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Visual Art: For students

Online resources supporting the learning and teaching of the Visual Arts

Tips from a student

Art tips from a high achieving student

  • My exploration was not only visual, but personal too. It showed my development as an artist and a thinker. I only had around 5 ideas at the beginning because I wasn’t familiar with the kitchen, but as I personally explored the kitchen more, inspiration came naturally.
  • I cared about my topic. I was exploring my hobby and my culture. If I wasn’t passionate about my topic, by the 8th or 9th image I would’ve hated my work. Artwork without passion is apparent.
  • It was visually appealing. Even though my personal story and passion were there, my Concentration wouldn’t be as strong if I did not play with perspectives and color schemes. I was really experimental about it too, and when the compositions didn’t work, they still served as a springboard for the next idea.
  • My topic was versatile enough to have twelve different ideas united under it. The kitchen has interesting tools, objects and angles I could use to experiment. That kept my idea fresh, yet united.
  • My topic was flexible. Choosing my kitchen as a basis for my topic might seem simple, but it provided enough room for experimenting with techniques that weren’t necessarily kitchen-related, like superimposition or collage.
  • My topic was accessible. I could go back easily to the kitchen and photograph some more, or look for other inspirations. This made a huge difference when some compositions needed more reworking than others. Read more here.

Research and analysis

Learning to research and analyse artwork - Fortismere Art Department

Thinking about thinking - Fortismere Art Department

Student drawing examples