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GCSE Art Exam?..

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faiirth Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So, it's coming around again. Yes. I receive my GCSE Art paper next week at school.e
I was just interested in how many people here have taken this or are coming up to take it, like I am?

Any tips? Support? Proceeds into insanity?

Let me know.
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Blood-Marked-Wolf Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's not that bad, I had a C when I had my exam almost 2 years ago.

I don't know what the exam boards do now, but at the time, WJEC had a section where we had to draw Celtic art, which was a nightmare as everything had to be perfect for it. I messed it up big time as I didn't like to draw that style of art so I never gave it my full potential. No one enjoys doing something that they're forced to do.

Just make sure the section you've chosen to do you're confident in and enjoy doing, and you'll be fine.
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faiirth Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it's actually not that bad now. We just get a title to work with and some basic outlines for example, I have chosen art and words. The only restrictions we had were that you must work around a quote/lyric/story, and that you had to link artists. So it's not so bad; certainly not as bad as Celtic art - sounds like a nightmare.
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Blood-Marked-Wolf Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It was, especially when we had to do stained glass afterwards - let just say that got messy lol. It's good to know that they've changed it somewhat since I left :) Good luck with that, I would've loved to do that!
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faiirth Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you - started it today, it's going great :)
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Blood-Marked-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That's good, hope it all goes well for you!:)
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JDS-photo Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It's not that bad... Although I had an E when I did it 3 years ago... (Yeah, I was kinda forced into taking art because of the stupid interfering deputy head at my school... _*)

I don't know if your exam board does it, but my exam (which was through WJEC) had a section where you didn't even have to draw. I was originally going to do that (since I'm just rubbish at art and being creative), but I changed my mind at the last minute and messed up big time.
*cringe* I even accidentally ruined another students work because the equipment my school used to store artwork sprung up when I lifted the shelfs up very slightly to show a friend my 'work'.

Just make sure you choose a section that you feel your confident with and can work well with, don't do what I did, and you should be fine.
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faiirth Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A section with no drawing? That's just plain weird.
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JDS-photo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I didn't get it myself. If I can recall it correctly, for the section, you had to do research on a certain amount of art websites, and then evaluate the website/art during the exam etc.
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faiirth Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm, odd. We (luckily) didn't have to do anything like that. Artists studies were all, and linking the final piece to one of them.
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JDS-photo Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hm, WJEC must have a different exam layout then (or it's changed).
Anyway, good luck with the exam and the studies. I hope everything goes well for you :)
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FalseShepherd Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I did my GCSE's but I never chose art as an option, I can't draw to save my life - most of my exams were a waste of time due to stress and migraines, I did bad on one really important one, never attended another really important one due to a migraine, got given the wrong tier paper for maths and got a D :( but if I was on the right paper which was second hardest to complete, the one I was given being the hardest I would have gotten as high as a B in theory going by what score you needed to qualify for each grade in specific tiers and I didn't know it was the wrong one until it was too late.

I took a certain option that grants the equivalent of 4 GCSE's and managed to get a C in it, so effectively having 4 C's for the price of one subject, but then I went on to 6th form and they told me "No, we're not going to count that as four but instead two" and that stopped me from being able to take subjects there that I needed to do.

I got a C in I.T - it was so boring I never tried much at all, I could have gotten a B at the least if it wasn't so boring and even gone as high as A - most of what they were teaching I already knew and anything else I wouldn't be using, mostly, like creating web pages, I'm no designer so if I make my own web page it's going to look like utter poop xD the lessons were so repetitive and never really challenged what we knew about computers, so I half blame them for not delivering a proper learning experience but half blame myself for not forcing myself to do the work properly as boring as it was.
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faiirth Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, they're going to force us into hard work over two years for qualifications, you think they'd at least try to make them interesting, right?

I took I.T as an option, I don't know if it's what you did, but it is mind numbingly boring.
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No-pretext Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
I got really drunk first... I was not a good high school kid.
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faiirth Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha, well, high school would probably be a lot easier if you could spend at least half of it drunk.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I never bothered with any GCSEs. :dummy:
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faiirth Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha, nice one, I think?
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeed; I went to college and got an honors degree anyway. :dummy:
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faiirth Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, that is brilliant!
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I was quite chuffed indeed. :p
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gvcspecks Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
which part do you need tips for? the ten hour piece or the one where you pick a subject?
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faiirth Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Picking a subject, I'm alright with the ten hour piece, but where the hell do I start with the subject? And my teacher says some of them should just not be chosen, what's that all about?
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gvcspecks Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
well you want to pick a subject quickly so you can have more time.

I would start by looking through each subject and quickly thinking of any pieces which come to mind, remember you can do one piece then trace an outline and repeat it using different methods(eg. paint, shade etc.). You should pick a subject you can think of plenty of ideas for and also one that you will enjoy doing and feel will let you show your best skills.

At the end of the day the examiners are only interested in your skill as an artist, aslong as you link all pieces to the designated subject and show you can use a variety of techniques and have developed your skills you should be fine, and remember to show some artist links.
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faiirth Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! This was really helpful, I've picked it now.
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gvcspecks Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Good luck then.
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faiirth Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much. I'm probably going to need it.
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gvcspecks Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Just make sure to do work sooner rather than leaving it to the last two weeks....like I did.
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faiirth Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
no way, you left it to the last two weeks? How on Earth did you manage that?
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Stieger Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
IM AMERICAN, NO CLUE WHAT THAT IS
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faiirth Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
DAMN IT
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Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
I took the exam in 2004, though I don't know if the exam is the same as it was then. How does it work now?
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faiirth Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, we get a sheet of questions, pick one, prep for eight weeks and then create a piece in a ten hour time slot.
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Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
I don't remember the questions, but it sounds about right.
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faiirth Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, the questions change each time.
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Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
No, I mean there were no questions at all when I took the exam.
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faiirth Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No questions? Strange..how did you do it, then?
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Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
We had a theme, such as natural forms or the surreal, for which we prepared for some weeks and then spent ten hours producing a final piece.
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faiirth Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I see! We did two units on both of those topics. I have to say I hated natural forms with a burning fiery passion.
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HeavenhairSixes Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I failed GCSE art so I'm not really in any position to offer advice.
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faiirth Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, damn. I'm a B average but it's too easy t fall behind.
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HeavenhairSixes Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just didn't do any coursework.

There was a lot of it and I felt I had better things to do!
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faiirth Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There is a huge amount of coursework.
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DariaDzyuba Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What is GCSE Art paper?
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faiirth Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Qualification we get here in England.
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DariaDzyuba Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm alright, thanks. :thumbsup:
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gvcspecks Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
The UK art course you take when you are about 15-16.
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DariaDzyuba Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. :)
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prosaix Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
What
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