Igcse Art Evaluation Essay

Evaluating your work

An evaluation is a piece of writing where you look at your project as a whole and discuss its successes and weaknesses. This can help others understand what you were trying to achieve. You need to be honest and use appropriate art language. Evaluating your work is really important for getting marks in Assessment Objective 4.

Evaluating your preparatory work

When you're evaluating your preparatory work, you should consider:

  • What was the theme for the project?
  • How have you developed your ideas? How did your work change through the project?
  • How much reference material did you find? Do you think you should have done more or less?
  • What artists, art movements or cultures have you looked at to help and inspire you?
  • What materials, tools and techniques did these artists use?
  • How have your skills developed during the project?
  • Are there any aspects of your studies that you wish you had explored further?

Evaluating your final piece

You also need to evaluate your final piece. You should reference relevant work from your preparatory studies.

  • How have you used formal elements such as line, tone, colour and shape?
  • What materials did you use, and why? Did they work successfully?
  • What meaning and messages did you want to convey and were you successful?
  • Are you happy with your final piece? Are there any elements you like in particular?
  • Is there anything you would change? Why?

When you're evaluating your work, don't forget to say why and how you worked in a certain way.

Back to Quick reference index

Art and Design Exemplar Material. GCSE. 2016.

Sophie Hallsworth Grade A*. 100%.
Thomas Langton Grade A*. 100%.
Brooke Savino Grade A*. 100%.
Zoe Davies Grade A*.
Jessica Henderson Grade A*.
Amy Blencoe Grade A.
Alina Puleston Grade A.
Yasmin Osei Grade A.
Jasmine Clancy Grade B.

Art and Design Exemplar Material. GCSE. 2015.

These are examples of work from 62 students entered for an examination in GCSE (Fine Art) in 2015 at William de Ferrers School.

Taken as a whole, this is representative of what students can achieve and gives a good view of the range of ideas they have in response to an examination papers' theme. It also shows the standard required to achieve a certain grade.

Mack Foley Grade A*. 100%.
Ruth Briggs Grade A*. 100%.
Joseph Boyden Grade A*.
Daniel King Grade A*.
Penelope Sucharitkul Grade A*.
Daniel Birch Grade A*.
Jennifer Jones Grade A.
Alexandra Duffy Grade A.
Freya Brown Grade A.
Ellouise Dunsdon Grade A.
Jade White Grade A.
Abigail Pearce Grade A.
Thomas Wood Grade A.
Jemanni Reading Grade A.
Jamie Sippitt Grade B.
Charlie Punshon Grade B.

Art and Design Exemplar Material. GCSE. 2014.

Esme Clarke Grade A*. 100%.
Christina Gibson Grade A*. 100%.
Courtney Law Grade A.
Laura Davies Grade B.

Art and Design Exemplar Material. GCSE. 2013.

Shannen Harris Grade A*. 100%.
Torben MacRae Grade A*. 100%.

Art and Design Exemplar Material. GCSE. 2011.

Eleanor Harris Grade A*. 100%.
Larise Jermy Grade A*.
Emily Shorter Grade A*.
Timothy Adeyeloja Grade A*.
Ellie Walker Grade A*.
Matthew Chester Grade A*.
Robin Saunders Grade A*.
Joshua Kemp Grade A*.
Shae Muckle Grade A*.
Daniel Fairchild Grade A.
Abbie Cottrell Grade B.
Ross Warrington Grade C.









Art and Design Exemplar Material. GCSE. 2010.

Emma Barwell Grade A*. 100%.
Laura White Grade A*. 100%.
Olivia Lynch Grade A*.

Art and Design Exemplar Material. GCSE. 2009.

Rebecca Brown Grade A*. 100%.
Olivia Rosenthall Grade A*. 100%.
Sarah Roberts Grade A*. 100%.
Amanda Sibley Grade A*. 100%.
Rachel Briggs Grade A*. 100%.
Eve Catling Grade A*. 100%.
Megan Hall Grade A*. 98%.
Portia Hutchings Grade A*. 97%.

Art and Design Exemplar Material. GCSE. 2008.

Amber West Grade A*. 100%.
Thomas Cornell Grade A*. 100%.
Steven Hart Grade A*. 100%.
India-Emma Cooper Grade A*. 100%.

Art and Design Exemplar Material. GCSE. 2005.

Lucia Jaconelli Grade A*. 100%.
Robyn Blayney Grade A*. 100%.

Art and Design Exemplar Material. GCSE. 2004.

These are examples of work from 59 students entered for an examination in GCSE (Fine Art) in 2004 at William de Ferrers School.

Taken as a whole, this is representative of what students can achieve and gives a good view of the range of ideas they have in response to an examination papers' theme. It also shows the standard required to achieve a certain grade.

Grade A*: ≥ 97%.

Sarah Davis(sketchbook) - 100%.
Meryl Stewart(sketchbook) - 100%.
Jacqueline McRae(sketchbook) - 100%.
Louise Kent(sketchbook) - 100%.
Hannah Patrick(sketchbook) - 100%.
Alice White(sketchbook) - 100%.
Katie Mack(sketchbook) - 97%.

Grade A: ≥ 82% and ≤ 96%.

Megan Jones(sketchbook) - 96%.
Lorna Boorman(sketchbook) - 91%.
Ashley Dixon(sketchbook) - 90%.
Lauren Kellard(sketchbook) - 90%.
Claire Carscadden(sketchbook) - 84%.
Samantha Kent(sketchbook) - 84%.

Grade B: ≥ 67% and ≤ 81%.

Arif Khan - 80%.
Hayley Halpin(sketchbook) - 76%.
Vicky Prickett(sketchbook) - 67%.

Grade C: ≥ 52% and ≤ 66%.

Nicola Rickwood - 64%.

Grade D: ≥ 41% and ≤ 51%.

Stephen Whittle - 48%.

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