Art Talks – Aardman Animations

We are very lucky to have Gavin Strange, Senior Designer from Aardman Animations (Wallace and Gromit makers) delivering the first talk in the Art Talks series. He will be ‘in’ the classroom via Skype.

Get your questions ready for Tuesday 18th March.  Don’t be late, the talk starts at 3.15pm in Ar2.

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ART Talks

Get ready for a series of talks to be delivered by professional creatives from the art world. This is your opportunity to ask any questions to those who are making real difference in the creative industry.

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Also, take a look at the TED Talks website (you’ll notice the inspiration for the image above!).  TED invites acclaimed professionals from the across the globe to present talks about various topics, ranging from the Arts to Science.  The talks last for 18 minutes or less and they are very interesting to watch – some categories may even help with your GCSE’s.  Visit the website for more information

A03 Record – Observational Drawings from Photographs

Examples below of high quality photographs and studies.  Really look at the exmaples shown below – if you follow the layout and try to create similar studies, you will get the marks you need for your grade.

Remember, as well this post helping you with your Set Task, it will also help you with your C.P.  You will need to revisit parts of your skethbook to improve, so keep looking at past posts to help you gain those extra marks.

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SET TASK Ao3 Record – Photography Inspiration Pt3

Further examples of Ao3 record.  Some of the examples also have studies of the photographs on the same page.

Don’t forget to ANNOTATE!!  Remember the Annotate post and also pay reference to your GCSE booklet given to you at the start of September.

In the top right corner of the first page, you can see where the student has paid reference to their artist.  They have also created their interpretation of a win g which links to their initial theme.  Note the clear, plain background where they have taken the photograph of their object.

In the top right corner of the first page, you can see where the student has paid reference to their artist. They have also created their interpretation of a win g which links to their initial theme. Note the clear, plain background where they have taken the photograph of their object.


Photo’s which have been staged to communicate their theme. They have also started to experiment with drawing by drawing half of the photographs – this can bump up the Ao1 and Ao2.



Great example of annotation and photography.


Musical instruments – this is a good example of how to take clear photographs of objects zoomed in. Remember to use the macro setting when taking close up shots.


Good example of photography, studies and annotation.


You could use a scanner to take photos of objects. Creates a real sense of depth. Remember to close your eyes if you decide to scan your face!



You may think I am getting slightly obsessed with the theme of Headdress but the photography of two brothers Amit and Naroop really fits in well with the theme.  They have looked at the iconic turban worn by Sikh men.

The photograph’s explore various sikhs wearing the turban from watchmakers to polo players and give the viewer understanding of how the sikh faith is interpreted and adapted by these different sikhs.  You could apply this idea to other faiths as well or the way certain fashions are worn by people.

Visit their website for more information.  You may also get inspiration for your Ao3 work with regards to composition and general inspiration


Gurbir Singh – Polo Player


Narvir Singh – Filmmaker


Balbir Singh – Temple Volunteer


Chaz Singh Fliy – Creative Director


Daljit Singh Plahe – Watchmaker




Those of you who are looking at Headdress for your Set Task maybe interested in the photograpghs of J.D. Okhai Ojeikere.  He produced a series of work based on Nigerian hairstyles called Hairstyles.  The photographer took photos of intricate hair-dos of African women taken at work, social engagements and in the streets of Lagos.

These photo’s may inspire your half term AO3 homework by taking photograpghs of people with various hairstyles.


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A03 and A03 – Compositions for final outcome

You are now at the point where you need to bring all your ideas and artists together to come up with a final outcome.

Creating compositions is very important part of the developmental process when it comes to your work – it helps you and the marker understand where your work has got to and how you have summarised your theme.

Just coming up with a page of compositions and then creating a small mock piece to show your experimentation techniques will help you gain the marks you need in order to achieve the grade you want .

Take a look at the example below – if you work this way, there will be no problems!!


Fantastic example of composition development. There is enough annotation to explain what their thought process is. Also, the drawing is of high quality – this still counts if you are creating small compositions.


This a final outcome. The two images below show the process with how the student came up with the final composition, along with colour combinations which reflected their theme of Natural Forms



People Blocks

Andy Rementer is a an artist from America.  He creates colourful and playful pieces of artwork based on everyday events.  He has quite an impressive list of clients such as The New York Times, MTV and Warner Bros.

The artist uses a variety of materials to create his work ranging from ink, gouache, digital to his latest work where he has used wood.  His latest series, People Blocks has seen him change his illustrations in to 3D – they are interchangable where different body parts can be placed on top of one another.

Check out his website for further inspiration

Keywords: fragments, human, shape, broken, abstract, fun, weave, pattern.