The Personal Portfolio is an extended personal coursework project that enables learners to develop personal artwork, working progressively with more confidence and independence from a given starting point or theme.
The extended personal project always starts with students exploring the formal elements of Art in order to learn the foundations for success. They develop observational drawings based on a focus of their choice and detailed artist research and analysis in order to inform their ideas. Students then experiment with a wide range of ideas, media. Learners are encouraged to work in a more independent manner, developing personalized coursework and making decisions about the selection and use of materials. The creative journey culminates in the development of a final piece.
Techniques and media learners may experience include:
2D – Pencil, pencil crayon, fineliner, biro, ink, acrylic paint, watercolour paint, collage, mixed media, monoprint, press print, etching, collagraph printing
3D – Card relief, clay, ceramics, glass, wire, plaster work
Digital – Adobe Photoshop, digital photography, studio photography, film making, animation
The extended personal project equates to 60% of students overall GCSE marks.