if she’s a zombie who doesn’t seem to care about what is happening around her. You then notice the text on her t — shirt which says «Abuse as power comes as no surprise!» and it sort of confuses you a little because when you look at them women’s face she doesn’t even seem to be bothered whatsoever. But maybe that is perhaps the message that Holzer is trying to get through to other people that abuse comes as no surprise that’s why the women probably has a straight face on because she may find abuse regular. That’s why she’s not surprised because she thinks of abuse as a normal everyday thing. Most of Holzer’s work appears to be still, for example looking at the images above created by Holzer you can see that they are just photographs taken with the text already on. By this I mean she hasn’t edited the pictures or done anything with them, all she has done is set everything up and take a picture and that’s it her work is done. Whereas Kruger edits her picture, she uses different affects on the images so they look more attractive and adds short words or short sentences on the image so it’s easier to read and so the public finds it interesting to read whereas if it was too long the public won’t be bothered reading in other words may be bored doesn’t get bored by reading it. By saying most of Holzer’s work appears still, by this I also mean that most of her work is on real. read more.
I want to base my work on the same issue as Kruger violence against women. I will also use the idea of using words and images in my work but not in the exact style of Kruger so it doesn’t seem as though I have copied her work exactly. The reason I want to base my work on Kruger’s is because looking at her work makes me think about the world about what is going on around me. One of the reasons why I like Kruger’s work is because it brings up a number of questions in my mind such as, how our culture has changed from the past years. How people treat one another? How men take advantage women, and how the world has become so selfish. I think by basing my work in the style of Kruger’s work will give me a deeper understanding of her work. It will help me to understand her work intensely and will give me more knowledge on the artist than I already have. The use of text in her work gives me an idea on how to use words in my work, on how to make my work look more attractive just like hers by using short direct phrases and words. I want my work to send out strong messages just like hers to make the viewer believe in me. In my work I will try and change the effects and the colour of the images the way she changes hers, and the way she makes the image look as though she made it rather than an existing picture. Also the expressions of the people in her image make the image look more real and attractive, it makes you feel like its true whatever she is trying to tell viewer. She makes the viewer believe in her work, that what she saying is true. This also influences my work to take more effective pictures with the correct expressions and text that go together and make the image look real and attractive that would make the viewer believe in you and your work. . read more.
This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Art & Design section.
A Level Art: The Personal Study
A2 Art students are required to produce a detailed Personal Study (previously known as the Related Study for CIE students). The Personal Study is a critical and visual appraisal or theoretical study of any aspect of the visual arts. It is usually an analysis of art or design that focuses on one or both of the following:
- Process and materials (the way an artist or group of artists use/s media);
- Subject or theme (the way an artist approaches a similar topic, generally with reference to composition, technique and the visual elements – line, texture, space, colour etc).
It may or may not relate to your AS or A2 Coursework, although a link between the two can be helpful. (This is a new requirement – it used to be that the Personal Study had to relate to Coursework).
Whatever topic is chosen, students must have first-hand access to at least some of the art or design work analysed in their study. It is also beneficial to have access to sketches, planning, incomplete and finished works, so that students are able to understand and illustrate the art-making process. Please read how to select a great A2 Art Personal Study topic for more guidance with this.
Students are required to submit:
- 1 x Personal Study (max 3,500 words, maximum size A1). It may be presented in any appropriate written and/or practical format, including an illustrated formal essay; a structured sequence of annotated art or design work; a presentation of slides; VHS video footage; digital or multimedia presentation (these must be backed up by hardcopy). The Personal Study must include an:
Prior to beginning the Personal Study, students should submit a Outline Proposal Form, which details: intentions (the focus of the Study); sources for first-hand study; sources of other information; bibliography; and your teacher’s comments.
A2 Personal Study assessment
The A2 Personal Study is worth 40% of your A2 Art course and 20% of your final A Level Art grade. It is externally assessed (i. e. marked by CIE examiners). Most countries send the Personal Study to Cambridge University to be moderated; other counties, like New Zealand, are lucky enough to have the examiners travel to them.
The Personal Study is given a single mark out of 100, using the following criteria:
Personal Study presentation ideas
CIE gives the following recommendations:
If a balance of visual and written analysis is presented it should not exceed 3500 words. Alternatively, a carefully structured sequence of annotated drawings, paintings, photographs, prints or three-dimensional objects may be presented in any appropriate format. A carefully-ordered slide, tape or video presentation or any combination of written or recorded analysis with any possibility of graphic presentation is also permissible. An introduction, a conclusion and a bibliography are expected to be included in each type of presentation.
This vibrant fold-away sketchbook completed by art teacher Tom Wood illustrates an interactive method of presentation that may be suitable for your Personal Study.
In other words, virtually any format is acceptable. Formats that have not been specifically mentioned above include a mounted display or an onscreen presentation, such as a PowerPoint, blog page or vlog (as long as examiners travel to your school for assessment and there are facilities for setting up computers in the moderation and assessment area when the examiners arrive). If you are contemplating a digitally displayed presentation, it is best to seek advice from the examiners prior to beginning your study.
The best personal studies are those that are visually appealing; show artistic and literary skill; communicate a message clearly; and visually complement the artist/s or designer/s studied.
This Personal Study by Mary Faber (completed while studying at ACG Strathallan College) uses a typical book format.
The Personal Study is a substantial project, which cannot be completed at the last minute. Every aspect of the study should be carefully researched and organised. Students must plan and consider the content, order and structure of their study, as well as the presentation methods, including, for example, how they will integrate text and image, as well as selection of font style and colour (the examiners must be able to read the text clearly – if there is any doubt about this, send a typed copy of the text with your submission), text alignment, page format, paper colour and weight, column widths and so on. Illustrations should be exceptionally high quality, relevant to the topic and selected carefully. It is advisable that many of these are hand-crafted or photographed by the student themselves, rather than the majority being second hand images sourced from the internet. Tactile, textured paintings are likely to be better displayed in the flesh, whereas photographic or graphic work may suit a digitally created presentation. Those who are able to create beautiful video footage of an artist working might consider making a DVD. It is worth noting here that while the presentation should be exciting, beautiful and visually interesting, a wildly unusual presentation style is not always necessary – a beautifully composed ‘book’ presentation is more than capable of achieving 100%.
Image (above right) sourced from Tom Wood.
A Level Art Personal Study examples
Below are some examples of some ordinarily presented (yet beautiful) sketchbook layouts, as well as some more creative Personal Studies. I am actively looking to illustrate a wider range here. If you have or know anyone who would be willing to share their work on this website then please read our Featured Art Project submission guidelines.
An A2 Painting / Fine Art Personal Study by Jennifer Neeve from William de Ferrers School:
An A2 Painting / Fine Art Personal Study by Nikau Hindin of ACG Parnell College:
This A2 Painting Related Study (CIE 9704) by Nikau Hindin analyses the artwork of Kelcy Taratoa. The cover is a replication of one of Taratoa’s works, with the text replaced with the title of the Related Study. Parts of the painting fold out, as shown in the photograph below. Nikau achieved 98% for her overall A Level grade.
This A2 Painting Related Study has fold out panels, integrating digital and hand painted work. The folded out pieces have typed passages and visual studies glued neatly to both sides. The Related Study is several layers deep, with ample room for a comprehensive written analysis.
A CIE A Level Art Personal Study by Tirion Jenkins from YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College:
This section of Tirion’s Personal Study contains practical investigations into the different compositional and practical elements that must be organised and arranged, prior to a fashion photography shoot. Titled ‘Alternative Fashion Photography’, Tirion’s Personal Study was awarded Best in Hong Kong (2012).
This Personal Study involves folding out panels containing text and visual material, with the presentation cleverly linking to the chosen artist Mondrian. Elizabeth achieved 100% in A Level Art.
This ‘A’ grade Personal Study uses a combination of drawings, collage and computer generated material to create a striking, easily read, contemporary, magazine style layout. It is possible that such a layout such could be entirely digital, with images scanned, allowing for ease of text editing and layout manipulation.
This sculptural Personal Study is highly creative and original presentation style for an A2 Art (Painting) submission, and resulted in a final grade of 100% being achieved. This large provocative wall display, incorporating typed text passages and scantily clad women, is accompanied by a sculptural installation that includes a collaged toilet bowl and text covered vase. Brilliant!
Digital presentation (below right) by Martyn Littlewood:
This is not an A Level Art Personal Study, however it gives an indication of the many exciting ways in which visual essays can be presented using modern technology. Bear in mind that however your Study is presented, it must be possible for the examiners to assess it easily in your absence.
Note: This article relates to the A2 Personal Study, Component 4, CIE 9704 A Level Art and Design – the International version of A Levels, assessed by the University of Cambridge. Information is sourced from the CIE A Level Art and Design syllabus. It is hoped that the examples of student work will also be of value to students studying A Level Art under other examination boards.
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Amiria has been an Art & Design teacher and a Curriculum Co-ordinator for seven years, responsible for the course design and assessment of student work in two high-achieving Auckland schools. She has a Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Bachelor of Architecture (First Class Honours) and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching. Amiria is a CIE Accredited Art & Design Coursework Assessor.