This project is assessed in exactly the same way as all your other projects, but instead of being set by your teacher, the theme is set by the examination board Edexcel. You can only respond to this theme, but can interpret the title creatively. The board provide a series of possible starting points in their booklet.
Throughout the project, you will need to satisfy the assessment objectives (AOs), which are:
To assist you with this, we would like you to start the project by completing a number of set tasks, which will help you generate and explore ideas and research relevant artists.
Throughout the project, you will be developing and refining your ideas. In the initial stages, it is important to generate lots of ideas and do a great deal of research to show that you can interpret the theme in different ways.
Your teacher will set you some of the following tasks to complete during the early stages of your project in order to help you show a diverse range of experimental ideas and processess/techniques. However, you may wish to follow up some of the tasks by reading the section titled 'further development'. You should always been generating your own ideas and look for possible areas of personal development so that you are not just copying the work of others. Often, great ideas come from combining two or three different ideas.
Perspective Illusion Task
You will need your digital camera for this task. Respond to the following images by taking a set of photographs. Print out and mount a selection of 10 of your best images.
Photographic Animal Hybrid Task
Using images (large) from Google Image Search of different animals, use adjustment layers and layer masks to create 3 'misfit' creatures similar to some of those on the right hand side. Print out and display in sketchbook.
Tip: try rendering the background out of focus as if a shallow depth of field to make it easier to superimpose your images.
Drawn Hybrid Task
Using one of your photo hybrids, make a detailed tonal drawing of your hybrid in your sketchbook like Fig. 1. Fill your entire page.
Surrealist Portrait Task
Inspired by the work of John Stezaker, create your own surrealist portrait that combines two faces together or a face and an object/scene. Use photographs that you have taken in the studio or outdoors against a simple background.
Research & Analysis Section
Below are some artists that are useful to research and link in with your theme. As a starting point, you should collect research on two of the following artists that link with your experimental tasks and complete a 'form, process, content' analysis. Visit the C&C Section for more information by clicking here.
Working from photographs of local ordinary, mundane environments, make a large scale painting.
Take everyday objects and play with scale and materials to transform them into sculptures that have an architectural quality
Overlay drawings from a still life compositions and then trace to create overlapping forms, which can be used as the basis for a large scale painting
Combine multiple perspectives of a scene to create an cubist painting or relief
Adorn objects in a way that mirrors the human world of fashion and attire to raise an issue such as feminism
Combine animal forms together to question our definition between the wild and domestic animal kingdom
Using found imagery from postcards, magazines and your own photographs to combine together to create surreal portraits
Play with perspective and orientation using the figure to create surreal illusions
Consider the language and meanings behind objects and how, oncce subverted and used outside of their original context, they create a new dialogue.
Take the ordinary self-portrait and combine with other imagery through photo manipulation to recreate an extraordinary persona
Consider how animals have been represented in mythology, stories and fairy tales to reflect human characteristics.
Combining existing imagery together to create a new form
Using the visual language of science combined with the art of portraiture to create surrealist/dada-style montages
Think about how people identify themselves within certain 'extra-ordinary' sub-cultures and the way that fashion and personal belonging represent those cultures.
Peter Fischli & David Weiss
Conside how you might use everyday objects to recreate extraordinary structures or representations of events/historical moments like Fischli and Wiess' version of Ben Hur in Fig.1