how to get an A* in GCSE Art & Design

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Hi Everyone,

i  do GCSE art and im in year 10 . My teacher never gives me an A* or even a B, i always get a C no  matter how much time i spend on it and i always ask how i can improve but she says nothing and she always finds excuses for why i get a c.

Please help me get an A* or A in art i really need it for my future job please.

thank you

Posted Sat 9th February, 2013 @ 18:17 by ada

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well what is important is your quality of work as well as the quantity, there's no point in spending lots of time on one piece of work if it stops you doing more, also technique and development are important, have a clear image of what you want out of your project and make sure your meeting all the assesment objectives (ao's) . also whats really important is technique, if you can only draw stick men your not gonna go far. Also the more personal you make your project the more marks you get like if you use your own photography and that :) that what i did at GCSE and i got an A and i now do Alevel art

if you need more help here's my email

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p.s try watching videos on how to draw you can watch them on they always help me and im sure they'll help you.

btw if you dont mind me asking what is your project on?

Answered Mon 11th February, 2013 @ 12:13 by sakura ikumi
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Quality is the most important... Try drawing the same picture again and again and you will improve each time...

Answered Sun 10th March, 2013 @ 10:53 by wr.1400
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it is also important that you use a wide range of materials to work in as it shows you can work with different things. The written analysis part is also very important, on both modern and old artists. I'm aiming for 100% this year and my teacher always says quality is the most important thing. But also try and work to your strengths if your better at doing certain things! 

Good luck

Answered Sun 10th March, 2013 @ 17:13 by Eleanor Parker
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My teacher always says that development (A03) gets u most of the marks. Just use loads of different materials to baically draw the same thing over and over again...

It acc helped improve my grade. Hope it helps.

Good luck!

Answered Sun 10th March, 2013 @ 19:35 by Sharmin
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its important that your drawing is correct as well make sure to compare tones:)

good luck

Answered Wed 13th March, 2013 @ 22:28 by Hannah
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me and my friend both took our art exam a year early, and without sounding cruel its not always the quality of work, i have a larger range of skill yet she is much more organised and ended up getting an A and me dropping down to a B due to changes of grade boundaries. Obviously do good work with a mixture of media, but it you have 3 amazing pieces, you won't get marked aswell as 50 alright pieces because it shows effort. try to balance between the twp

Answered Wed 10th April, 2013 @ 14:31 by molly
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AO3 is a really important aspect of the GCSE. Developing your ideas gives you most marks. Obviously all 4 AO1, AO2, AO3 and AO4 are very important. The more personal your work is, the better. I'm also in year 10 and have nearly finished my first project. I'm predicted A/A*. One of the pieces which really helped boost my mark is when we were doing artist research on a particular artist, I found a piece by the artist which is of a castle I know very well, so could connect with the piece. I could really relate to my work and it showed. It is my best piece so far. You have to do probably around 5/6 good pieces and a good final piece which involves many aspects of your 5/6 pieces to gain most marks. Always try to work to your strengths, but also use a range of media to show you have knowledge x 

Answered Thu 18th April, 2013 @ 21:36 by Emily
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I have the same problem, my teacher always gives me a C. She told me to acheive higher I need to, not only draw up final design ideas but to develop them further maybe one or two times more. Also use every type of media you can get access to as this strengthens your portfolio, and don't just do one drawing in a type of media you have to do two or three observational drawings to show that you are confident and strong with that skill and type of media. Also, when doing your artist research sheets make them as detailed as possible and keep the information to the type of art they do, dont waffle on about their personal life and what schools they attended as that is what I did and i was told to delete those bits. And in your final design make sure you try to link some it to the artist as well as using your own ideas.

Hope this helps :) Good luck with your art! :)

Answered Mon 29th April, 2013 @ 17:42 by :) PurpleJaguar (: - Team GR
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just turn up and scibble on the pages EASY

Answered Fri 26th April, 2013 @ 12:47 by Thomas Bagshaw