GCSE students responded to a variety of themes including 'I, me, mine', 'order and disorder', 'hopes, fears and memories', 'ordinary and extraordinary', 'beginning and end' and 'similarities and differences'.
Feedback from GCSE art and design examiner-
'This is a centre that supports candidates to explore artists and ideas using a wide range of processes and materials. Candidates presented a wealth of different responses in which thoughtful and creative connections are made with others work.
Candidates were encouraged to observe and respond to the world around them. Investigation was often rich and varied, with strong observational drawing in many candidates work. Analysis of others work is central to this centre’s course and all candidates are supported to explore a rich seam of contexts. Sketchbooks and display sheets were used to record observations, experiences and ideas. Final pieces, which ranged from paintings, mixed media pieces and sculpture revealed that candidates had worked with commitment and enthusiasm.
Candidates made exciting personal responses. Preparatory supporting studies in the form of a personal journey. In the strongest candidates there was an exciting sense of discovery as ideas developed. Candidates used materials very well, some demonstrating an excellent understanding of them. '