Now you have all the tools you need to be able to make great compositions. This video gives you some ideas as to how you can get started on bringing all you have learned about the elements and principles together in your designs.

The next activity is the first of two major assignments for your assessment. Take your time. Have fun experimenting. You don't have to limit your choice of media/ materials or techniques to the suggestions given.

Your work will be assessed on:

  • performance of techniques/methods/skills
  • practical application of knowledge and understanding
  • depth of knowledge
  • depth of understanding

Activity: Assignment 1 - Make 6 samples

you will need

  • A wide range of media and materials relevant to your chosen craft.

  • Tools and equipment used in your chosen craft

what to do

Produce a minimum of 6 thumbnail visuals/design ideas. Use these design ideas to make maquettes and/or samples by experimenting with a range of materials and techniques using traditional and non traditions tools and equipment. You should include:

  • a range of tools and equipment relevant to your chosen craft. For example, measuring tools; cutting tools; brushes; mark making tools; easels; drawing boards; cameras; computers; printers; studio equipment for glass, ceramics, woodwork, bookbinding, calligraphy, basketry or jewellery.
  • at least 4 different materials. For example, paper; card; drawing materials; colouring materials; adhesives; glass; clay; glazes; wood; cane; rush; leather; willow; metal; stone; yarn & threads etc..
  • any relevant calculations for the quantity of materials used.
  • preparation of materials for sampling. For example mixing colours, glazes, inks or dyes; cutting; surface preparation.
  • use of a wide range of techniques. For example, drawing, application of colour, mark making, cutting, shaping, patterning, image manipulation, application of decorative techniques
  • exploration of the potential of materials and processes where there is no known outcome. For example 'What happens if... I try this... (media/technique) on this.... (material/surface)?????
  • supporting evidence which includes:-
  • How the materials, tools and equipment were used.
  • The health and safety considerations that were taken into account.
  • A brief evaluation of the techniques and sampling to include strengths and weaknesses of the process and results and lessons learned from the experimentation.

Take photographs of your work as you go along.

Add evidence of your sampling and the results to your portfolio.