A Level Fine Art
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 Fine Art, the emphasis is on developing practical work based on researching other artists and exploring mediums to create a sophisticated technique.
In the first term, you will look at the genre of still life and you will be introduced to older and more contemporary artists who produce work in this genre.
One artist is Jean-Siméon Chardin, and you can read and see more of his work here; https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/artists/jean-simeon-chardin
As you can see, he paints people in interior scenes but he is also famous for painting ordinary kitchen objects albeit from the 17th century. You will use him as inspiration to depict kitchen objects from your own environment. I want you to draw and paint objects from your kitchen such as kettles, pans, cutlery, and even fruit and vegetables. They can be drawn singularly or you can group objects together like the Chardin images.
Therefore, I am asking you to complete five A4 pieces of work all on paper as close to A4 size as you can. Depending on the materials that you have at home, I would like you to have four A4 pieces in a black and white medium e.g pencils or pens, and one A4 colour study using any colour material you may have e.g paints, pencils or pens.
At A level, the emphasis is on quality of outcomes and accuracy of the formal elements of art. You should spend at least 2-3 hours on each one of these works, and the more successful images will be the ones that look as accurate as possible. Here is an example below: