The examples of student artwork shown here are a small selection of the huge variety of project work produced by MPW students for submission as part of this year’s Art and Design coursework. The themes set for the project work this year were: Surface & Texture (AS Art), Identity (AS Textiles), Contrast (AS Photography), Text & Image (AS Graphics), Transformation (A2 Art), Exploration & Discovery (A2 Textiles), Time (A2 Photography) and Transformation (A2 Graphics). The main instrument to show a student’s response to the coursework or exam theme is their sketchbook. It must document ideas and creative development and, used effectively, it becomes the evidence for marking assessment objectives and awarding the final grade.
The examples of work here cover the diverse options available and represent a range of ability across the levels from GCSE to A2 standard. Not only is the sketchbook a means of exploring ideas and techniques, it is also a personal journey and a sort of visual diary of experience. The use of sketchbooks consolidates the fundamental approach to teaching and involvement in the arts that
MPW nurtures. We are also keeping a record of our students’ work at a point in their education where they are beginning to realise their potential and discover abilities which may influence their future direction. Displaying the sketchbook work in this way forms a tribute to the students’ talents and, indirectly, to the expertise and support of their art tutors.