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  1. Critical research. This piece by Salvador Dali is of his own mother, who appears to be in her late 50s. She is positioned in a three quarter view and her chin is tilted slightly down.

    The woman's lips are pouted slightly and covered with a shade of a saturated and pure red lipstick. She has black hair, and she wears a dress that has what appears to be a veil around the collar. The rest of the dress is blue, but is painted in a way that gives the appearance of an ocean or possibly clouds and the area of yellow shaped above it looks like a sun. Overall, she appears to be a typical tradition housewife, the type of woman who no matter at what age always finds the time and cares about looking her best, and whose sole interest is the happiness of her family.

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  2. Cubism project evaluation The parts of the project that I enjoyed the most were drawing the wine bottle with the shading.

    Then I detailed it more and more until it looked good like the object. I also used positive and negative shape which is drawing the shades on a white piece of paper and drawing the light areas on a black piece of paper. This helped to know where to do the shades when drawing the final piece. The ideas and techniques present in the cubist work that we looked at were: overlapping; drawing objects on to of each other, interlocking shape, and fragmented.

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  3. Passions and obsessions evaluation. The first artist I looked at was Leonid Afremov, I found him while searching the Internet for inspiring artist and I came across a piece of art called Beautiful Cellist.

    Then my mum told me to look at an artist called Andy Warhol who focuses on pop art. I liked Andy Warhol because of his bright colours and it looked unique to other artist I was looking at. It also was modern and I like the effect of the repeated images yet different colours had. I decided to study Andy Warhol and bring him into my idea of 'ears'. So I had done a few ears using bright colours and repeating them in different ways.

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    Analysis of 'Lady in Black' by Francis Cadell

    He painted landscapes (mainly those of Lona which were a favourite of his), interiors, still life and figures in oil and watercolour but is known most for his portraits of glamorous women. One such portrait, completed in 1921, is 'Lady in Black' painted in oil. The painting has a rather macabre mood as the woman within the picture has a reflective expression on her face as if longing for the past.

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  6. Celtic Designs. Celtic knotwork can be found on many everyday things, including the Celtic engravings found on silverware and jewellery, and the embellishment on clothes and fabrics.

    These designs are sacred in the Christian religions and they are sometimes carved into big stone crosses. Nowadays, Celtic knotwork can be found on many everyday things, including the Celtic engravings found on silverware and jewellery, and the embellishment on clothes and fabrics. You may have also spotted these ancient patterns painted on stained glass windows at the church or maybe you have noticed celtic lettering in books. These designs are used to illuminate (decorate)

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  7. To what extent do you sympathise the character of George

    Only George suffers this inner struggle, not believing in something but telling himself to believe in, never does Lennie. When Lennie says that Curley's wife is pretty, George tells him "You leave her be". Here George is warning Lennie to get away from that woman because he knows from Lennie's eye that Lennie is attracted by her beauty, as being attracted by other beautiful and soft things before. This shows that Lennie doesn't have a sense of judgement for his action, he have no idea what his action means, and what serious consequence such as losing jobs or getting caught they may cause, but George does.

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  8. discuss the use of imagery of light and dark in Of Mice and Men

    "lay deep in his head, and because of their depth seemed to glitter with intensity". This is a portrayal of Crooks' eyes. The combination of darkness and light here implies the loneliness and inner heat of Crooks. Crooks is a black and is separated by the whites so he is very lonely. The depth of his eyes suggests that he is sad, tired and lonely, but the eyes "glitter with intensity", which suggests that in his deep heart, he is longing for accompaniment and he has depressed passion inside.

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  9. How does the Steinbeck present Lennie as a sympathetic character

    Lennie has no ability to understand abstract concept like death. He is very loyal to George, does everything George asks him to do, even the command means jumping into the water, but actually he has no idea what loyalty is. For this reason he usually does not mean to do the things that get him into trouble, and once he does get into trouble, he has no conscience to define his actions in terms of guilt. He only knows the conquences such as "George would be mad" or "George is gonna let me tender no rabitts".

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  10. The Role of Genre In The Development of Modern American Cinema

    This highlighted the brutality of racism and begged the question, 'Are we still this way?' The Western gave way to the Gangster picture. The Gangster film, which elevated violence to the level of high art, and told stories of the everyman who doesn't take the hard way to fame and money. It is a parable of the New American Dream, a dream in which one can be happy and have all the material things they can take through brute force. And in Gangster films, as in Greek tragedies, the hero is almost always killed or brought to justice by his hubris.

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  11. Tradition In Film

    "Parallel-action" shots, first notably used by D.W. Griffith (director of the classic Birth of a Nation) are used in countless films. The shot consists of nothing more than the inter-cutting of views between two or more actions occurring in different places, simultaneously. Films throughout history have consisted of simple shots such as "close-ups" and "pans" as well as more distinctive ones such as the director of the Evil Dead trilogy and the Spiderman series, Sam Raimi's, lightning-fast first person camera work, which is a staple of his films.

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    Shot by Shot Analysis of the Opening Sequence of David Lynch's Blue Velvet

    This nostalgic montage cuts to a man watering his lawn and to his wife inside who is sitting placidly watching television. Another cut to the man watering and we see his hose start to spray erratically. A series of increasingly quick cuts between the man tugging on the hose to unkink it and the tap where it is attached, where the water pressure is rapidly increasing, builds more and more tension until the man suddenly clutches his neck and begins to have a stroke.

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  14. Expositary essay

    Tennessee Williams portrays Blanche to be very concerned with her image. Blanche feels that she must portray an image of perfection at all times. Blanche states "Myself, Myself, for being such a liar! I'm writing a letter to Shep. 'Darling Shep. I am spending the summer on the wing, making flying visits here and there. And who knows, perhaps I shall take a sudden notion to swoop down on Dallas!" this quote demonstrates her ability to state the truth that she is a liar, yet she is very concerned with her image.

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  15. film

    has historically been the primary medium for recording and displaying motion pictures. Many other terms exist for an individual motion picture, including picture, picture show, moving picture, photo-play and flick. A common name for film in the United States is movie, while in Europe the term cinema or film is preferred. Additional terms for the field in general include the big screen, the silver screen, the cinema and the movies. History Main article: History of film A clip from the Charlie Chaplin silent film, The Bond (1918) Preceding film by thousands of years, plays and dances had elements common to film: scripts, sets, costumes, production, direction, actors, audiences, storyboards, and scores.

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  16. Art analysis

    The meaning of this short artistic film is fairly difficult to decipher as the subject matters are being used as symbolism. The link between the slow decomposition of the fruit and the inevitability of death may not be immediately apparent until the film has been watched and considered. Sam Taylor Woods designed this film by considering how to represent simplicity. All there is to view in the short clip is a simple basket and a variety of fruit with a little light shone upon it.

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  17. Artist analysis- Zac Smith

    It addresses fundamental social issues that many unfortunately encounter during their lifetimes. Many family members seem lost as their relationship ends in divorce or their choice of career takes them to war. This outstanding piece may depict how we long for their return. However, there may be many alternative interpretations. Zak Smith relies heavily on Pynchon's vivid use of description and literary devices in his work to create images which entirely portray the meaning of their quotes. His pieces and subject matters remain distorted and abstract to display his own unusual techniques and methods and allow for viewers imaginations to create their own interpretations.

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  18. Art from the ocean

    The subject matter is treated extremely realistically with even minor details creating shading, lighting and complexity. The content of his piece can easily be deciphered within minutes of viewing but the meaning relies upon an extended amount of thought and contemplation. His intention was to obscure the encyclopaedia page with the image to cause the meaning of classification to be more difficult to interpret. Ben Lawson has drawn life into the creature to create movement and a sense of action. I believe this again represents the complexity of the organism. Ben Lawson created this illustration with the idea of scientific concepts and classification constantly on his mind.

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  19. Revision timetable

    Revision Timetable Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday 4.00 - 4.30 9.00 - 10.00 4.30 - 5.00 10.00 - 11.00 5.00 - 5.30 11.00 - 12.00 5.30 - 6.00 12.00 - 1.00

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  20. Van Gogh Road to Tarascon

    The horizon is at across the middle of the page and the trees emphasise the horizon. The sun is high in the picture and is very simplistic, but as the rays go out the lines and dots get thicker and closer together. Van Gogh has drawn a very distinct and bold line to determine where the path ends and the trees and grass start. In this picture he has used shades of brown.

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  21. Pop art piece. I am extremely satisfied with the way the cake had turned out. The colours are all Tertiary colours as I used bright pink

    I am extremely satisfied with the way the cake had turned out. The colours are all Tertiary colours as I used bright pink using white and red and the brown was red and black mixed with yellow .I also did Impasto as paints I had used is laid on thickly so texture stands out.

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  22. Andy Warhol- graz

    Even though his works were few, by the help of our guide we got to know the most important traits of this artist. His first production we saw was the "Electric Chair". He created it as silkscreen print. This technique is very used and needs to be explained. It is a method of producing a stencil in which a design is imposed upon a screen of a fine fabric, with blank areas coated with an impermeable substance, and ink is forced through the cloth onto the printing surface [American Heritage Dictionary].

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  23. Roy Lichtenstein

    Another thing I can see is you can see reflection of light across her right cheek and shoulder. My eyes are drawn straight to the hair because of its thick outlines to make the hair more realistic. In the background, there is red, plain background which is covered less in the artwork because the image of the girl take the whole space. In the middle ground, I can see the girl with hair ribbon with an expression written on her face. In the foreground, there are words written the title of the artwork and who made the artwork. The lines and shapes are mostly curvy lines and curvy shapes like the hair and the features of the face.

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  24. More Cloning

    Cloning can be a hazardous and unwanted practice that has the possibility of many dilemmas. When we hear of cloning successes, we learn about only the few attempts that worked. What we do not see are the many, many cloning attempts that fail! And even in the successful clones, problems tend to arise later, during the organisms development to adulthood.

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Taking Art at GCSE will increase your range of artistic skills and introduce you to many techniques that you may have never come across before. Youll be encouraged to develop your powers of expression and explore a wide variety of media and tools: painting, sketching, charcoals, printmaking, sculpture, maybe even photography and graphics. Coursework is very important and over the two years you will be building a portfolio of work which will make up the majority of your final marks. This will include some research, analysis and written work.

Marked by Teachers can show you what teachers and examiners expect from you in your written Art coursework and help you gain that understanding through many essay examples.

Art GCSE is a practical course which does require a lot of self-organisation to ensure you keep on top of the coursework. It's a strong preparation for A level Art and Design and even if you don't take it further it will certainly broaden your artistic aspect and appreciation.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Discuss the work of two still life painters from different periods, referring to specific examples of their work.

    "In conclusion, it is evident that both S.J. Peploe and Paul Cezanne were talented and unique painters. Their styles were very different and their influences also varied. Cezanne was associated with post Impressionism and Peploe was involved in the colourists movement and this origin is evident in the painters style. Their use of colour and brushwork is also contrasting. However, although Peploe and Cezanne had different aims they both created very expressive works of arts with interesting and bold compositions and original use of media."

  • To what extent do you sympathise the character of George

    "In conclusion, I sympathize with the character of George because he knows clearly what he is going through but has no power to fight back, and the real burden Lenned gives him plus his willingness to take on this burden, and of course his shooting to Lennie. His tragic ending makes Of Mice and Men better than other novels with similar themes."

  • Compare and contrast the northern with the Italian renaissance.

    "In Conclusion, the two Renaissances of Italy and of Northern Europe both sprung out from the ruins of the period of transition known as the Middle Ages, but differed in timing, literature and art because of the different mentalities and heritages of the two areas. Although Italian Humanist authors were Christians, they didn't feel they needed to prove their religious beliefs in their writings but instead set out to rediscover the classical authors to learn their philosophies and better the knowledge of their world. In the north instead, where the Christian religion had arrived later than in Italy, Northern Humanists such as More and Erasmus wished to deepen their knowledge and understanding of their faith by reading old Christian scripts. Thus, the focus shifted to Christianity rather than Classicism. In painting, although the themes differed greatly, both emphasized man, and his individualism. While in Italy, religious themes, and ancient myths blended, to be represented by human, natural and frequently naked figures, in the north, man, was shown in his everyday settings. Yet, although differences do exist between the two movements, both gave a new cultural birth to Europe after the Middle Ages, shifted the focus from God to man, and paved the way for the great changes of the following centuries."

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