4th Year GCSE Coursework tasks


For 5 November 2018 you must have completed the following:


Post a minimum of 16 blogs (2 per week that commenced 10 September) that feature at least one paragraph of meaningful text accompanied by a few images.

We will like your post to indicate to you that we have viewed it and will add a comment on most of your posts.  In return you must like the comment to indicate that you have read our comments and if you wish comment back yourself.

When you login to your WordPress you will see that we have liked or commented on your blog. Clicking on the bell icon in the top right hand corner of your page after you login (it turns to an orange bell when you have a like or comment) will display likes and comments on you blogs.

(Instagram above Vickie Allen)


The following blogs are required:

  1. Featured artist/photographers work. (refer to Eric Kim’s Masters blogs). 3 double pages in your sketchbook.
  2. Artwork theme or photo photo walk (london trip) you have been on. This can include drawing/colour sketches/photographs that you have produced and recorded in your sketchbook. Min 3 double pages in your sketchbook.
  3. The week’s summary of the Instagram shots you have taken (one post a day therefore seven closeups). 1 page every month in your sketchbook.
  4. Gallery/art (Stolenspace Gallery – Artist Roa) work sighting (not just one image).
  5. Composition. (refer to Eric Kim’s Composition blogs) e.g.: Leading line, the rule of thirds, reflections. 1 double page.
  6. My camera (DSLR) in the form of a double page in your sketchbook, photographer and posted.  1 double page in your sketchbook.
  7. The basics of photography. Double page in your sketchbook , photographer and posted on the following: Aperture, shutter Speed & ISO. Your own experimentation with Aperture, shutter Speed & ISO. Min 8 double pages in your sketchbook.
  8. Your own photo shoots/walks. Min 2 double pages in your sketchbook. 
  9. Technique of art/photographic/Photoshop/Affinity.

These sketchbook pages will fill your sketchbook and form the posts for your blogs.


Posted a minimum of  60 One a Day Instagram Closeups.

Sketchbooks and practical work

As we have been looking at the urban environment use the two week half term break  to apply what you have learnt from studying Urban Sketchers and Street Photographers and get out and use your cameras/smart phones to push your work on. Artist could spend some time sketching in situ.  The photos and preparation work you take during this period can be worked on when you get back to school on the 5 November.  If you crack on with what we have asked of you, things will click in place (excuse the pun) and become second nature. You will enjoy what you are doing even more and will get so much more out of life by noticing the world around us.

Your Pinterest can also be added to with any pins related to the theme we are looking at or areas you might want to pursue in the future.

Remember we have added a lot of download links to the GCSE resources that you can also be accessed directly via the GCSE resources Photography or the GCSE resources Fine Art Dropbox. If in doubt look there.


GCSE 2019 Countdown deadlines

GSCE Timetable 2019Attention all 5th Year Art & Design students

The next few weeks are important in that all coursework to date will be assessed in January 20198. This will be followed by preparation for the Externally Set Task (10 Hour Examination) and working on any coursework that needs further work on. The 10 Hours EST will start on 23 April 2019.

All key dates and deadlines can be seen in the graphic above.

Microsoft Word - GSCE Timetable 2018.doc

London Calling

313ECEED-7AF7-4BAC-AB66-0CA46318E74CThis year’s GCSE introduction to Street photography was a real scorcher, 24 degrees C in mid October.  Walking in and around Shoreditch is always a visual treat and this year we had a blue sky and sparkling light for our talented students and staff.  Over the next few weeks we look forward to reading the student blogs and looking at the artwork and sketchbook created from this visually rich environment.

London calling from Simon Gardiner on Vimeo.

Head Master


Chuck Close is globally renowned for reinvigorating the art of portrait painting from the late 1960s to the present day, an era when photography had been challenging painting’s former dominance in this area, and succeeding in steadily gaining critical appreciation as an artistic medium in its own right. Close emerged from the 1970s painting movement of Photorealism, also known as Super-Realism, but then moved well beyond its initially hyper-attentive rendering of a given subject to explore how methodical, system-driven portrait painting based on photography’s underlying processes could suggest a wide range of artistic and philosophical concepts. In addition, Close’s personal struggles with dyslexia and subsequently, partial paralysis, have suggested real-life parallels to his professional discipline, as though his methodical and yet also quite intuitive methods of painting are inseparable from his own daily reckoning with the body’s own vulnerable, material condition.

The painting featured here is Phil, a portrait of Chuck Close’s long-time friend, composer Philip Glass. The artist took a passport-size photograph (image below) of the sitter, overlaid it with a penciled grid, and then painted a vastly enlarged blowup of each square onto the canvas using airbrushes to create a photographic finish. As a result of this drastic enlargement, we see Glass at an uncomfortably close distance from which every mole, hair, and wrinkle is visible. With its cool, almost clinical detachment from its subject, the work functions more like a giant mug shot than a portrait.



From the photographs the department has taken of students, each student is to produce an A4 drawing of their self portrait like the one above that Chuck Close drew.  Below are previous students self portraits.

Chuck Close from Susan Shaw on Vimeo.

Work in progress by 3X

Other artist have produced large scale portraits, one such artist is the French street artist JR who uses his camera to show the world its true face, by pasting photos of the human face across massive canvases. At TED2011, he makes his audacious TED Prize wish: to use art to turn the world inside out.

His recent work can be seen here>>>>>

Another major project that he worked on was Wrinkles of the city

Street Style – Lomokev

Street style

Photo above by simon.G.man Street photographer Emi 2018

Since 2009 Kevin Meredith aka Lomokev has been shooting a series of montage portraits. Each one consists of five photographs overlapping each other. The majority of the portraits were shot for Brighton Source Magazine’s street style section between 2010 and the end of 2013. Unfortunately since the beginning of 2014 Source is no longer published so he no longer trend spotted for them but continued to shoot them for his fragmented portraits Tumblr. He was inspired to shot portraits like this after seeing Bernhard Winkler shot portraits in a similar way at the Lomo World Congress in 2002 although he did not shot his first until 2009. In late 2013 photographer @PhotoAnton shot a short documentary on the subject of the portraits.  (See movie below)

The above by simon.G.man Street photographer Emi 2018 uses four photos edited in Affinity photo with a vignette added to each frame before layering, replicating lomokev’s style.

Analogue Tribes – Lomokev from Lots of Little Ideas on Vimeo.


Website update 09-18


Over the last few days we have been updating this website.  The following have been added:

  1. The top menu drop down has been re designed with Resources being added and A-level Resources and GCSE Resources moved into this menu.
  2. In Resources we have added two new areas that are: Artists and themes and Photographers and themes.  These pages have extensive lists of themes linked to Artists/Photographers websites or a direct link to Google images.
  3. The department’s Pinterest has been moved into resources.

The website is always being updated and resources added so always check in to see what is new.

Pixel Superheroes


Pixel art is a form of digital art, created through the use of software, where images are edited on the pixel level. The aesthetic for this kind of graphics comes from 8-bit and 16-bit computers and video game consoles, in addition to other limited systems such as graphing calculators.

Creating or modifying pixel art characters or objects for video games is sometimes called spriting, a term that arose from the hobbyist community. As part of the Third year art programme students are going to produce 8×8 pixel portraits.  Initially made up portraits or emojis in lesson one.  For lesson two students will bring in a selection of 5 Superheroes to produce Superheroes 8 bit pixel art. The image above I replicated and cut down from 100 to 16 Superhero faces from Iñaki Díaz the pixel artwork 8×8, 100 superhero faces, pico8 colour palette using Adobe Illustrator.  Can you name the Superheros?


Pixel art largely originates from classic video games, particularly classic arcade games such as Space Invaders (1978) and Pac-Man (1980), and 8-bit consoles such as the Nintendo Entertainment System (1983) and Sega Master System (1985).

Online Apps.

Piskel – Free online sprite editor

Piskel, free online sprite editor. A simple web-based tool for Spriting and Pixel art. Create pixel art, game sprites and animated GIFs. Free and open-source.