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Art & Design

Coursework portfolio

Preparatory studies

Your preparatory studies could take the form of a sketchbook, journal, or a collection of sheets showing the journey from your initial ideas to your finished piece. This work is worth about 75 per cent of your coursework marks.

The preparatory studies should include observational drawings, photographs, artist research, experiments and ideas for how you plan to develop their work into your final piece.

  1. Use good quality paper - this will make a real difference to the standard of your work.
  2. Work in a methodical way through your project.
  3. Use a variety of materials when drawing from observation - pencil, pen, chalk, oil pastel and watercolour, for example.
  4. Be imaginative with the layout and presentation of your work.
  5. Annotate your work to describe why you have done things and how you could develop them further.
  6. Make sure your work links to that of other artists.
  7. Make sure you note where an image has come from if you have found a relevant photograph on the internet or in a magazine.
  8. Experiment and take risks.
  9. Spend time considering your final piece. Try a wide variety of design ideas and experimentation to refine and improve your ideas.
  10. Don't throw anything away. All the work you do - even unfinished pieces - could be important to demonstrate an understanding of the assessment objectives.
  11. Make sure you have covered the first three assessment objectives within your sketchbook work.

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