StArt Up: Top Arts 2014

Folio: Gemma Topliss – VCE Art


SAT – Criterion 1

Exploration of personal ideas through a conceptual and practical investigation in art making

Gemma began her folio by completing a concept map of thoughts and ideas to draw upon over the year. This related to themes that involved the ordinary, everyday, mundane aspects of individual lives. Gemma collected images that referred to these ideas and concepts, and researched artists such as Chris Ware and Quentin Blake, whose work was relevant to her own. She prepared beautiful, sensitive small drawings to explore her ideas and annotated these with reflections using the language of the Analytical Frameworks. At the start of Unit 4, Gemma completed another concept map, which extended her thinking, and did some research into the history and cultural context of the matryoshka dolls that were to be her thematic focus.

SAT – Criterion 1

Exploration of personal ideas through a conceptual and practical investigation in art making

Gemma began her folio by completing a concept map of thoughts and ideas to draw upon over the year. This related to themes that involved the ordinary, everyday, mundane aspects of individual lives. Gemma collected images that referred to these ideas and concepts, and researched artists such as Chris Ware and Quentin Blake, whose work was relevant to her own. She prepared beautiful, sensitive small drawings to explore her ideas and annotated these with reflections using the language of the Analytical Frameworks. At the start of Unit 4, Gemma completed another concept map, which extended her thinking, and did some research into the history and cultural context of the matryoshka dolls that were to be her thematic focus.

SAT – Criterion 1

Exploration of personal ideas through a conceptual and practical investigation in art making

Gemma began her folio by completing a concept map of thoughts and ideas to draw upon over the year. This related to themes that involved the ordinary, everyday, mundane aspects of individual lives. Gemma collected images that referred to these ideas and concepts, and researched artists such as Chris Ware and Quentin Blake, whose work was relevant to her own. She prepared beautiful, sensitive small drawings to explore her ideas and annotated these with reflections using the language of the Analytical Frameworks. At the start of Unit 4, Gemma completed another concept map, which extended her thinking, and did some research into the history and cultural context of the matryoshka dolls that were to be her thematic focus.

SAT – Criterion 1

Exploration of personal ideas through a conceptual and practical investigation in art making

Gemma began her folio by completing a concept map of thoughts and ideas to draw upon over the year. This related to themes that involved the ordinary, everyday, mundane aspects of individual lives. Gemma collected images that referred to these ideas and concepts, and researched artists such as Chris Ware and Quentin Blake, whose work was relevant to her own. She prepared beautiful, sensitive small drawings to explore her ideas and annotated these with reflections using the language of the Analytical Frameworks. At the start of Unit 4, Gemma completed another concept map, which extended her thinking, and did some research into the history and cultural context of the matryoshka dolls that were to be her thematic focus.

SAT – Criterion 1

Exploration of personal ideas through a conceptual and practical investigation in art making

Gemma began her folio by completing a concept map of thoughts and ideas to draw upon over the year. This related to themes that involved the ordinary, everyday, mundane aspects of individual lives. Gemma collected images that referred to these ideas and concepts, and researched artists such as Chris Ware and Quentin Blake, whose work was relevant to her own. She prepared beautiful, sensitive small drawings to explore her ideas and annotated these with reflections using the language of the Analytical Frameworks. At the start of Unit 4, Gemma completed another concept map, which extended her thinking, and did some research into the history and cultural context of the matryoshka dolls that were to be her thematic focus.

SAT – Criterion 1

Exploration of personal ideas through a conceptual and practical investigation in art making

Gemma began her folio by completing a concept map of thoughts and ideas to draw upon over the year. This related to themes that involved the ordinary, everyday, mundane aspects of individual lives. Gemma collected images that referred to these ideas and concepts, and researched artists such as Chris Ware and Quentin Blake, whose work was relevant to her own. She prepared beautiful, sensitive small drawings to explore her ideas and annotated these with reflections using the language of the Analytical Frameworks. At the start of Unit 4, Gemma completed another concept map, which extended her thinking, and did some research into the history and cultural context of the matryoshka dolls that were to be her thematic focus.

SAT – Criterion 2

The progressive development and refinement of ideas and concepts demonstrated in the body of work

Gemma investigated solutions to demonstrate different interpretations of her ideas through a series of drawings that offered ‘glimpses’ into the ordinary lives she had identified in her initial explorations. She documented in written and visual form the development of her ideas and skills, as she progressively consolidated her materials, techniques and formal elements. Gemma refined her final pieces through a comprehensive planning process. She provided evidence of this through the storyboarding of her concertina book and by considering a range of design options for her group of matryoshka dolls. Gemma carefully reworked her ideas and designs to achieve great conceptual depth and sophistication.

SAT – Criterion 2

The progressive development and refinement of ideas and concepts demonstrated in the body of work

Gemma investigated solutions to demonstrate different interpretations of her ideas through a series of drawings that offered ‘glimpses’ into the ordinary lives she had identified in her initial explorations. She documented in written and visual form the development of her ideas and skills, as she progressively consolidated her materials, techniques and formal elements. Gemma refined her final pieces through a comprehensive planning process. She provided evidence of this through the storyboarding of her concertina book and by considering a range of design options for her group of matryoshka dolls. Gemma carefully reworked her ideas and designs to achieve great conceptual depth and sophistication.

SAT – Criterion 2

The progressive development and refinement of ideas and concepts demonstrated in the body of work

Gemma investigated solutions to demonstrate different interpretations of her ideas through a series of drawings that offered ‘glimpses’ into the ordinary lives she had identified in her initial explorations. She documented in written and visual form the development of her ideas and skills, as she progressively consolidated her materials, techniques and formal elements. Gemma refined her final pieces through a comprehensive planning process. She provided evidence of this through the storyboarding of her concertina book and by considering a range of design options for her group of matryoshka dolls. Gemma carefully reworked her ideas and designs to achieve great conceptual depth and sophistication.

SAT – Criterion 2

The progressive development and refinement of ideas and concepts demonstrated in the body of work

Gemma investigated solutions to demonstrate different interpretations of her ideas through a series of drawings that offered ‘glimpses’ into the ordinary lives she had identified in her initial explorations. She documented in written and visual form the development of her ideas and skills, as she progressively consolidated her materials, techniques and formal elements. Gemma refined her final pieces through a comprehensive planning process. She provided evidence of this through the storyboarding of her concertina book and by considering a range of design options for her group of matryoshka dolls. Gemma carefully reworked her ideas and designs to achieve great conceptual depth and sophistication.

SAT – Criterion 2

The progressive development and refinement of ideas and concepts demonstrated in the body of work

Gemma investigated solutions to demonstrate different interpretations of her ideas through a series of drawings that offered ‘glimpses’ into the ordinary lives she had identified in her initial explorations. She documented in written and visual form the development of her ideas and skills, as she progressively consolidated her materials, techniques and formal elements. Gemma refined her final pieces through a comprehensive planning process. She provided evidence of this through the storyboarding of her concertina book and by considering a range of design options for her group of matryoshka dolls. Gemma carefully reworked her ideas and designs to achieve great conceptual depth and sophistication.

SAT – Criterion 2

The progressive development and refinement of ideas and concepts demonstrated in the body of work

Gemma investigated solutions to demonstrate different interpretations of her ideas through a series of drawings that offered ‘glimpses’ into the ordinary lives she had identified in her initial explorations. She documented in written and visual form the development of her ideas and skills, as she progressively consolidated her materials, techniques and formal elements. Gemma refined her final pieces through a comprehensive planning process. She provided evidence of this through the storyboarding of her concertina book and by considering a range of design options for her group of matryoshka dolls. Gemma carefully reworked her ideas and designs to achieve great conceptual depth and sophistication.

SAT – Criterion 2

The progressive development and refinement of ideas and concepts demonstrated in the body of work

Gemma investigated solutions to demonstrate different interpretations of her ideas through a series of drawings that offered ‘glimpses’ into the ordinary lives she had identified in her initial explorations. She documented in written and visual form the development of her ideas and skills, as she progressively consolidated her materials, techniques and formal elements. Gemma refined her final pieces through a comprehensive planning process. She provided evidence of this through the storyboarding of her concertina book and by considering a range of design options for her group of matryoshka dolls. Gemma carefully reworked her ideas and designs to achieve great conceptual depth and sophistication.

SAT – Criterion 2

The progressive development and refinement of ideas and concepts demonstrated in the body of work

Gemma investigated solutions to demonstrate different interpretations of her ideas through a series of drawings that offered ‘glimpses’ into the ordinary lives she had identified in her initial explorations. She documented in written and visual form the development of her ideas and skills, as she progressively consolidated her materials, techniques and formal elements. Gemma refined her final pieces through a comprehensive planning process. She provided evidence of this through the storyboarding of her concertina book and by considering a range of design options for her group of matryoshka dolls. Gemma carefully reworked her ideas and designs to achieve great conceptual depth and sophistication.

SAT – Criterion 3

Exploration, investigation and experimentation of materials, techniques, processes and art forms and in the development of related technical skills

Gemma experimented with, explored and applied a range of materials, techniques and processes relevant to her personal ideas, including the use of graphite, charcoal, ink and copic markers. She used different methods of applying media to explore ways to improve its effectiveness and developed a very high level of technical skill throughout the body of work. Gemma documented in written and visual form the application of materials and techniques, providing insightful evidence of her knowledge and of the step-by-step process of completing her final artworks. She also investigated how other artists applied materials and used processes relevant to her own intentions.

SAT – Criterion 3

Exploration, investigation and experimentation of materials, techniques, processes and art forms and in the development of related technical skills

Gemma experimented with, explored and applied a range of materials, techniques and processes relevant to her personal ideas, including the use of graphite, charcoal, ink and copic markers. She used different methods of applying media to explore ways to improve its effectiveness and developed a very high level of technical skill throughout the body of work. Gemma documented in written and visual form the application of materials and techniques, providing insightful evidence of her knowledge and of the step-by-step process of completing her final artworks. She also investigated how other artists applied materials and used processes relevant to her own intentions.

SAT – Criterion 3

Exploration, investigation and experimentation of materials, techniques, processes and art forms and in the development of related technical skills

Gemma experimented with, explored and applied a range of materials, techniques and processes relevant to her personal ideas, including the use of graphite, charcoal, ink and copic markers. She used different methods of applying media to explore ways to improve its effectiveness and developed a very high level of technical skill throughout the body of work. Gemma documented in written and visual form the application of materials and techniques, providing insightful evidence of her knowledge and of the step-by-step process of completing her final artworks. She also investigated how other artists applied materials and used processes relevant to her own intentions.

SAT – Criterion 4

Understanding, application and manipulation of visual language and formal qualities in artmaking

Gemma selected visual responses to best express her ideas, through a continuity of artistic style and through the sensitive use of colour, line, space and other elements and principles of art. She considered the effect of formal elements in her creative responses and developed a highly effective personal visual language. Through her drawings and designs, Gemma investigated a wide range of variations of her themes. She also produced two small, intimate books of highly personal drawings, demonstrating her creative decision-making processes.

SAT – Criterion 4

Understanding, application and manipulation of visual language and formal qualities in artmaking

Gemma selected visual responses to best express her ideas, through a continuity of artistic style and through the sensitive use of colour, line, space and other elements and principles of art. She considered the effect of formal elements in her creative responses and developed a highly effective personal visual language. Through her drawings and designs, Gemma investigated a wide range of variations of her themes. She also produced two small, intimate books of highly personal drawings, demonstrating her creative decision-making processes.

SAT – Criterion 4

Understanding, application and manipulation of visual language and formal qualities in artmaking

Gemma selected visual responses to best express her ideas, through a continuity of artistic style and through the sensitive use of colour, line, space and other elements and principles of art. She considered the effect of formal elements in her creative responses and developed a highly effective personal visual language. Through her drawings and designs, Gemma investigated a wide range of variations of her themes. She also produced two small, intimate books of highly personal drawings, demonstrating her creative decision-making processes.

SAT – Criterion 4

Understanding, application and manipulation of visual language and formal qualities in artmaking

Gemma selected visual responses to best express her ideas, through a continuity of artistic style and through the sensitive use of colour, line, space and other elements and principles of art. She considered the effect of formal elements in her creative responses and developed a highly effective personal visual language. Through her drawings and designs, Gemma investigated a wide range of variations of her themes. She also produced two small, intimate books of highly personal drawings, demonstrating her creative decision-making processes.

SAT – Criterion 4

Understanding, application and manipulation of visual language and formal qualities in artmaking

Gemma selected visual responses to best express her ideas, through a continuity of artistic style and through the sensitive use of colour, line, space and other elements and principles of art. She considered the effect of formal elements in her creative responses and developed a highly effective personal visual language. Through her drawings and designs, Gemma investigated a wide range of variations of her themes. She also produced two small, intimate books of highly personal drawings, demonstrating her creative decision-making processes.

SAT – Criterion 4

Understanding, application and manipulation of visual language and formal qualities in artmaking

Gemma selected visual responses to best express her ideas, through a continuity of artistic style and through the sensitive use of colour, line, space and other elements and principles of art. She considered the effect of formal elements in her creative responses and developed a highly effective personal visual language. Through her drawings and designs, Gemma investigated a wide range of variations of her themes. She also produced two small, intimate books of highly personal drawings, demonstrating her creative decision-making processes.

SAT – Criterion 4

Understanding, application and manipulation of visual language and formal qualities in artmaking

Gemma selected visual responses to best express her ideas, through a continuity of artistic style and through the sensitive use of colour, line, space and other elements and principles of art. She considered the effect of formal elements in her creative responses and developed a highly effective personal visual language. Through her drawings and designs, Gemma investigated a wide range of variations of her themes. She also produced two small, intimate books of highly personal drawings, demonstrating her creative decision-making processes.

SAT – Criterion 5

Reflective annotation and documentation of working practices that use art language and selected Analytical Frameworks

Gemma created a colour coded key at the start of her folio, which identified the Analytical Frameworks. Throughout the entire body of work, she thoroughly and consistently provided evidence of having selected and utilised the Analytical Frameworks most relevant to reflecting upon her thinking and working practices. Gemma\u2019s annotations described her work, analysed the effects of her choices of visual language and materials, and evaluated the successes and challenges as she progressed and resolved her final pieces.

SAT – Criterion 6

Resolution of ideas, directions and/or personal concepts in a body of work that includes at least two finished artworks

Gemma showed evidence of very imaginative resolution of thinking and working practices in the presentation of her finished artworks, which demonstrate a high level of visual language and technical skills. Her body of work presents a connected relationship between investigation and finished artworks and well-articulated reflection on the progressive development and refinement of personal ideas, concepts and directions, from the initial exploratory work through to their resolution. Gemma’s Unit 3 piece is a sophisticated and sensitive concertina book consisting of beautifully drawn images investigating ‘the ordinary’. Her Unit 4 piece, a series of matryoshka dolls, draws upon a range of cultural references. Gemma reflected upon her entire body of work, including the finished pieces, through insightful critical evaluations that used the language of the Analytical Frameworks.

SAT – Criterion 6

Resolution of ideas, directions and/or personal concepts in a body of work that includes at least two finished artworks

Gemma showed evidence of very imaginative resolution of thinking and working practices in the presentation of her finished artworks, which demonstrate a high level of visual language and technical skills. Her body of work presents a connected relationship between investigation and finished artworks and well-articulated reflection on the progressive development and refinement of personal ideas, concepts and directions, from the initial exploratory work through to their resolution. Gemma’s Unit 3 piece is a sophisticated and sensitive concertina book consisting of beautifully drawn images investigating ‘the ordinary’. Her Unit 4 piece, a series of matryoshka dolls, draws upon a range of cultural references. Gemma reflected upon her entire body of work, including the finished pieces, through insightful critical evaluations that used the language of the Analytical Frameworks.

SAT – Criterion 6

Resolution of ideas, directions and/or personal concepts in a body of work that includes at least two finished artworks

Gemma showed evidence of very imaginative resolution of thinking and working practices in the presentation of her finished artworks, which demonstrate a high level of visual language and technical skills. Her body of work presents a connected relationship between investigation and finished artworks and well-articulated reflection on the progressive development and refinement of personal ideas, concepts and directions, from the initial exploratory work through to their resolution. Gemma’s Unit 3 piece is a sophisticated and sensitive concertina book consisting of beautifully drawn images investigating ‘the ordinary’. Her Unit 4 piece, a series of matryoshka dolls, draws upon a range of cultural references. Gemma reflected upon her entire body of work, including the finished pieces, through insightful critical evaluations that used the language of the Analytical Frameworks.

SAT – Criterion 6

Resolution of ideas, directions and/or personal concepts in a body of work that includes at least two finished artworks

Gemma showed evidence of very imaginative resolution of thinking and working practices in the presentation of her finished artworks, which demonstrate a high level of visual language and technical skills. Her body of work presents a connected relationship between investigation and finished artworks and well-articulated reflection on the progressive development and refinement of personal ideas, concepts and directions, from the initial exploratory work through to their resolution. Gemma’s Unit 3 piece is a sophisticated and sensitive concertina book consisting of beautifully drawn images investigating ‘the ordinary’. Her Unit 4 piece, a series of matryoshka dolls, draws upon a range of cultural references. Gemma reflected upon her entire body of work, including the finished pieces, through insightful critical evaluations that used the language of the Analytical Frameworks.