GCSE, or the General Certificate of Secondary Education, is the qualification given to British students in the subjects that they graduate in at the end of compulsory education. An art GCSE requires students to complete practical coursework as well as completing a supervised practical exam over several days. This can incorporate a range of materials and techniques.
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Cross Section in Clay
Take a selection of fruits that have visually interesting insides -- papaya, pomegranate, kiwi, etc. Cut the fruits at various angles and model the sliced fruits and their cross sections in clay. Use toothpicks, spoons and other tools to carve the shapes of the segments and seeds into the clay, and paint appropriate colours of glaze over the different tissues, skin and seeds. Create realistic textures for the outer skin by pimpling and scoring the surface with the tip of the toothpick.
Relief Carving Still Life
Still-life drawings of fruit are among the most standard pieces of artistic work that can be done. However, a 3D project allows you to play with this idea by carving the traditional still life in relief, using chisels and files to cut the scene out of wood or stone. Paint over the work, or leave it bare and polish it to bring out the natural features of the material such as knots or seams.
Take samples of different parts of fruits and examine them under the microscope. Recreate the various shapes and structures that you see at the microscopic level in clay or wood. To be really creative, cut the fruit into equal slices and take samples from different parts of the fruit. Try to get different types of tissue, such as skin, soft flesh, seed, etc. Now, draw the microscopic images onto acetate and mount the drawings within a wire frame structured in the shape of the fruit that you drew the samples from. Layer the drawings within the frame so that they convey the position within the fruit which you drew the sample from. Position the final piece in front of a light.
Mutants and Metamorphosis
Explore the similarities and differences between the shapes and textures of different fruit types by producing a series of sculptures showing the stages of a metamorphosis from one fruit and another. Morphing from an apple to an orange is not going to give you a lot to work with, so pick some fruits that are very different from each other -- a bunch of grapes and a banana, for example. Make your models in clay, polystyrene or whatever material you are most comfortable with.
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