Looking to study A-Level Art?

31st May 2020

The assessment criteria for A-Level Art are firstly - recording the ideas, which basically means annotating or writing down ideas using a sketchbook as an evidence of a candidate’s research. The second step is exploring those ideas, the more inventive, the more creative the candidate is the higher the grade they would likely to be awarded. The core aim behind A-Level Art is to provoke students to start thinking outside the box (having previously acquired basic drawing and painting skills). Students are encouraged to move from conventional to individual approach in creating their own unique art, which may have a number of forms through experimentation with different media (materials). 

An examiner would want to see how the idea started and how it has been developed. It is a gradual and sequential process, but at the same time a creative one!

Still interested? Then, meet Ronald (an Art student at Cherwell College) and discover some of his works for a final assessment of his A-Level Art. Short annotations explain the idea behind each painting and the media used. 

My Street

When I thought about this project, I already had two roads in my mind. One being my birth place (Macau) and the other where I now study in Oxford. Therefore past and present are equally important. Trying to combine this road map idea, I created a collage using elements from different maps (Oxford and Macau), and also images from Chinese and English culture. I then decided to connect these by inter- connecting lines to emphasise that the roads within my placed maps/collage/painting represent the idea that I have, in a sense, now 2 homes. On top of the collage, I have circled the 2 streets of my places of abode - past and present. Lastly, I have used acetate drawings of mine to try to reinforce ideas of my roots and culture as well as memories of the past. - Ronald, A-Level (Year 13) student


I attempted to develop and abstract my drawings using ideas based upon an artist that I was researching on - Henry Moore and His “void and mass” sculptures. One particular sculpture that I liked and which influenced my own work, was his “Sheep piece”. He made it in bronze in 1969. The sculpture shows two forms which look like two animals.

The area of the void beneath the larger form creates a view to the outside world and as well as being animal-like, the sculpture also has a bone-like appearance. This merging of forms, and voids between, was an influence on my metamorphosis drawings.

My pieces starting as an abstract form and then slowly transforming to a shell, sculpture and a skull. This represents that there are different ways to expressing your ideas and art, there aren’t any right answers but only possibilities. - Ronald, A-Level (Year 13) student

Landscape - final piece

In my final coursework piece, I made a large painting done mostly from imagination, of an aerial view of a tiny section of the earth surrounded by water. It was the size of 200m X 150. This was, because the earth itself - with its mountains, plains and rivers etc., - is, in my view, the most wondrous, ever-changing natural form! - Ronald, A-Level (Year 13) student

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