In the words of one of last summer’s GCSE Art students here at Worth School: “Worth has a different way of thinking about Art – you are not just told to draw a picture. You are expected to think, generate ideas and let other artists influence how you look at pictures”. The four works in this blog were produced for the Worth School GCSE art exam this summer. Explore the thought process and discover more about the great artists who influenced each of these students, in the commentary from each student and their Head of Art, Mrs Juley Hudson.
Grids by Marta C
Marta: I decided to look at grids after seeing the Sean Scully and Paul Klee work. I love the order and disorder created by moving an element of the picture a little bit. You can change the meaning by rotating just a small thing. I’ve also learnt so much about colours; with this piece I started off using dark colours and then added yellow, bright blue and purple to attract the eye. I took all of the grids originally from photographs I took around the art studios.
Ms Hudson: The art trip to see the Paul Klee exhibition was a great source of inspiration for Marta. She was very interested in the way he used different backgrounds to affect the colours he painted on top. A number of his paintings have a grid structure which he uses to play with gradation of colour to create vibration and rhythm. Whilst looking round the Tate Modern collection, Marta was drawn to lots of other works by a variety of artists who also worked with grids, showing experimentation with composition, colour and media.
Force by Ryan J
Ryan: I had to cut over 300 12” diameter circles out of wood with a handsaw for this piece. It was inspired by Richard Deacon and earlier coursework I’d done with circles. When I started gluing the sections together it took on a shape of its own. I’d also planned to cover the structure, but I decided to keep it so that you could see inside and around the piece. This was the most fun to do of all my exam pieces.
Ms Hudson: Ryan really enjoys working and drawing with materials rather than more traditional forms of drawing. He appreciates the tactile experience and has learnt about form and balance in this piece. He quickly realised how the materials he used had limitations and how he had to work with these and adapt his design accordingly.
Order and Disorder by Elikem L
Elikem: Charcoals is my favourite medium. We were looking at organic shapes in class and had been to galleries including the Richard Deacon exhibition. When I went home to Ghana in the holidays, I fused those ideas with my mum’s bendy hair curlers to produce this organic form in charcoal.
Elikem’s piece shows how the subject can fuse memories and develop visual connections. The shape and forms of Richard Deacon’s sculptures evoked his memory and childhood association with his mothers’ curlers, which inspired the ideas for his large scale drawings.
Magnified by Mona K
Mona: This picture is based on a skull. However, the skull was quite plain so I lit it and put coloured paper underneath. I was inspired by Georgia O’Keefe in the use of colour. I took a close-up photograph of the skull and then drew it in soft pastels. Worth has a different way of thinking about art – you are not just told to draw a picture. You are expected to think, generate ideas and let other artists influence how you look at pictures.
In this piece Mona has used the idea of magnification to produce an abstract piece, challenging each viewer to interpret what they see. Her application of media is meticulous and carefully transcribes the various surfaces and forms with skilful precision in to a beautiful drawing.