ART BTEC 2015 intake!

ART BTEC 2015 intake!

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Life Cycles Checklist

Text and Image - Amy Turner
  •          Mindmapping and visual moodboards  (gathered and collaged secondary imagery and text – use Pinterest and Google Image) for at least 2 life cycles (between written and visual content this should  total at least 6 pages)
  •          Further more specific brainstorming developing a theme/concept within your chosen Lifecycle.
  •          2 Storyboards with plans for photoshoot, annotated to make clear what your intentions are with regards to location, models, props, make-up, costume, lighting, camera angle, depth of field etc.
  •         A sustained piece of drawing from observation of an object/objects associated with your Life Cycle.
  •          At least 3 good photoshoots - at least two of these should be on location.
  •          1 Photoshoot of objects to do with life cycles.
  •         Wallet size prints of best unedited
  •         A few larger prints (A5/A4) of edited ones that are the most effective.
  •          Research on 4 photographers with questions answered in your own words (see project brief on blog for guidance on this)
  •          At least one sustained drawing based on images from your photoshoots.
  •         4 good collages using mixed media, sewing, acetate layering and spray paint. 
  •          Examples of work by 2 collage Artists e.g. Katy Lemay and Nazario Graziano, identify the Artists, and give brief analysis of their work.
  •          2 good monoprints.
  •          2 gold cards with prints included on a variety of papers/surfaces.
  •          4 rapid charcoal and chalk timed sketches (done in class)
  •          10 sustained and quick text experiments using words/phrases appropriate to your life cycle, try letterpress/pins in board/wire/ransom note/spray stencil/freehand /hammer punch etc.
  •          Images from
  •          2 phrases using found objects to do with life cycle recorded photographically.
  •          1 small painting
  •          2 Photography exercises on shutterspeed and Aperture with questions answered.

Photography Unit Questions.


·         Explain what shutter speed is on a DLSR camera
·         What part of the camera changes shutter speed? What different settings can you have it on?
·         What differing effects can be achieved using differing shutter speeds ?  Please give examples using your photographs you have taken today ?
·         What does changing the shutter speed affect also on the camera?
·         When do you think you would use fast shutter speed and when would you use slow shutter
·         Give an example for each from your experiments today.

·          When would you need to use a tripod ?
·         What are the shutterspeed settings that can be selected ?
·         What does ISO affect ?
·         When would you use a high ISO?
·         When would you use a low ISO?

·         What does this affect?
·         When would you use a large aperture?
·         When would you use a small aperture?
·         Show your experiments with depth of field in wallet size prints and label the f stops you were experimenting with.
·         For your aperture exercise, explain what you did next to your wallet prints.  

·         Can you talk about what Adobe Bridge software, Photoshop and what  this allows you to do to  your photographs?
·         Can you show some screenshots of the details of photographs you have taken today whilst on Adobe Bridge?

THIS WEEK: With your knowledge of the workings of a camera, now show your experimentation within your objects connected to your chosen life cycle.  Take a set of 10 relevant photographs of objects or people for life cycles that shows your understanding of shutter speed and depth of field, and takes advantage of different lighting conditions on LOCATION.   Annotate next to these wallet prints telling us what you have done.  

Friday, 6 May 2016

Expressive Type and Photoshoot Work


  • Produce a range of experiments working with  at least 2 phrases / lyrics/ headlines/ tag lines using
  • Letterpress
  • punch letters
  • Lettraset if we have any
  • newspaper/magazine - kidnapping messaging  which is then carboned and put back into the collage
  • Wire black annealed and jewellery
  • scratching into photographs/acetate and putting paint on
  • cutting the positive out of old books page
  • sewing please bring in cottons
  • Combinations of the above
  •  A second photoshoot of at least 8 good photographs to supplement your first shoot.  This must be models , objects ON LOCATION to supplement your idea.  T his is particularly important if you feel your first shoot is not adequate enough 
  • Have a look at   and expressive typography using found objects on Pinterest Get some examples annotated in your sketchbooks.

For homework make your own homemade take photographs of found objects making up your phrases/words.  Try to use objects/materials that are appropriate to your theme ie  an addiction theme for teenagers may be made up from cigarette butts but toddler might use toy cars and crayons.   Produce at least 2 different phrases using differing found objects

  • Using your photographs  and or other secondary imagery produce the following:
  • 2 images using image transfer emulsion paint technique
  • 2 acetate collages
  • series of collages that show combinations of your drawings, photographs and printmaking.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

BTEC and Art Foundation Vid

A short video we put together (big thanks to former student Jade Evans for her work on this). The video gives a quick taster of work (and life) on the Art Foundation and BTEC Extended Diploma Courses at Alton. In it you will see a diverse range of work: Graphics, Photography, Fashion, Illustration, Fine Art, Animation, 3D Design, Textiles ...all areas you can specialise in on our courses.