Using annotation

Student design sketches for a bowl featuring octopus forms
Keep your work visual and use annotations to analyse and explain it

Annotations are written explanations or critical comments added to art or design work that record and communicate your thoughts.

There are several reasons annotation may be used, for example to:

  • analyse the work of an inspirational artist or designer
  • record a technique
  • record ideas
  • explain the thinking behind an idea
  • analyse the success of a technique, idea or composition
  • explain how a particular artist or designer’s style or technique has influenced your work

Annotations can be used for your own reference, eg to make a note of how you achieved a technique, or to record an idea you might like to try later.

They can also be used to communicate information to the examiner that will help explain your thoughts and decision-making processes.

Using annotations can demonstrate evidence of planning, decision-making and problem-solving ability, which will all contribute towards your assessment.