GCSE Photography Guides

GCSE Photography HandoutsI have just updated my GCSE Photography guides that I give to students to support their work. They now show more clearly the different levels of complexity within each task, so I expect ALL students to complete the green statements/questions, MOST students to complete the orange statements/questions and SOME students might attempt the blue statements/questions.

I hope that this will both support my lower level students and push my middling to higher students.

1 Analysing Photographs V2017
2 How to plan a photo shoot V2017
3 Annotating a Contact Sheet V2017
4 Presenting work V2017
5 Best Photo Guidance Sheet V2017

Photography Challenges

Photography Challenge ImagesEach half term and end of term I set a school wide photography challenge, these usually consist of a set of 20 to 25 words that students have to capture in a photograph. I have found it has been a really great way to promote the subject across the school and get students thinking creativity during the break. Once the students return their images I have the head decide on a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and any highly commended images, these students (and sometimes staff) then receive certificates and prizes that are handed out in assembly.

Below I have added small selection of images that I have received from past competitions:

GCSE Photography Handbook

GCSE Photography Handbook Cover

My school are introducing AQA GCSE Photography in September so this summer I have been busy creating resources to get it of an running.

I give all my GCSE Art and Design Students a handbook which has items like the course structure, project titles and overviews, the Assessment Objectives and Grade guidance and I have found this to be both helpful for the students and parents. So I decided to do a little tweaking and adapt this for my new Photography students.

Click for the PDF version:
GSCE Photography Handbook

If you would like the original Pages version please drop me a message in the comments section of this post and I will email you over a copy as WordPress will not let me upload this file type.

Creative Arts Show 2015

       We have just held our first whole school creative arts show and it has been fab to see all the students work up and on display. We are a tiny school with a wide variety of student abilities but as you can see this has not stopped them from creating some great work.

Year 10 and I dug out the old display boards and worked together to display the work. The students enjoyed planning and working out how best to display their work in the space available. 

We had a great turn out from past students, current students, parents and grandparents. I am already thinking about how we can improve and expand next year! 

Year 10 GCSE – Kaleidoscope Images

Kaleidoscope Flowers 1 Kaleidoscope Flowers 5 Kaleidoscope Flowers 4 Kaleidoscope Flowers 3 Kaleidoscope Flowers 2

Year 10 are working on the theme ‘Altered Nature’ and have been on a trip to Kew Gardens where they took a range of macro photos. They presented the best of these in their sketchbook but I wanted them to really focus on creating some altered images with the images they took. So using Pixelmator they developed the images into a kaleidoscope style.

The class really enjoyed seeing how the images reflected and created the interesting patterns and shapes. I am going to get a high quality print of each of their best images printed via ZipPosters to put into their portfolios.

I imagine this technique could easily be replicated in Photoshop if your school did not have computers with Pixelmator on. I have attached the hand out that I used in the lesson: Flower Pattern ICT sheet

Year 7 – Clay Tiles

Sea creatures clay tiles

Here are just a few of the year 7’s clay tiles that are waiting to dry and be fired. They were very excited about working with clay and have really tried to follow their designs in their sketchbooks. I can’t wait to see them painted next week!