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.
Learning from the artist Raymond Ching:
The top work on this page is inspired by watercolour artist Hazel Soan:
Learning from the artwork of Sylvia Siddell:
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.