Organising Projects
Artists are unlikely to talk about UFOs when reflecting on a completed project!

Organising Projects

This quiz addresses the requirements of the National Curriculum KS3 in Art and Design for children aged 11 to 14 in years 7 to 9. Specifically this quiz is aimed at the section dealing with using a range of techniques to record observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring ideas, and it focusses in particular on organising creative projects.

Organising your projects and seeing the design process through from early stages to completion is a key part of becoming a proficient artist. Exploring your ideas before deciding on an initial concept, plotting out the design stages, working on experiments in media, learning from mistakes and becoming adept at self-critiquing all form part of a creative process which even professional artists use.

Organising a large art project is a little like planning a journey: you need to decide where are you going, how you are going to get there and what you will need along the way to make your journey a comfortable, satisfying, successful and safe one. Having a strong idea about where the project should end up, and yet being flexible enough to cope with changes and unexpected outcomes along the way, makes the entire creative journey far more enjoyable.

Exploring ideas is one of the most enjoyable parts of art. KS3 students should already be familiar with the correct way to use a sketchbook. They should also be comfortable when experimenting with combinations of media, as well as critically evaluating both their own work and that of others. All of these elements are crucial when considering the success of a new creative project.

Most artists need something to set them going on a new project. What is it?
This might come from a sketch, a colour or just something they thought of!
Once an artist has decided on what they would like the project's outcome to be, they might do what?
Post a letter to their art college
Collect ephemera associated with the original inspiration
Go on holiday for a while
Put it all to one side and start something new
Artists often collect lots of things to help them clarify ideas about their projects
What are 'initial sketches'?
The first letters of the artist's names
The last things the artist does when the project is complete
The process of clearing the workspace and tidying up
The first rough drawings to help formulate ideas
There may only be one or two sketches to begin with, although many artists produce a great deal more
Which of these is another key stage in the creative process of a project?
All artists experiment with combinations of media in order to find those they wish to use in their project
If the project concerned three-dimensional art, what might you expect to see in the artist's sketch book?
Absent-minded doodles
Lots of writing about the artist's experiences
Idea for the finished artwork from different points of view or perspectives
Letters cut from newspapers
A three-dimensional object might be sketched from lots of different angles to give a better idea of the finished article
If the project is a commission, what would the artist perhaps have to work to?
A particular music track
A certain time of day
A coloured light filter
A deadline
Most commissions have a time frame by which time the artwork will be expected to be complete
Which of the following could affect the success of a project?
A realistic time frame for completion
An unexpected outcome as the project progresses
A complete set of materials
A good set of initial sketches
The better-prepared an artist is, the less likely this is to happen, which is why most artists spend as long on the initial stages of a project as they do on the project itself
Which of these qualities help an artist to succeed?
Creativity, vision and flexibility
Stubbornness, inflexibility and limits
Low expectations, poor skills and being uncompromising
Narrow-mindedness, conventionality and rigidity
Artists must be adaptable when things go wrong, have creative flair and a clear vision of what they want to achieve in their art
What is an artist unlikely to do if they reach a 'sticking point' in their project?
Ask a colleague or fellow artist for their perspective
Put everything away and try a different career
Make new sketches using a different medium
Try to move the project in a completely different direction
There are many ways forward when a project appears to stall - good artists will try them all before claiming the project has failed
When reflecting on a completed project, what might an artist talk about?
Politics, tinned food and gas bills
Pet ownership, UFO sightings and parking permits
Newspapers, cocktail sticks and scooters
Inspirations, thought-processes and creative development
Most artists are adept at learning from the entire creative process during a project and may use parts of it to inform future work
Author:  Angela Smith

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