The purpose of Art and Design at GCSE level is to help students build creative skills through learning and doing. To develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies, societies and cultures.
We have taken a look at the resources available on the internet, and have come up with our list of the best resources for GSCE Art & Design:
The BBC’s Bitesize pages are an excellent starting point for those needing help with their GSCE Art & Design coursework and exams. The site has practically everything you need to know to achieve top grades: it teaches the technical aspects of drawing, graphics, painting, photography and sculpture, and provides vital information on course structure and assessment objectives. The site’s creators acknowledge that although creativity is essentially a subjective pursuit, even the greatest artists obtain inspiration from others respective fields. One section entitled Art & Design: Developing your ideas features a video on how successful GCSE students work to turn inspiration into art, and how they prepare for the final exam. The site also includes an ample gallery of works from the realms of art and architecture
This site’s aim lies in helping art students excel in their GSCE Art & Design course. It includes free art teacher resources and articles on everything from time management to self-motivation, project ideas, technical advice, creating one’s own websites and career prospects within the art world.
There is no better way to understand what excellent work looks like than by looking up sketchbooks posted to Pinterest and other social networking sites by talented students. Past sketchbooks can also provide inspiration for how to present one’s work through the use of different calligraphy styles and page layouts.
This video is particularly interesting in that it shows a successful GSCE art student showing page by page of her work and providing tips on the requirements of a professional looking sketchbook. Some of the best advice provided include the importance of focusing on quality rather than quantity, and not being afraid of experimenting, so that examiners can see the process you have undergone to create your works of art. An excellent sketchbook doesn’t have to be neat and tidy.
This site, also set up by the BBC, is favoured by teachers and students alike, since it features an impressive array of clips that can be streamed in class. Find everything from ideas of how to shade, draw upside down or draw ‘the Rossetti way’; watch successful ceramicists at work or see how new technologies are making art much more accessible to all.
This excellent resource enables art lovers and students alike to discover the entire contents of the UK national collection of oil paintings. Search for information on the lives and work of thousands of artists, discover where you can view important artworks in person and find resources which are specifically aimed at schools. The guide to artistic styles and movements provides an excellent introduction to over 40 different artistic styles and movements.
This site is a compilation of past exemplar material created by GCSE Art & Design students for their final exam (OCR). Find material from the years 2011 to 2005.
We hope that you have found these resources useful and interesting. If you have come across great Art & Design websites that you think should be added to our list, please share them with us via the comments below.