This A2 Painting Related Study (CIE 9704) by Nikau Hindin analyses the artwork of Kelcy Taratoa. The cover is a replication of one of Taratoa’s works, with the text replaced with the title of the Related Study. Parts of the painting fold out, as shown in the photograph below. Nikau achieved 98% for her overall A Level grade.
In many cases, the brainstorming phase of an Art project has to be completed quickly, however, if you are a fast drawer and have a spare weekend, you might wish to produce a collection of drawings to illustrate your ideas. You should avoid drawing things from imagination and may wish to include a range of different mediums. Before spending considerable time on this exercise, you should check with your art teacher whether this is appropriate for your project.
Using paint to create voluptuous forms can be a fun presentation method for students, as it allows them to ‘make art’ from the very first sketchbook page. A fast drying acrylic or water colour paint is ideal. This approach is most appropriate when the forms and colours can be connected with the subject matter itself. Care should be taken to ensure that the resulting mind map is not overly distracting and disconnected visually from the remainder of the work.
Graphic Design students in particular often feel confident brainstorming ideas in graphical format. Note the clever repetition of colour in this work and how borders around certain areas of text draw the viewer’s attention.
These outstanding sketchbook pages are by an up-and-coming young designer who has had work worn by Lady Gaga. The inviting, textural, mixed-media pages are filled with multiple layers of mediums; each page treated as an artwork itself. Dramatic human faces have been collaged into the work and then collaged, cut and drawn over.
This A Level Art sketchbook page by Nikau Hindin shows an analysis of paintings by Janet Fish. The bottom left image is a photocopy; the top right image is an acrylic copy of part of the painting (there is rarely any need for students to slavishly replicate an entire painting – a small portion is enough for students to gain an understanding of the techniques and processes used).
This A2 Painting Related Study has fold out panels, integrating digital and hand painted work. The folded out pieces have typed passages and visual studies glued neatly to both sides. The Related Study is several layers deep, with ample room for a comprehensive written analysis.