Last updated 02/09/2015

Crustaceans and Natural Forms: A Beautiful International GCSE Art Exam

This International GCSE Art exam (controlled test) was completed by Nikau Hindin, while studying IGCSE Art & Design (CIE 0400) at ACG Parnell College, Auckland, New Zealand (2007). It was a response to the topic ‘Crustacean‘ and was awarded an A* grade.

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A detail showing part of Nikau’s final International GCSE exam piece.


A beautiful exploration of natural form, Nikau demonstrates a sensitive and individual response to the subject matter. Arranging a still life of shells and crayfish in the crashing waves of a local beach, Nikau worked from first-hand observation and her own photographs. She experimented with a range of different media, including acrylic, black biro on acrylic ground, black and white pencil on an Indian ink ground, and ink and white paint on newspaper, before completing the final exam piece in watercolours.

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An International GCSE Art exam project exploring natural forms (A*) 

The video below shows additional close ups and details of this International GCSE Art exam.

If you enjoyed viewing this artwork, Nikau’s IGCSE Coursework ProjectAS Coursework Project, AS Art Exam and A2 Coursework project also feature on the Student Art Guide.

This article was written by . 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 Student Art Guide on Pinterest or join the discussion on Facebook. (If you are an Art teacher, you may also wish to join our High School Art Teacher Facebook Group).