A Level Art Historical Practice
Thank you for choosing to study this subject at New College.
To prepare you and keep you engaged in learning from now until the new term starts, here are some tasks that I would like you to complete before we start the term.
In Historical Practice, the emphasis is on researching other artists work and exploring their techniques and how their work links to a particular style. You will then use this research to design and create exhibitions including designing the poster, the booklet and the architectural space.
In the first term, you will look at artworks that portray historical events and you will be introduced to older and more contemporary artists who produce work in this genre.
One painting is this one; https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/paul-delaroche-the-execution-of-lady-jane-grey
As you can see, the painting shows Lady Jane Grey who reigned for just nine days as Queen of England, following the death of Edward VI in 1553: she was deposed by the faction supporting Edward’s half-sister and heir, Mary Tudor. Tried for treason, the 17-year-old Lady Jane was beheaded at Tower Hill on 12 February 1554. You will use this as inspiration to analyse further artworks that portray historical events.
Therefore my task is this. I want you to research three artworks that depict a real event. You only need to gather the image and underneath the image, write approximately 200-300 words on each one. In this written passage, I want you write about the event, who the artist was and also how the artist has depicted the event e.g. is it scary or frightening, how has the artist used the material to convey emotions…
At A level the emphasis is on quality of outcomes and accuracy of in using the formal elements of art in your research.