A2 Art Exam 2015

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  • There are many different meanings for these words and how they can be interpreted in Art.

  • Flaws


    A feature that mars the perfection of something; defect; fault:beauty without flaw; the flaws in our plan.

    A defect impairing legal soundness or validity.

    A crack, break, breach, or rent..Verb

    (used with object)to produce a flaw in.

    (used without object)to contract a flaw; become cracked or defective.

  • Perfection


    The state or quality of being or becoming perfect

    The highest degree of proficiency, skill, or excellence, as in some art.

    A quality, trait, or feature of the highest degree of excellence.

    The highest or most nearly perfect degree of a quality or trait

    The act or fact of perfecting

  • Ideals

    NounA conception of something in its perfection.

    A person or thing conceived as embodying such a conception or conforming to such a standard, and taken as a model for imitation:

    An ultimate object or aim of endeavor, especially one of high or noble character:

    Something that exists only in the imagination:To achieve the ideal is almost hopeless.

    Adjectiveconceived as constituting a standard of perfection or excellence:ideal beauty.

    regarded as perfect of its kind:an ideal spot for a home.

    existing only in the imagination; not real or actual:Nature is real; beauty is ideal.

    advantageous; excellent; best:

  • Compromises

    Noun A settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles, etc.

    The result of such a settlement.

    Something intermediate between different things:

    An endangering, especially of reputation; exposure to danger, suspicion, etc.:

    VerbTo settle by a compromise.

    To expose or make vulnerable to danger, suspicion, scandal, etc.; jeopardize:

    To bind by bargain or agreement.

  • EXAM = 40%

  • Everybody knows... the four AOs

    For the exam you have to show evidence of: ALL 4 of the AOs (Assessment Objectives)

    AO1: Looking at other artists AO2: Experimenting with media AO3: Recording your ideas AO4: Making a final piece

  • It is important that you begin working on the EXAM Paper straight away.


    Exam dates.

    14th, 15th and 18th May

  • Where to begin?

  • Remember .

    The theme is merely a starting point to inspire you.

    Feel free to take the project in any direction that you wish, provided that you can clearly justify and explain how the theme has inspired your thoughts and ideas.

  • Geological faults, gemstone inclusions...Forest fires, landslips, quarries, gorges, ruins, urban decay...Stains, cracks, blots, accidents, spills, rips, patches...Make-up, disguises, masks, clothing, artificial fur, plastic surgery... Politics, deceit, trickery, concealment...Selective breeding, genetic modification, cloning...Shows, competition, pageants...Mutation, bacteria, viruses, scars...Families, relationships, communities..A Few Ideas


    You must begin by exploring all the themes below. You then may narrow your ideas down by choosing to focus on just some or one of the words.

  • Contextual references The artists on the next few pages are suggestions to help you think about possible ideas. You may already have ideas of your own.

    Keep an open mind at this point...

    There is also a Beaumont Pinterest Album of Artists and ideas to support you with your project


  • Seth ClarkAbandoned, mixed media drawings. Pittsburgh.

  • Kimberly Kersey AsburyAbout the Landscape Series: Powered Pigment, Wax, Paint, Thread, Stuffingon Canvas, Paper, and/or Fabric. The landscapes along with the hand-stitched artist books are inspired by William Turners watercolor sketchbooks.

  • Martha Macha

  • Jelle MartensMartens work combines strong graphic blocks of colour woven together with saturated grainy photography to create dynamic visual palettes. Marten is a Belgian Artist, Photographer and Graphic Designer

  • series of photographs / rotting fruitPeter Lippmann

  • Barbara Kruger

  • Gillian LambertGillian Lambert Drawings from a series called "Self Deception"

  • For Hegarty, the joy of her work lies in its destruction rather than its making. Centering her practice on the politics of the American myth, Hegartys canvases and sculptures replicate emblems of frontier ethos - colonial furniture, antique dishware, and heroic paintings of landscapes and national figures only to demolish them by devices associated with their historical significance.Valerie Hegarty

  • Lucian Freud

  • Ian Murphy

  • Jean-Michel Basquiat

  • You are the WeatherRoni Horn

  • Banksy

  • Tip Toland

  • Perfection+ Ideals

  • Gerhard Richter

  • Alfred creates collages, paintings, and digital animations.Brian Alfred

  • Damien Hirst

  • Sophie Kahn

  • Irving PennPenn was an American photographer known for his fashion photography, portraits, and still lives. Penn's career included work at Vogue magazine, and independent advertising work

  • Stephen Wiltshire

  • Anne Ten DonkelaarDonkelaar lays pressed wildflowers, dried stems, and paper cutouts on top of tiny little pins to create the most spectacular three dimensional collages

  • Gabi Trinkaus

  • Johannes Vermeer

  • Mueck's sculptures faithfully reproduce the minute detail of the human body, but play with scale to produce disconcertingly jarring visual images. Ron Mueck

  • Ana Strumpf

  • Antony Gormley

  • Anna Torma

  • Gottfried Helnwein

  • LucyndaLu

  • Compromises

  • Colin Chillags paintings show the process of painting and how the build up and process of making unfold in a work.Colin Chillag

  • Stephen Gill

  • Damien Hirst

  • Tony Cragg

  • Richard Billingham

  • Shermans photographs are portraits of herself in various scenarios that parody stereotypes of women. A panoply of characters and settings are drawn from sources of popular culture, old movies, television soaps and pulp fiction.Cindy Sherman

  • Dorothea Lange

  • Yukinori Yanagi's work explores themes relating to his position as a Japanese artist living and working in an international context, as well as broader issues about identity within social or national constructs.Yukinori Yanagi

  • Create a Pinterest board and start pinning images relating to your exam title

    Create a broad A2 spider diagram

    Create an A2 mood board on the theme you want to focus onThis week.