Last updated 19/02/2014

International GCSE Art Sketchbook examples

The A3 sketchbook examples shown in this blog post were created by my sister Heather Garland (aged seventeen) and I, prior to my first year of teaching IGCSE Art and Design (the International equivalent of GCSE Art, assessed by Cambridge University). I employed Heather to work for me during the Christmas holidays: together we created sketchbook pages that could be used to inspire and guide my students. In 2002, the internet was not the wealth of resources it is today: I needed physical Painting and Related Media Coursework examples that my students could learn from.

The sketchbook pages you see here are based a 'Coastal Environment' theme: the exploration of natural forms, such as shells, plants and seascapes. It is hoped that these pages are of benefit to many high school Art students, as well as, of course, those studying or teaching GCSE Art or IGSCE Art and Design.

Note: In 2002 the CIE IGCSE Coursework requirement was for a final project + sketchbook, rather than the A2 portfolio of 4 sheets (8 sides) that is the [maximum] requirement today.

observational drawings in a GCSE art sketchbook


gcse art sketchbook showing natural forms


line techniques - art ideas for a natural forms project


line and texture ideas for a GCSE art project


charcoal drawings of shells - gcse art sketchbook


example of a gcse art sketchbook exploring shells


drawing of seaweed in sand - gcse art sketchbook


newspaper and mixed media sketchbook page, GCSE art


black and white on brown midtone - sketchbook drawing of bones


Learning from the artist Raymond Ching:

learning from raymond ching drawings - gcse sketchbook


creative use of a photocopier - gcse sketchbook tips


how to draw water - gcse art sketchbook ideas


drawings of water - gcse art ideas


The top work on this page is inspired by watercolour artist Hazel Soan:

water paintings, gcse art sketchbook work


Learning from the artwork of Sylvia Siddell:

learning from artist models - gcse art fish paintings


These pages are also visible in the following video:

To see student artwork completed using this teaching programme, please view this IGCSE Art sketchbook by Manisha Mistry, who gained 98% for her Coursework Project based on the same Coastal Environment / Natural Forms theme.

Amiria RobinsonThis article was written by Amiria Robinson. Amiria has been a teacher of Art & Design and a Curriculum Co-ordinator for seven years, responsible for the course design and assessment of Art and Design work in two high-achieving Auckland schools. Amiria has a Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Bachelor of Architecture (First Class Honours) and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching. She is a CIE Accredited Art & Design Coursework Assessor. Follow Amiria on Google+