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  1. 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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  3. Howard Arkley (1951-1999) was an Australian artist, born in Melbourne.

    For almost 30 years, Howard Arkley produced some of the most idiosyncratic and iconoclastic art in Australia. Using a range of techniques from the commercial airbrush to conventional artists' tools, Arkley's work attracted and balanced critical and commercial success, professional and popular appeal. This retrospective of Howard Arkley's work celebrates his singular contribution to 20th century Australian art. (http://www.theblurb.com.au/Issue73/Arkley.htm) My Response- impressions, feelings and understanding: When entering the area where Howard Arkley's works were displayed, I felt I was in a children's playground or a children's tv show.

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  4. Describe a recent film by a contemporary director. What is specific about his/her style?

    We can also find here states between dream and awakening, detours to subconscious and other worlds. It is hard to distinguish which events, centering around the leading character are real and which refer to delusions and dreams. There are recurring shots of red curtains, scenes with camera moving along dimly lit corridors or rooms strangely lit with bedside lamps. What is new about this film is the fact it was created in an unconventional way. It was a great challenge for the actors, who did not have the complete version of the script, but single scenes.

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  5. Visit To London Aquarium

    London Aquarium is not only one of the newest and largest aquaria in Europe, but also one of the finest. It is housed in the cellars of the old County Hall right beside the conspicuous London Eye, overlooking the Thames and within sight of the Houses of Parliament, in short the best location for an aquarium you could imagine in London. The house obviously was not built to accommodate an aquarium, but somehow the plan worked, so when you walked around down there you don't feel in any way that it wasn't created for the purpose, - no endless straight corridors with equidistant.

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    The Life and Work of Salvador Dali

    > In 1918, Dali was sent to live with Ramon Pitchot, a family friend, connoisseur of art, and talented Impressionist painter > Dali became obsessed with a room full of Pitchot's Impressionist paintings in the tower, and spent hours there admiring them, eating, and painting. > In 1920-1921 Dali was exposed to, and influenced by, the Italian Futurists, Bonnard, and Eugene Carriere. > In 1921, at the age of seventeen, Dali entered the San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid.

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  7. Why is Chartres cathedral of such outstanding importance in the study of Gothic art and architecture?

    The abandonment of the quadripartite elevation in Chartres clearly shows the integration of "aesthetic and structural considerations, more specifically, the influence of aesthetics of light upon the development pf architecture"4. There have been at least five cathedrals on the site. Most of the present crypt, which is the largest in France, remains from the third reconstruction of the cathedral in 1020. The north tower was started shortly after 1134 and when it was nearly complete the south tower was begun.

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  8. Reason and Imagination

    If the scientific method is used to prove a theory to be true, then where do the ideas that formulate the theory originate from? When we see something that we do not understand, it sparks our curiosity forcing us to ask questions to satisfy it. For example, people in the 1600 believed that maggots formed naturally from rotting meat. Because flies commonly laid their eggs on rotten meat and maggots were found to commonly hatch on the meat, it was automatically assumed that the meat gave birth to the maggots.

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  9. Part II: Shih as a concept applied in Chinese Art, Calligraphy,

    Sun Tzu indicate that the success or failure of a battle, before it is engaged, lies not in the enemies hands but in one's own-as Sun Tzu said, "being unconquerable lie with yourself; being conquerable lies with the enemy (p.165)." This assertion is at the heart of the Chinese strategic thinking-armed engagement should be minimize and victory can be secured at the earlier stage in the determination of events when disposition is dependent on our own initiative and the action we take to ensure that victory is predetermined.

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  10. Are there any fundamental differences between photographic and painted portraiture

    a continuance of painting which took one step further and opened many doors to new innovative ideas which could be applied to portraiture. Gombrich said of photography: 'It has drawn attention to the paradox of capturing life in a still, of freezing the play of features in an arrested moment of which we may never be aware in the flux of events.'3 Along this train of thought, one can see that photography helped artists achieve something other pictorial media could not.

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  11. Forerunners of Impressionism

    Delacroix considered himself as a painter who was simply bringing new energy and vitality to a tired classical tradition. Delacroix however did not completely break with tradition because he continued to maintain the importance of the highly finished artwork. This can be seen true with close inspection towards his painting The Death of Sardanapalus (1827). Their work consisted of smooth brush marks and unsaturated colours. The ground of the canvas they used was also of a dark nature as they used earthy brown coloured tones. In the earlier stage of The Death of Sardanapalus, Delacroix like many other academics sketched some of his ideas for poses of his figures later to be planned in more detail.

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  12. Art - the Modern Age era

    Until the fall of Duke of Milan, he had spent 17 years achieving higher in life. After the longs years in Italy, he then explored the world of machineries. Not only was he an artist, but he was also a sculptor, a scientist, and an inventor. He then drew one of the well-known masterpieces, Last Supper, in the years 1495-98 for his fellow friend, Duke Lodovico Sforza. This painting illustrates the scene from the Bible, where Jesus Christ tell his twelve discples that one of them will betray him. Since the painting is coming right from the Bible, many may believe that this is a religious painting, in fact this painting was hung in the church.

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  13. Cezanne, Lowry and Landscapes.

    inherited sufficient wealth to live in rich seclusion in Provence near Aix. He needed this solitude or he found it difficult getting on with others: being naturally ill at ease, neurotically sensitive and suffering from outbursts of temper. His great contribution to art was to make Impressionism solid: to restore the careful analysis of form and structure that pervaded the old masters but to combine this with an intensity of colour and harmony, full of personal expression. In his landscapes he showed a deep feeling for the force of nature in each sweeping line and chopping stroke of the brush, in the intense orange earth against the clear Provence skies.

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  14. Essays on the following artists; Albrecht Durer, Fransisco Jose de GoyaLucentes, Peter Carl Faberge, Edward Gorey Charles Vess, and H.R.Giger.

    Durer seems to have united a large measure of self-esteem with a deep sense of human discontent. There is an undercurrent of obsession and such a high level of commitment in all he does it seems his work was a surrogate for happiness. I have chosen two pieces of his work that have influenced me and that I have respect for. The first is possibly one of his most famous works, The large Turf. Painted in 1503 with watercolour and gouache on paper The Large Turf is more of a case study than an artistic representation. Durer painted this piece in Germany at the edge of a field, his attention to detail and amazing level of clarity and precision are what draw me to this painting.

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  15. 'Surrealism'.In both Seeing is Believing - The Invisible Isle and Metamorphosis of Narcissus, water is a strong element, and whereas Dalis water is quite detailed and you are unable to see the brushstrokes, Penroses brushstrokes are quit

    After WW2 he married the American photographer Lee Miller. She died in 1977. As well as being a painter and sculptor Penrose used his money to promote art and fund other artists. He also wrote many books including one about Pablo Picasso. In 1937 he painted �Seeing is Believing - The Invisible Isle� which was oil paint on canvas. The island in this paintings title does not have much natural landscape instead it is made of other elements, some building shapes, an upside down head hanging from a sky that starts off as a night sky, then turns into rainy storm clouds, then proceeds to become blue and almost sunlit.

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  16. Discuss the merits of Burgin's statement as a basis on which to distinguish postmodernism from Modernism in the practice of art.

    Discuss the merits of Burgin's statement as a basis on which to distinguish postmodernism from Modernism in the practice of art. In your answer you should make reference to at least four works which you consider to be of particular relevance to an argument between these two positions. This question highlights one of the themes central to the account of modem art offered in this course: the tension between the theoretical perspectives of, on the one hand, Modernist criticism and, on the other, an approach focused on the relationship of the art of any given period to its social, political and historical context.

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  17. My Detective Story.

    "I sincerely hope so," said a small, bald-headed man as he marched into the gallery. "Ah, Detectives, allow me to introduce the man who created these masterpieces, Mr. Thomas Delonge," said the curator. "Forgive me, Mr. Holland," said the little man, ignoring me entirely, "I'm sorry if I seem ill-tempered, but I'm sure you heard about the attempted theft of the entire exhibition when it was showing in Birmingham last month?" "Yes indeed! That was a most unpleasant business. I'm only glad these... fine works of... art were not lost to the public," I said, smiling warmly.

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  18. What do Victorian paintings of religious subjects and themes reveal about Victorian attitudes and values.

    To compound the anti-Catholic feeling amongst many Protestants particularly amongst the fast growing branch of Nonconformists, namely the Methodists, Unitarians and Baptists, Anglicanism was becoming divided by Oxford academics that wished to reinstate the church of England into a universal Catholicism adopting some of the rituals of the pre Reformation particularly Holy communion . The Oxford movement as it was known, by aligning itself with many catholic practices became know as 'High Church', whereas the Nonconformist/Evangelistic movement were regarded as 'Low Church' who emphasised the importance of Bible reading rather than the more visual experience of the Catholic or High Church.

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  19. The Scream: A Description and Interpretation.

    Because of these tragic influences, much of his art was related to illness, death and grief. The Scream's central focus is a screaming figure, located in the middle of the foreground of the painting. The screaming figure's head reaches to almost the midpoint of the painting. He has a long, curvaceous body with minimal detail stretching from the centre of the bottom of the painting, topped by a skull-like head, shaped like an upside-down pear. The bald, rounded head with its vague, chilling eyes, crude nostrils and mouth contorted in a silent shriek. His long hands are clapped to the sides of his head in a perpetual state of despair.

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  20. What is good about the d'Offay exhibition?

    The 'piece de resistance' perhaps in the centre: a broad band of ultramarine sweeps upwards, separating the two halves of the painting. (i) Colour Hodgkin's colours are predominantly the primaries - plus green. The red is partially hidden and yet so intense - it can't help but make us think of the setting sun (particularly given the title), blood and fire, but also the passionate, and perhaps sexual side of our nature - the side that is hidden from all but our closest relationships.

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  21. The history of women as erotic subjects in art is endless.

    If the female nude was accepted in their society then why did Titian Venus of urbino cause such an outrage? This is because it broke away from the traditions at that time; the female nude was often portrayed in mythological scenes, which was accepted as it didn't directly express the male sexual interest in the female body. The Venus image is clearly a product of renaissance art; she stands for both sensuality and classism that were typical of this era-but Titian's Venus is unusual as it depicts the female nude as beholding the beholder.

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  22. Describe the development of the impressionist movement from Van Gogh to Kandinsky and Klee.

    Everything looks like it has powerful movement in them. The wheat field is like a stormy sea. The trees look like the flame of candlelight burning wildly. The hills and cloud all have movements of strong waves. Altogether, it makes the picture looks very expressive but it is not only the form that makes it expressive but also the colours that express the content of his picture. "Yellow, for example, meant faith or triumph or love to Van Gogh, while carmine was a spiritual colour and cobalt was divine one. Red and green, on the other hand, stood for the terrible human passions"1.

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  23. Art Evaluation

    At the background of this, I drew something very similar looking to a volcanic explosion using black and red, I used these again very dark colours to add to the horrid pain of death, the explosion was to represent the pressure built up within the soul to be released from a repetitive system an being finally free and released. This is similar to a volcanic explosion, the pressure builds up and it is very tense and the release is like a relief and a very big explosion.

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  24. The Effects of the Nazi Political Movement on German Visual Arts

    The Nazi regime influenced works of art, destroying some of the best work and using the qualities that art stands for to develop a form of 'brainwashing' art that we call propaganda. "Art had to be simplified in order to communicate at the level of the lowest common denominator" -George Orwell, 1984 INTRODUCTION: The immense effect that Nazism had on German visual art will be examined in this essay. Prime examples of Nazi-approved art will be displayed, and the downfall of one of the most revolutionary schools will be discussed.

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  25. Vincent van Gogh

    Before the great artist was born, Anna had a son, the first Vincent Willem, but he was dead at birth. Often, Anna would take little Vincent with her to visit his brother's grave. This was one of the ways thoughts of death came to him. He would wonder about the meaning of death and influenced a lot of his later art works. Vincent was the eldest out of all his brothers and sisters. His brother, Theodorus, was the closest sibling to Vincent and he often sent his brother letters regarding his thoughts and philosophies of life.

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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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  • 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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