Year 12s, my recommendation for the coming holidays is that you start collecting research, facts and references regarding two or three media you intend to experiment with or write about in your visual diary or the end of year exam.
This should include;
Materials: detailed lists for specific media; materials, tools and equipment associated with the art form. (Painting, Drawing, printmaking, ceramics, etc…) Don’t just list the basics, start to get into some interesting details such as the following for sable watercolour paint brushes.
“The hair is obtained from the tail of the kolinsky (Mustela sibirica), a species of weasel rather than an actual sable. The “finest” brushes are made from the male hair only, but most brushes have a mix of about 60/40 male-to-female hair. Kolinsky bristles tend to be pale red in colour with darker tips.” https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kolinsky_sable-hair_brush
Techniques: research of a variety of techniques with which the materials can be used/manipulated. Make sure you are both detailed and accurate in the terms and expressions used to explain these and where possible include images to illustrate them. Both text and images for each of these sections should be appropriately referenced.
Processes: It is important to note the different stages of applying techniques to create an artwork. This goes beyond designing your composition and on to the actual production of the piece. Your experimentation should ‘prove’ the best way to go through the selected process, hopefully leaving nothing to chance for the final piece. Small modifications may happen but you want to avoid problems by testing first.
Many years ago a student completed a fantastic work with acrylic paint and marker on a recycled timber card table. At the last minute she chose to apply resin to the surface. Unfortunately the marker reacted to the resin, causing black ink seeping over the design and detracting from the precise images she had created. (A fly got stuck in the resin too!)
Artists’ Practices – find examples of different art works produced in the chosen media, appreciating the combination of materials, techniques and processes used by artists. This can help you determine the potential effects and finishes that could be developed in your own work. These artists may become worthy of writing about in the end of year exam. I recommend you look at artists who work with traditional and contemporary approaches and from different times and cultures.