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MostlySunny wibbles, "When I was 11 I got an A for my study of shark nets - mostly because I handed it in cut out in the shape of a shark."

Do people do projects that don't involve google-cut-paste any more? What fine tat have you glued together for teacher?

(, Thu 13 Aug 2009, 13:36)
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At GCSE I took Art, as I knew that if I wanted a 'proper job' one day I would have to take 'proper subjects' at A-level, so I saw it as my last chance to dick about a bit.

Now, I'm not the best at drawing, I can do it but I'm so impatient I can't be bothered with shading and whatnot, so I used to be quite inventive to avoid having to do much drawing. One of our coursework pieces was entitled 'My Town', so I made a sculpture of a church window out of plaster of paris bandage type stuff (may not be the real name of the substance) and stuck it to some paper on which I'd drawn a silhouette of some famous buildings in our city, then done 'sunsetty' sky at the top. Other girls in my class were all chavs, and even worse at drawing than me. They, in the same project, had pretty much all drawn a (lopsided) building with a cartoon of themselves at the front with 'my town' done in bubble writing at the top. My art teachers were lovely hippyish women who were obviously very frustrated and took the time to nurture me, let me come in at lunch to improve my skills and so on. I am still friends with one of them to this day.

Anyway, I digress.

The time came for the FINAL EXAM. So, what happens is, you get 2 weeks to prepare for a piece, research and so on. You're supposed to chart your progress through this, sticking pictures that have inspired you in a book and so forth. You then get 10 hours time (split up, obviously) to actually do it.

Now, as I have said, all the other girls in my class were chavtastic. There is invariably a 'fashion' theme you can choose (design a festival headdress, for example), and they all did this. Not ONE of them actually MADE the headdress, just spent 10 hours (ha ha) drawing it.

So, I went not one, but a MILLION times better. I filled 3 project books with my research into INSTALLATION ART. Oh yes. Now, I was a bit of a loner at high school, so nobody knew what I was planning to do.

Which is why they all looked a bit shocked when I came into the exam, where they were all sitting silently drawing, took off my school blouse (to reveal a vest top, pervs), tights and shoes, and started to make casts of my foot, leg, arm and hand (with the aforementioned bandagey stuff).

I made a cast of the top of a head too (vase) and wrote all over them and painted the nails, until, when placed on the floor, it looked like someone had sunk into it, with just the top of their head, outstretched arm, top of the leg and foot showing.

It was ace. I got the only A in the year.

I still have it and take it out from time to time to have a look. As I said before, I'm not a creative person, and seem to spend my life surrounded by musicians and artists, so it is nice to know that, before uni and research squished it out of me, I was good at creative stuffs.

On another note, I have a 2500 word essay due in on Tuesday, of which I have only written the introduction, and have spent all morning on B3TA before I go to work.... damn.

Length? Well I'm only 5 foot 1
(, Fri 14 Aug 2009, 13:42, 7 replies)
Have a click
(, Fri 14 Aug 2009, 13:56, closed)
you know the rules...

I'd actually quite like to see it...
(, Fri 14 Aug 2009, 13:59, closed)
what he said. This sounds cool.
(, Fri 14 Aug 2009, 14:06, closed)
Right, the stuff itself is in storage at my mum's and I have been looking for a picture but can't seem to find one, and stupid as it seems, I don't have a camera to take a picture. I will try my hardest.
(, Sat 15 Aug 2009, 9:28, closed)
I love that stuff
The type I was using was called Modroc or something similar.
(, Fri 14 Aug 2009, 14:13, closed)
I did something not completely dissimilar for my art gcse practical - I can't remember what the original artistic inspiration was (we had to have been inspired by an artist's style), but I ended up filling up a couple of buckets with some weird latex liquid which took an hour to set, making casts of my hands, which I then set into a painting, so they were 3d (peeling an orange i think). Great fun.
(, Fri 14 Aug 2009, 14:42, closed)
Did something similar as well
Used my sister's torso for a model (poor thing sat topless and covered in plastery goop in the cold house for an hour while the stuff dried), applied the result to a canvas and added a bit of paint. I think sis still has it somewhere.
(, Fri 14 Aug 2009, 19:27, closed)

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