Claudia Carless (Art A Level)

Case Study

By studying Fine Art at A-Level, I have gained a further understanding of creative design and an awareness of the use of light, colour, shade, and texture. In addition to this, studying Graphic Design alongside Fine Art taught me how to use a range of computer programmes such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Studying Fine Art enabled me to experiment using a variety of different mediums and styles within my work, including pointillism, collaging, linocuts, and printing. For my final project, I gained inspiration from the works of Pablo Jurado Ruiz and Debbie Smyth and created two triptychs – one being drawings of my younger sister in pointillism, and the second, three street scenes from Bordeaux, using the same pin and thread technique as Debbie Smyth but on a much smaller scale. 

I have really enjoyed studying Fine Art and found my teachers to be very passionate about the subject helping each of us to explore different ways to create our art that we may not have thought of otherwise.  
More recently, I have been commissioned to paint a seascape picture which has been challenging as it’s out of my comfort zone and on a larger scale than usual but I have embraced the challenge and learnt new skills and techniques helping me to grow in confidence.  Coupling my creative A Levels to Geography has given me an understanding of people’s sense of place and how the environment affects user’s experience and connectivity. As a result of my A-Levels, I’ve been offered an unconditional offer to study Illustration at Falmouth University in September. 

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