Last updated 19/02/2014

International GCSE Art Sketchbook: Natural Forms Coursework 98%

This outstanding International GCSE Art and Design Coursework project was completed by Manisha Mistry in 2003, while studying IGCSE Art and Design (CIE 0400) at ACG Strathallan College, Auckland, New Zealand. A highly talented student, Manisha gained a result of 98% for her Coursework project. She submitted an A3 sketchbook and a final painting (A2) that were based on a 'Coastal Environment' theme, exploring natural forms such as shells, plants and landscapes. This was a theme set by the teacher and interpreted individually by students. The year’s course was broken into a number of smaller assignments that were explored over the following sketchbook pages.

Note: In 2003 the Coursework requirement was for a final project + sketchbook, rather than the A2 portfolio of 4 sheets (8 sides) that is the maximum requirement today.

It is hoped that this Case Study will benefit a range of high school Art students, including those who study GCSE Art and IGSCE Art and Design.

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A stunning and comprehensive body of work, Manisha’s IGCSE Art and Design Coursework has been admired by many of my students over the past few years. Now studying at Auckland University School of Medicine, Manisha is a talent to watch.

If you would like more help with the presentation of your own sketchbook, please read Tips for Producing an Amazing GCSE or A Level Sketchbook.

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+