Observational study for an International GCSE Art project - A comprehensive sketchbook page based on the natural forms of shells. In addition to trialling a range of media and drawing techniques, students looked more closely at texture. Charcoal drawings of textured surfaces, as well as an etching of a nautilus shell (with notes about the Golden Section) are included.
On this page of this outstanding International GCSE Art sketchbook, Manisha drew from the weaving she had made in the previous assignment. Although ‘manmade’ these sculptural flax pieces are crafted from natural forms. This exercise allowed Manisha to practise the blending of tone in a range of different mediums – something at which she excelled. The image on the left is particularly successful, involving a photocopy that has pieces cut away, with the gaps redrawn.
Both these sketchbook pages were drawn from direct observation – something that is highly encouraged within CIE IGCSE Art and Design curriculum. Objects were buried in sand (in a tray in the classroom). The second sketchbook page depicts a black and white drawing of a cow skull on brown paper, using skulls that were borrowed from the school Science Department.