Instagram is brilliant place to find professional and non professional artists who upload videos or pictures of artwork they have created.  Many of the artists you are introduced to in class may have an Instagram feed – try and find some of them.  Its interesting to see what they get up to on a day to day basis.

Ideally, you do need to download the app in order for you to search for people as the website version has no search option.  I think its an amazing piece of technology – seeing what people are doing around the world the same time as you and also great for photography inspiration.

Check out  feed.  She is an artist from Australia who creates fantastic photorealism pieces of art of popular culture.  Make sure you look at the videos as they give you an insight on various techniques when it comes to adding tone. Note how she always has the image she is working from in front of her. If she influences you, make sure you pay reference to her in your work.  She is not the only artist on there, try and find others who can help you with your art techniques.

Also have a look at the videos of Doll Memories . This feed will help you with paint or watercolour techniques.

I enjoy looking at the feed of the Photo Society.  The society is made up of contributing photographers to the National Geographic Magazine

Start to create your own feed with artwork you have created – be great to see!

AO1 Develop

Another useful checklist.  Remember the DERP as well.


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.

gurpsart talk

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.

Continue to ANNOTATE!!!image5 image6 image2 image4 image1


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!


SET TASK Ao3 Record – Photography Inspiration Pt2

This work explores the theme of Perception, Culture and Identity.  The student was interested in her religion of Islam and how the media has influenced peoples perception of the religion and blurred the lines of what is good and bad.  She staged her own photographs,  played around with projection and layering her photographs on top of one another digitally – I can show you how to do this in lesson depending on the avenue you go down with your theme.




Use of projection. Projecting a blurred image in the background to get the message of blurred perception of the Islamic faith.


Photographing glasses which make up the student’s identity


Fusing the photographs together to develop the theme and generate possible final outcomes.

SET TASK Ao3 Record – Photography Inspiration Pt1

Even though the example given below is a A level sketchbook, the general way of generating prep work is near enough the same.  The theme for the project was Distortion and the student was awarded 100% through their simple exploration and high quality studies.  I thought I would show you the whole process of her prep work as you will have to do the same thing.

The photograph’s are of a very high level as the student was also studying A level photography and used traditional methods of photography.  But this doesn’t mean you can’t achieve the same quality imagery (read the photography hints and tips post that will be up soon).  The student paid reference to her artists who influenced her initial theme and photography – remember do this as well when taking your photographs.


Photographs exploring the theme of Distortion


Experimentation with pencil and paint with further photographs


Charcoal studies to achieve the layers from the initial photographs


Further experimentation with colour and materials which relate to the artist research


Final idea development


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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