Students at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy showcased their stunning GCSE Art coursework at an exhibition.

Final piece coursework by Year 11 students was displayed for family members, students and staff to view in the King George Gallery at the academy.

The students used various media including fine art, textiles and fashion and Sarah Griffiths, Art teacher at the academy, said she was extremely proud of the students.

She said: “There were over 40 pieces produced in total and it was themed around producing a canvas project for a retail outlet. The work the students have produced is amazing, they’ve been very creative and their work has gone in different directions. We are really proud of all of the students, they’ve done really well. It was lovely to see our students’ families attending the exhibition and we would like to thank them for their support.”

Student Heather Eaton, 16, who is hoping to go on and study Fashion and Textiles at New College Nottingham, created a vintage dress using brown paper.

She said: “This coursework counts as 60 per cent towards our final grade. We could develop the theme into whatever we wanted and my theme was vintage. I’m really interested in fashion and I sew a lot. I took inspiration for the dress from 1950s Chanel dresses and I used brown paper just to get the colour how I wanted it. The paper really helped to create that vintage look. I was really happy with how it turned out as it was quite difficult.”

Nina McNelis, Art teacher at OIEA, said: “We encourage students to be independent in their decision making during their coursework project, whereby they are able to focus on their chosen theme. We encourage the students to work towards their strengths such as sculpture, fashion, drawing, graphic illustration. They are able to access a wide range of materials during the course in order to gain confidence and explore exciting creative techniques.

“The exhibition has also really inspired many other GCSE Art students in Year 9 and Year 10 who have viewed the artwork during lesson time. The Year 11 GCSE Art students are now working hard focussing on their exam unit of the course. We are really proud of their work ethic and creativity demonstrated.”


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