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  1. Caspar David Freidrich. One of his most famous paintings is called Wanderer above the mist.

    He learnt a lot from that and here is where his art-life began. Friedrich was a romanticist. Romanticism revolved around the importance of feelings, imagination, self-expression and individual creativity. The Romantic Movement, which began around 1795, brought about one of the most fundamental changes in outlook in literature, music and the arts. It's originated in the second half of the 18th century in Western Europ´┐Ż and evolved during the Industrial Revolution.

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  2. After closely examining the work Bacchus and the Four Seasons in person I noticed many details important that I had missed when studying the piece in the text book.

    The Sarcophagus was placed on a marble pedestal, which was atop a podium, raising the piece a few feet off the ground. This made the work appear much larger than it really was. This way of presenting the piece was not done to mislead viewers; it puts the sculpture at eye level so viewers do not have to bend down to see the work. The skin of the marble figures was so finely polished, that it was almost reflective. The smooth marble appeared somewhat waxy.

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  3. Art essay Thesis: what elements of Dada and Surrealism suggest the influence of Freud?

    I am unable rightly to appreciate many of the methods used and the affects obtained in art. (SE, XII.211) In the previous statement by Freud himself, Anthony Storr reports that Freud was not concerned with the form of the art itself but with its content; hence, he "applied the same technique of interpretation to works of art as he did to dreams, phantasies, and neurotic symptoms."(93) Furthermore, in the 20th century there was the rise of both art movements Dada(ism) and surrealism, and both were greatly influenced by the works of great innovators such as Sigmund Freud.

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  4. Jenny Saville. This painting by Jenny Saville is named Rosetta and is a portrait of a blind woman. My first reaction to the painting is the piece has a very anguished feel

    The reds and pinks of the lips appear quite vivid in comparison to the rest of the painting. I like the way the painting appears as if it has lots of texture and unusualness, however this is not a painting that I would want in my home no matter the size, the coldness of it is too much. But to view this piece for its artistically portrayed emotions makes me like it, it is a good example of how the way you paint something and the tone of the colours used can really have an impact.

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  5. Raqib Shaws work is the kind that just looks so beautiful it is impossible to dislike. His paintings, no matter what way you look at them, naturally look exquisite

    At school he displayed in affinity with English Literature; Wordsworth, Coleridge, the Brontes, Wilde, Hardy are named favourites. At the age of 24, in 1988, he entered the Central St Martin's School of Art in London to study his BA then MA, but on arrival he was treated a 'noble savage'. Moving to London resulted in Shaw developing an interest in Renaissance paintings and being astounded by some paintings in the National Gallery including Botticelli's Adoration of the Magi and Bronzino's 'Allegory with Venus, Cupid and Time.'

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  6. Durers painting Melancholia I is seen by many historians as being a depiction of the intellectual situation of the artist and is thus, by extension, a spiritual self-portrait of Durer

    The angel also shows a depressed and emotionally hurt mood. She unlike the other two characters is not looking down, but instead she is looking away from the main activities within the place she is sat. Her compasses are held in a way that they are of no use and the book that is sat on her lap is closed. All this presents the viewer with the idea that this place is not pleasant and that the characters within it are sad as if they possibly want out of the situation they are in.

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  7. Look carefully at plate 1.3.24, Cezannes Jug and Fruit (1885-87), and Plate 1.3.30, Zurbarans Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose (1633). In no more than 500 words, outline what you think are the main differences between them.

    Cezanne on the other hand uses a narrow tonal range, where the differences between light and dark are minimal and the light source seems to come from the upper right, but not as strong as in Zurbaran's painting. Cezanne's picture has calmer and more peaceful effects. Both artists choose the same gender, Still Life. Although there are some differences, Zurbaran chooses lemons and oranges as a subject for his work and Cezanne choose apples and pears.

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  8. Fashion is the style and custom prevalent at a given time. People have used clothes to indicate rank, gender, s****l availability, locality, class, wealth and group affiliation. . Fashion is a form of free speech. It not only embraces clothing, but also a

    The term couturier was in fact first created in order to describe him.It was during this period that many design houses began to hire artists to sketch or paint designs for clothes. The images alone could be presented to clients much more cheaply than by producing an actual sample clothes in the workroom and the tradition of designers sketching out clothes designs instead of presenting completed clothes on models to customers began as an economy. Styles are related with fashion. Coco Chanel said:"A women who doesn't wear perfume has no future". I think it is exactly with styles. Retro style.

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  9. Critical Research of "Creativity" by Nadine Rippelmeyer

    The majority of the canvas that is taking up by the lightly valued colors appears to have a nice and smooth texture, whereas its counter part which is the heavily valued areas appears to have a gritty and bumpy texture to it. In relation this texture gives form to that selected area by producing a shadow on the piece. Balance is created by line, value and texture. This is evident because the thin, smooth and dark chaotic lines contrast well with the thick, gritty and light organized lines to create an equilibrium or balance and thus giving the piece unity and meaning.

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    Critical Research of Le paradis peut attendre/ Heaven can wait by Josee Dallaire

    However, she is not limited by these colors, one can see variations of blue including royal blue that slowing transition from and into a dark purple in the lower left of her face cheek, forehead, shoulder, ear and even the outer left part of her arm. In contrast, various bright values of yellow and white are predominant to the right of this woman's face and upper right shoulder, thus light is entering the canvas and shining down on her from the right side of the canvas.

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  11. Does Religious Art have any Relevance in Today's Society?

    Anthony,' the print 'The Birth of a God', or 'Christ of St. John of the Cross' which remains the most popular exhibit ever to be shown in St. Mungoes Church of Religious Life and Art in Glasgow, which just goes to show that when these pieces and others like them are displayed anywhere in any gallery across the world they are guaranteed to attract an absolute flood of visitors and their wallets. But Salvador Dali isn't the only person to inject their beliefs about religion into popular culture through the medium of art.

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  12. Should the Arts be completely free? Discuss this with reference to literature or painting.

    The actions of a Yale Art Student, Aliza Shvarts, using the blood from repeated forced abortions, which were in turned preceded by repeated artificial impregnations, to create her artwork are testimony to the dire consequences of giving the arts complete freedom. The Yale student who utilized controversy in 2008 for her senior art project, is a good example of postmodern moral relativism. Moral relativism can be summarized, as "my truth is my truth." The Yale student's use of abortion showed no regards for the sanctity of human life.

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  13. Art Noveau - Charles Rennie Mackintosh

    He finely exploited natural and artificial lighting and explored new spatial concepts, based on strong traditional Scottish elements adapted to the modern way of life. Mackintosh's poster of the Scottish Musical Review is mainly composed of linear art. The woman's body is elongated this displays elegance and modernism; the curved lines used are a chief characteristic of the movement which derive from natural forms and evoke organic growth. Mackintosh has eliminated three-dimensional shapes in the design; this was achieved through reduced shading.

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  14. Bahaus - Joost Schmidt Poster. This design is mainly composed of geometric shapes with is typical of the Bauhaus movement. Several words and numbers have been printed; the title Staatliches Bauhaus is there to show what the poster is about

    Schmidt (1893-1948) was a visionary typographer/graphic designer; his first typographical works date from 1923. He was a very dedicated designer, evidence of his dedication were displayed in his actions; he pursued his work as a graphic designer despite much resistance from the Nazis. Schmidt is best known for designing the famous poster for the 1923 Bauhaus Exhibition in Weimar. This work with its round and square motifs, recalls reliefs by Oskar Schlemmer. This design is mainly composed of geometric shapes with is typical of the Bauhaus movement.

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  15. On the History Of Sculpture

    These images are often fashioned as aesthetic carvings or figures adorning buildings, fountains, jewelry, memorials, housewares, and countless other items both public and private. Among the many functions of the art, sculptures in their many forms serve as artifacts of the societies they were formed in. These artifacts do a great deal to tell us of the culture of the people--what their government was like, the aspects of daily life, and the religious beliefs of the people. There exist three categories that define most any sculpture: relief's, linear, and full-round, which are classified by their appearance.

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  16. Art Essay

    Art isn't about what you see (representation); it begins to be about the artist's motives as well. --> Artists start painting for themselves rather than for the audience in Dutch Still Life. o Impressionism --> heavily influenced by Japanese art. Due to technology he found out about them. Looked at artifacts and loved it because it was different. o Western Art - Realism o Reject the rectangular formation - used squares and circle canvas. --> Composition in a conventional way. Different to his time as everyone used rectangles. CULTURAL FRAME o Impressionism: photo's came out and questions the role of the artist --> documenting historical values (painting = one off, camera = many replicas).

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  17. Art & Interests

    Its not only people that warhole has made forever iconic, he has done the same with cambell soup. The way that the soup can is repeated really gives it a sense of presence and sticks in your mind, again with this piece when I see Campbell soup I automatically think of Warhol, not the soup itself. Warhol takes something we all know in present life and makes it something that people forever know. He has this effect using bold colours and repetition. Now there are many artist out there that use their art to get someone known, probably the latest one is Graphic designer/street artist Shepard Fairey.

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  18. Chiaroscuro artist comparative essay

    - Tate Michealangelo Caravaggio was born in 1571. He was an Italian artist, and his works were based around the themes of the physical, human state. He used dramatic lighting in his works to express the human emotion. At the time when he was working, there was a focus on religious art - to combat the threat of Protestantism in Spain. Cavavaggio employed the used of Chiascuro, and tenebrism, to make his naturalistic characters look dramatic, and focus on feelings and emotions. The realism of his figures added even more intensity to the emotions felt in the painting.

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  19. from midnight to first light

    The subtle shades of these colours almost give a dark and depressing feel, when actually in the artist own words she says that the piece was "inspired by the changes in light just before the crack of dawn", which almost gives the piece a sense of celebrating new life after loss. The purple and blue tones are clustered together as are the orange and green tones, which represent the rising of the sun and the going down of the moon.

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  20. AS Photography - Image based study

    by using the dark, almost black tone to (in a way) underline the focal point. There is also very good use of lighting and shadow in the piece. This is not just in the way the main subjects, for example the napkin, are positioned so that the item is given texture by the use of shadow, but also in the fact that he has included shadow cast by objects outside of the piece. By doing this he has hinted at the world outside of the photograph. It helps give the image context.

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  21. AS Photography - Statement of Intent

    In the first project I concentrated on techniques (such as differential focus and shutter exploitation) and how these are used to enhance a picture. Although this was more of a technical project it helped me understand how images can be improved with certain skills raising them above simple recording shots. In the second I looked at the use of composition and lighting within still life photography and how important they are when creating an image. In contrast to the first project my still life work helped me to understand how important the selection of a subject is in a photograph and how much the final effect of the image rely on precise composition.

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  22. AS Photography Statement of Intent and brainstorm examples

    Although I enjoyed doing the first project work (this is my first ever experience with SLR photography and so it was exciting to be able to plan a photograph using a certain technique, take it, develop the film and then produce a quality print showing the desired effect) it did inhibit creativity slightly by focusing on technique as a main priority. The first project was designed for us to demonstrate a competency in the use of techniques whereas I intend to use this project to develop my own artistic style of photography.

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  23. Docuementary photography

    Documentary photography developed around the time of the Civil War and was assigned a genre closer to journalism. At the beginning of photographic practice image making was viewed very differently to how it is now. This implied that the photographers were skilled technicians rather than artists and just observers of the social scene. Early documentary photography consisted of subjects such as war, the dead, but mainly of the working class and immigrant workers. Before photography the middle and upper classes had very little exposure of witnessing working class life and people from overseas. This rise in the documentation allowed people to see real evidence and helped in the education process of society.

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  24. Filippo Brunelleschi- perspective in art

    The focal point of the piece, the presentation of St. John's head to Herod, is in the far left corner, and the crowd watching is clustered into the right corner. Upon examination of the action, however, Donatello's intention is clear; by placing the people in this way, the gesture and emotion of the scene is more implicit and effective. It is also more clearly established that the scene does not end at the focal point, it in fact continues off into every direction, an impression more clearly made with his use of scientific perspective.

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  25. Helvetica Essay

    Helvetica was initially released in 1961 and gradually transformed into a corporate typeface. An example of its impact would be taking a Coca Cola advertisement from the 1950's (which was filled with illustrative graphics and cursive typography; it was telling you more about a story and a lifestyle rather than the actual product) and comparing it to one in the 1960's. By looking at the advertising for Coca Cola in the 1960's, one can see the clear difference. The typography is there, that is all it needs to do, but the bottle and glass of coke have to sweat to make their efforts to adhere to the properties which Helvetica depicts; modern, simple and the most effective word, refreshing.

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Art and Design at A level is a challenging course that will see you involved in a creative, practical development of your skills as an artist, as well as developing a general appreciation of art. You will be encouraged to experiment with a variety of disciplines and to advance your own technique, style and specialism.

The assessment is practical but there are elements of written work including in-depth critical studies. Marked by Teachers has a wealth of essays in this area which can really help you understand what examiners are looking for.

A level Art and Design is fundamental preparation for those wishing to study the subject further at Art School and also an ideal grounding for those who wish to go on to study Architecture,Design Fashion.


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  • Compare two or three local museums that you have visited

    "In conclusion therefore I must add that to compete with all the other media today, museums have to use the genuine things that only they possess in order to increase people's appreciation and understanding of the past. They're failing to do this at the moment. Pure example is the Museum of Fine Arts that I just described. It contains some of the world's rarest treasures, yet its labels communicate only the briefest and most mundane information. How many people shuffling past these painting look at them with any understanding? It would be perfectly possible, to create a whole display that introduced the visitors to the artists's times and life's work, and led them, by degrees, to that painting in particular, so that, when they looked at it, they catch a glimpse of the painter's mental effort as he tried to depict the soul. But as it is, visitors pass on without a second glance at these remarkable achievements of mankind."

  • Evaluate the ways in which emotion might enhance and/or undermine reasoning as a way of knowledge.

    "Emotion might enhance and/or undermine reasoning as a way of knowledge because in most cases emotion is what causes you judgement depending on your culture and the subject areas you look at. As you can see depending on what area you look at it seems as though either emotion or reasoning has a larger influence. Such as subject such as science are there to establish facts where as art is harder to justify value judgements with the same amount of certainty you have in science. In my opinion emotion is what affects our judgements in certain cases such as when looking at something for a first time."

  • This essay will discuss how two of Banksys most popular works have been shown in a critical and/or enlightening way.

    "In conclusion, Banksyâs Rickshaw and Armored Dove have been shown in both critical and enlightening ways of looking at society. They have been shown through the techniques of juxtapositioning and symbolism as a representation of the recurring themes in Banksyâs work: inequality, consumerism, conflict and an ironic representation of peace. From the mouth of the man himself; âI like to think I have the guts to stand up anonymously in a Western democracy and call for things that no-one else believes in â like peace, justice and freedomâ."

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