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Annotating Your GCSE Art

Updated on February 17, 2016

Not sure what to put in your annotation?

Below, you will find plenty of things to include in your annotation, as well as tips to make sure that it is just right for you.

Drawing Pencils

Staedtler Tradition Sketching Pencil Set
Staedtler Tradition Sketching Pencil Set

The pencils I use. I find them great quality, yet not expensive.


What are your own responses?

Forget what everybody else has to say about your piece of work. Are you happy with it? What is your opinion? What do you like about it? What don't you like?

Why have you done this?

What were your ideas and your starting points? What is your personal relevance, and your own connections to the subjects?

How does it link to your artists?

What artists does the art work link to? Think about the techniques, use of media, and the mood and atmosphere used and shown. Did it influence your work? Do research to make you sound smarter, but don't go ahead and make it boring.

Get credit for your work

Took your own photo? Say so! Went to a museum to get your own photos? Say so! Drew your own photo? Let the examiner know!

Also, say if you used any other sources- Websites? Books?

Why might your work reinforce a message?

Have you used bright colours to show a happy mood? Have you filled up all of the space on the page to reinforce peer pressure?

Do the devices you used draw attention? Balance things?

TIPS (These are helpful!)

  • Use good grammar.
  • Using notes instead of paragraphs is fine- just keep your grammar as good as it can be.
  • Add your annotation once you've put the art work on the page- that way you can work around it.

Need a sketchbook? Pink pig! I currently have one for my current project. They come in all different colours and sizes, and it is good quality and not too price


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