How to get an A in GCSE Art

Art

Art. Art is not as easy as many think it is, there is a lot to do and a lot to think about. I looked at a lot of blog posts and videos whilst doing my GCSE art about sketchbooks and how to achieve the best grade which is why I wanted to do a post like this to see if I can help anyone doing GCSE art now because it can be tough. These are a few of my tips and a little look into 2 out of 4 of my sketchbooks over GCSE, I got an A in both of the ones here and my earlier ones are B grade.

Our exam topic was Beginning and or end, my final piece was a portrait of my friend shouting ‘ maybe you should change your perspective’.

Our mock topic was Past present and/or future. This was one of my favourite topics because I could be more creative with it and explore different ways I could portray people. I painted on people, experimented with palette knife painting and began to find myself more as an artist.

And then we had two other topics; Object and structure. Object was my worst sketchbook because I hadn’t really got into the flow of GCSE structure, by year 11 I had a bit of a routine; Artist, photography, responses. Sometimes I wold respond directly from the artists work to get the colours and techniques more accurate.

My top 5 tips:

  1. Take lots of photos.
  2. Develop your work until you don’t feel it can get any better or have a better idea.
  3. Explore lots of different materials; sewing, painting, drawing, ink, texture etc.
  4. Choose a subject matter you enjoy painting. For me it was people but yours could be anything from flowers to city scenes to cars.
  5. Write about your thought processes as to why you choose this particular artist and about what you like or don’t like in your own work – be critical.

best of luck if you’re doing GCSE Art, I’m sure you’ll do amazing! Just keep doing what you love above anything else, if you love what you’re doing it will show in your work xxx

Have you got any tips for doing art at gcse?

How to style painted denim

Art, Fashion, Style

To buy my Hand Painted denim jackets click here

For the past couple of months I have been selling jackets that I have hand painted on Depop. This post is about how you can style painted denim whether it is my painted jackets or from somewhere else as there are loads of talented people out there!

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I’m styling this denim jacket with my classic comfy old skool vans, a grey crop top from Topshop (that goes with pretty much anything!) and my favourite peg trousers from Pull & Bear. They are a super comfy and soft material and can be dressed up for an interview or dressed down for a more casual look like I’ve done here. My only complaint is that they are a little short on the legs for me as i’m quite tall. I also like the look of these trousers on ASOS if your’e looking for more of that ‘paper-bag’ style and they would also go perfectly with a denim jacket.

I have paired this outfit with my yellow rekanken.

I hope you enjoyed this post and like my painted denim jackets! 🙂

To read about how I paint them and the materials I use click here.

Painted Denim

Art, Fashion, Style
Hand painted Denim Jacket

Recently I have started selling hand-painted denim jackets on Depop…

check them out:  https://www.depop.com/accaliasmith

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Hand painted Jackets make great personalised gifts for the special people in your life!

Each Jacket is completely unique and original, handpainted with acrylic paint so they are washable too (when the inside of the jacket is ironed the plastic based paint melts into the fabric).

Please contact me (email: accaliasmithblog@gmail.com or message me on Depop) if you would like to request a particular personalised design, your favourite colours or a quote you love that you’d like on the jacket.

I’m selling them for around £25 depending on the price of the jacket originally before painting (you can also send me your own jacket if you’d prefer) and the complexity of the design.

Have a look on Depop or check out my art here:  https://www.instagram.com/acreativeconcoction/

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Personalise your jacket with your own quote…

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Request any images you would like, from faces to flowers.

Get your jeans personalised to you too. Perfect for a festival or for everyday.

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Dare to be different- My GCSE Art short film

Art

Art is definitely my favourite subject in GCSE, As part of our topic of Past,Present and/or future I decided to experiment with art in the style of Alexa Meade; Painting directly onto people to transform them into a painting.

Thank you so much to my friends for being my models and letting me cover you in acrylic paint ! If you give this a go please make sure to only use PA approved paint otherwise it will have harsh chemicals in it! i found it a lot more effective with just 2 contrasting colours but i did gradually add dome colour to one of them to show change through time (also demonstrated through the changing of seasons).

The main message I wanted to get across was that women need to empower each other, there is so much media out there that causes conflict between friends and jealousy is often the root cause. I named this ‘dare to be different’ to show that its ok to be different, its good to step out of your comfort zone, its amazing that we areal so unique. The other message was to show stepping into reality, when they step out of the painting and into the  ‘real world’ it demonstrates the unknowingness of will there be a brighter future? to show curiosity and exploration.

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TO see the whole video click here…. tell me what you think 🙂

(my video editing skills definitely need working on though haha)