Bateman Gold Unit 1 Part A

This could include:

  • ◗  details of their main art form/practice – DONE
  • ◗  details of the new art form/practice and why they have chosen it
  • ◗  a skills development plan
  • ◗  evidence of working with a practitioner experienced within the new art form or arts practice – DONE
  • ◗  evidence of progress
  • ◗  evidence of the new work
  • ◗  evidence of sharing the new work
  • ◗  feedback from others
  • ◗  a final review, including reflection on the new skills developed and the influence they have had on their main art form/practice

My art form

My main art form is Photography.

My new art form will be Surrealism.



My Strengths and Weaknesses

My strengths

Fine Detailed Work – A student at my school held a drawing contest and I ended up winning. I submitted a picture of two dogs and a toad. The organiser of the competition noted that I had paid attention to detail.

Telling a story with art work – When I visited the Tate Modern, I felt inspired by Olafur Eliasson’s tunnel of fog which led me to make a mood board which conveyed a story from pictures I found of the exhibition.

Expressing emotion – In GCSE media studies, I made an advert about old age and loneliness, and how it could be prevented. In the advert, I took a picture of a dim empty cup with a black background and a faint hand holding the cup, saying the percentage of seniors who feel they have no one to talk to.

Creating abstract or surreal art – In my Philosophy lessons I like to use surreal artwork to aid my work. I have made several revision posters using surrealist drawings.

My weaknesses

I would like to develop these skills in my Gold Arts Award project

  • Using studio equipment independently
  • Using Photoshop independently
  • Understanding light and shadow
  • Working in black and white and using contrast
  • Choosing the right materials
  • Being free and experimental

How my project will help me to achieve my goals

Using studio equipment independently – I will have to practice this in order to take my photos.

Using Photoshop independently – I will be editing my pictures so I will pick up what different features are which.

Understanding light and shadow –

Working in black and white and using contrast –

Choosing the right materials –

Being free and experimental –

Evidence of Progress

Working with a practitioner: Melanie Jones, abstract photographer.

About Melanie

Melanie Jones is an abstract, landscape and portrait photographer and is also the art teacher at Treasure House School.

Pictures from Melanie’s website

The first picture I have chosen shows surrealism a lot, because a ladder would normally not be seen on a beach, it feels out of place. I like how the background is misty, it gives off slightly eerie vibes which often goes hand in hand with surreal photography. I hope to learn how to create different feelings in my photos, like Melanie has with the mist. I have included some other photos I like that demonstrate Melanie’s ability with abstract photos.

About the project

Melanie gave me a brief that would help me to learn new surrealism skills:

For this project I used photography to capture pictures and Photoshop to edit the pictures to get the desired surrealist effects I wanted. I researched beforehand into different surrealist photography to give me an idea of what i’m doing and to also to get inspiration.

Learning how to use the studio equipment and camera

My school received new studio equipment and camera which I took part off setting up almost completely independently, this was a useful experience and a good lesson to learn, navigating around problems that I encountered helped me learn to adapt and learn more about the equipment itself.

I took pictures of Aidan to practice different types of lighting. In particular I was focusing on 3 point lighting. I also watched other students use different types of lighting so I picked up on quite a few different types of lighting, and how to set the lights themself up.

One point lighting

Three Point Lighting


Three point lighting with hair lighting

My photo of Aidan using three point lighting.

Planning my mini-project

The lighting diagrams I made for my surrealist portrait.

Taking the images

We can add a gallery of the unedited images here. You should also describe the process of taking the pictures a little.

Editing the images

Describe how you edited the pictures. We can also put a couple of screenshots of you editing the work in Photoshop.

The final images from this mini project

Feedback from Melanie

Alice created a set of deeply creepy photos for her mini-project and she learnt a lot about photography along the way. She is now capable of using the studio, an SLR camera, and editing software independently which will help her to create her new art work. She is a meticulous editor who took time to perfect the images even though this was a practice project. The use of the plague mask, combined with the young and innocent looking model shows an understanding of contrast and dualism often found in surrealist art. I think Alice would benefit from a study of surrealism as an art form to give her final project more context.

How this project helped me to achieve my goals

Write one or two sentences about how this project helped you with each of these goals.

Using studio equipment independently –

Using Photoshop independently –

Understanding light and shadow –

Working in black and white and using contrast –

Choosing the right materials –

Being free and experimental –

Working with a practitioner: Federico Von Borstal P.H.D

Due to the Covid-19 school closures, I completed a Udemy online course instead of working with a surrealist practitioner. Give a little bit of information about what you learnt (a couple of sentences).

Screen shots from the Udemy Course

Understanding light and shadow – I learn about how artists like Dali use light and shadow in pictures like this one:

Working in black and white and using contrast –

Choosing the right materials –

Being free and experimental –

Preparing for the New Work

Generating Ideas

My project plan

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To create my project I will:

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To evaluate the success of my project I will:

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How my project will use my strengths

Fine Detailed Work : This will make sure I pay close attention to all the small details, which then adds up into the bigger picture.

Telling a story with art work:

Expressing emotion:

Creating abstract or surreal art: As I am doing surreal photography, this will come in handy as i already have some previous experience with it.

Specific research and planning – Learning new skills

Shopping / Visits / gathering materials etc.

The Plans

Creating The New Work

Creation and ongoing evaluation

Overcoming Challenges

Editing / Post Production

Photographing the Work

Click here to see my online exhibition!


Feedback surveys and reaction from others

My Evaluation of this project

How I used my strengths

How I improved on my weaknesses

Unit 1 – Part B

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