How do you get an A in GCSE Art?

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I'm already half way through my GCSE Art (Edexcel) exam and in all the other projects, I've been working on a high B. How do I get an A/A* in my exam, so that the whole project would average out to an A?

Posted Sat 24th March, 2012 @ 21:17 by James Leyson

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it's a lot of work, definitely. you've got to put effort in, spend a lot of time on it, there's no way around that

try exploring different medias. use photos, sewing, even film and video

and remember, the writing and explaining what youre doing is just as important as the actual 'doing'. you have to really show the examiner how youre thinking, and make intelligent links in your work to show you're being really sophisticated in your ideas

good luck!

Answered Sun 25th March, 2012 @ 20:27 by Tanya
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Make sure your work shows evidence of influence from the artists you have studied, this shows that you've truly understood and explored and developed your own ideas fully, that's where the marks are picked up. I got 100% in my GCSE level Art (edexcel) just by knowing where to pick the marks up, you don't actually have to be overly talented at a particular aspect of art. Just stick to the assessment objectives (that your teacher should have given to you, if not ask) and be sure to explain yourself with annotations along the way, never assume the examiner understands your ideas as you do.

But yes, Tanya's right. Hard work! The more outcomes the better- as long as they are relevant :) If you fancy doing a piece in oil pastel, research an artist that does that first and record it all as one continuous journey- make that 10 minute pastel outcome worth marks!

Good luck :) 

Answered Tue 10th April, 2012 @ 11:53 by Anna Watson
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I got an A in GCSE Art, adn to be honest, I have no idea how I did it. I was really lazy at GCSE and left everything until the last minute (Do NOT do this! I had to take time off school to catch up!)

However, If I was to suggest anything, I would say this:

-To start off our sketchbooks, we always do Brainwebs in our school. It's a good way to get your ideas going, and think about your project.

- Take photographs. Annotate them like mad. Little paragraphs saying what the photo is on. Talk about lines, drawing your eye in, colour, what you like, or if you don't like it, why not.

-Loads of artists. And different artists, who use different medias - Pencils, paints, collage, computer stuff. Talk about their history, their general style, and a particular peice (again talking about lines, colour, texture, shadows, blah blah blah, media, why you like it, etc.) and do a transcription. Then write about your transcription, what media you did your transcription (a copy of the artists' work) and whether you like it or not (and why!)

- Observational drawings. And in lots of different medias. Take photos, and draw from photos, or draw objects, and take photos of them. You can draw from primary and secondary imagery, but you do need your own photos and drawings. And lots of them! Sketches in pencil, pens, fineliners.

-Go to galleries. Don't rely on your school to organise these things. Even going to your local museum, or going into london with a few friends, and looking for new artists. Go to these galleries, and pick up loads of leaflets and booklets, and stick those in. "When I was on my school holidays, I went to an art gallery.." You get the picture. Just talk alot, and write about how y ou were inspired!

-For your final peices, and bigger peices think about all of this in relation to them. If you are doing a clay sculpture, research sculpture artists, a little about clay and techniques, and document everything. Take pictures of the stages, and talk about problems you had to overcome (make up some!) and constantly refer to your original idea.

Good luck! :D

Answered Fri 2nd November, 2012 @ 19:07 by Aimee Smith
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4 tips to get A/A*

  1. Making sure you link your final peice with all the other work you have.
  2.  Making links between your work and other artist.
  3. Create artworks that stand out from other, make it look different.
  4. Show that you are using a range of techniques and that you are experimenting with materials.

Good Luck :)

Answered Sat 26th January, 2013 @ 11:58 by cansu
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well, i think you should go back to the work you have done and make your comments on them and try to improve them to a grade standard . also you can take help from your teacher.

hope you get a* in your art gcse

Answered Sun 25th March, 2012 @ 11:56 by anjalirana
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we were always told: 

- use a wide range of techniques and media


 Drawing: chalk (on paper and floor), charcoal, crayon, graphite, human finger (ink or paint on it), marker, pastel (soft and oil) ink pen, pencil, watercolour pencil, rubber (pencil background rubbed into it to create a picture), biro, fine liner, coloured pencils – make sure to draw on different backgrounds.

 Painting: acrylic, ink (distress ink), watercolour (block and tube), poster paint-thumbnail for the techniques, poster. Application methods: action painting – when paint is just dribbled onto to the paper not carefully applied aerosol paint (spray painted), batik, and brush, Palette knife cardboard/glue spreaders, and sticks?



Printing – mono printing, poly printing, etc.

 Sculpture – materials: plaster (mod rock), clay, paper Mache, beads, cardboard (and things like it), found objects (rubbish etc.), natural materials (sticks, sand, leaves, shells, stones, flowers, fruit veg, seeds, grass, acorns, pinecones,),  wire, play dough, Styrofoam, tubes, opposites of natural materials (rubbish etc).

Collage materials: colouring book pages, old books, foam, confetti, crayon/pencil shavings, doilies, fabric, fancy paper (wrapping paper etc.), feathers, natural objects (flowers/leaves), glitter, junk mail/ envelopes,  newspaper, magazine pages, photos, playing cards, postcards, puzzle pieces, ribbon, lace, rice/lentils, rubber bands, sand, sequins, stickers, string, tin foil, tinsel, tissue paper, toothpicks, wallpaper, wire, yarn/wool, beads, stamps, pipe cleaners, lollipop sticks, straws, cellophane, tracing paper, plastic/paper bags, birthday cards, post-it note ,cotton wool, bubble wrap, zips.  (Backgrounds for drawing!)

Don’t forget mixed medium!

- draw from both seconday and primary sources (from both your own pics and things from adverts, magazines...) 

- take loads of your own photos and work from these whenever you can

- digital manipulation of photos is always a great idea 

- make sure you include the technqiues and influence of other artists in your work (i looked at sarah Beetson, Andy Warhol, Monet etc...) 

- make sure you include more than one final piece idea and make sure your final piece relates to all the work you did in your sketchbook 

i really really hope this helps :) 

Answered Fri 22nd June, 2012 @ 19:27 by Alisha
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u jus gotta do a good job yo man do a ood job yo yo

whatevs haooebs yo its all fine and good man you just gotta LIVE YOUR LIFE and live with happiness in your life


Answered Thu 29th March, 2012 @ 11:59 by Yo Diggy Dawg
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evaluate and experiment loaaads

Answered Fri 4th May, 2012 @ 12:30 by Chloe Lewis
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put lots of effort in it

let your imagination flow

try your best

use a wide variety of techniques

Answered Mon 7th May, 2012 @ 12:57 by saraaax
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put all your ideas in your art book beacuse most of your art marks comes from your art books and what ever is written in your book or what ever you have done should reflext in your final piece. Also do thousands of research on different artist who do different work and try and use their ideas in your work. You can also use different materials to show you have a wide range of skills and try to be as creative as possible to show your different from others. One last thing alway make sure your project has a meaning behind it or make the teacher/students believe there's meaning behind your project!!!!! 

Answered Sat 5th January, 2013 @ 20:34 by Debra