Thursday, 30 November 2017

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas and New Year from ASFC Art department.

Here is a Photograph of our Christmas tree using Long exposure Photography, a 4"exposure time, taken in one continuous shot with 5 people.
We hope you like it?

3 weeks until end of term and final pieces.
Have fun, we definitely did creating this.

Monday, 9 October 2017

A/S OREO Analysis.
Today's lesson we are looking more closely at annotation using OREO analysis. Once you have printed your own OREO sheet as below, use this to annotate 2 Liz Atkin scanography pieces.
Don't forget to research the narrative and context within her portrait scanography.

(Find this sheet under the link on resources at the top of the page.)

Friday, 8 September 2017

A2 Start as you mean to go on!....Honk

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Well done to you all for your fantastic results...100% pass rate and several of you with full marks at AS.
You should be completing your summer work this week and ensuring you have taken your first 2 sets for 2 weeks time.
If you sun finally comes out, we will be well on our way to complete some cyanotypes.

 You will always be one of my flock, honk if you need help!
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            The flight of the Goose-Stand by each other.

When you see geese flying along in "V" formation, you might consider what
science has discovered as to why they fly that way. As each bird flaps its
wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in "V"
formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range
than if each bird flew on its own. People who share a common direction and
sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily
because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and
resistance of trying to go it alone — and quickly gets back into formation to
take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front. If we have as much
sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those people who are headed
the same way we are.
When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another
goose flies point. It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs, whether
with people or with geese flying south. Geese honk from behind to encourage
those up front to keep up their speed.
What messages do we give when we honk from behind? Finally — and this is
important — when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out
of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to
lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly
or until it dies, and only then do they launch out on their own, or with
another formation to catch up with their group.

If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other, share skills and get those A*-A's you can all achieve.

Have a good weekend my feathered friends!!!!

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Hello new students.

I hope you have all had a fantastic summer after your GCSE's and AS levels and are ready and raring to go.
 I am looking forward to seeing  AS Photography students today after your enrollment and Welcome day and A2 tomorrow.
You might feel daunted at the prospect of new starts, new friends and new achievements but this will be the best 2 years of your life so embrace it!

'Whatever makes you uncomfortable is your biggest opportunity for growth'- Bryant McGill.

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017


Hi guys,

    I hope that your study leave and exams have gone well and you have made the most of the sun, whilst it was out.
I expect you are all ready and rearing to go for your return to lessons beginning next Monday 12th June.Image result for photographers taking pictures

Don't forget you had a Photography task to do for your first lesson back next week, as follows.....

1 art subject-Present a mood board with 10 photographers you like with an example of their work and Name.

2 art subjects-Research your favourite photographer with 2 in detail and compare/contrast.

Tri-art students-Visit and record  primary research from an art gallery exhibition which is current and inspires you.

Have fun and see you next week.
Any questions, e-mail me on

Wednesday, 26 April 2017


A2 Art exam documentation needs filling prior to the exam and mounting in your sketchbook.
Please use the following links for the electronic copies.



Thursday, 20 April 2017

AS and A2 Statement of intent .

Please find attached the AS and A2 electronic versions of the statement of intend sheets.
These need filling and signing before deadlines.
Please follow the link below for the relevant sheets.

AS Statement of Intent

A2 Statement of Intent for exam brief here.
Image result for alarm clockTime is running out...........Keep going the end is in sight........

AS Deadline for final piece prints to mount is 24/4/2017 and sketchbook deadline is 27/4/2017.

A2 Deadline for sketchbook is the start of your exam, you can not start it without handing in your sketchbook.

Exam Cohort lists are in the Photography room next to the printer.
Exams start promptly at 8.50am and finish at 3.30pm with an hour for lunch.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Reflect, Direct, Refine.

Reflect, direct, Refine-Next steps.

Find the next steps sheet to reflect, direct and refine-follow link.
Reflect, Direct, Refine template.

Complete this instead of an evaluation for your mock set.
You will then need to complete the following planning page for final piece.
REMEMBER the more you develop and progress, the more marks your will achieve,
Think of it in terms of sandwiches.....

The more variety of fillings in your sandwich, the more marks you will get.

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Happy snacking! 
EASTER HOMEWORK-AS need to complete the planning page for final piece and ensure that Final piece photographs have been taken for your exam the first lesson back after half term.

(This is an electronic copy, if you'd prefer to hand write this, use the sections for reference).

Have a great holiday.
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Friday, 24 March 2017

Final piece prep is well under way.

So, with deadline looming there is lots of amazing practice pieces being created......

Some A2 spherical panoramas of monochrome architecture.

Some great sketch book pages by Izzie Ball looking at objects to show evidence of human presence and the significance of sentimental items collected.

Ever walked past a lamp post and noticed the mini pieces of art on them? Remi Ballagher AS has been looking at our surrounding landscape to record Graffitti, abandoned buildings and modern day ghost signs.

Chloe Heeley A2 has been looking at object destruction for the exam question 'Challenging the Ordinary' moving into the sub-theme of  how human emotion causes destruction to things/people around them.

Beth Jones and Ruth Roberts have both been photography nature to create a range of floral tributes and surrealist pattern.
Keep up the great work guys-deadline is getting close.

Check out more examples of what we have been up to this week on the Instagram account, asfcphotography.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Looking forward to today's taster session for photography.
Cameras are primed and ready!

Friday, 3 March 2017



[Photography] "is full of Wonder, mystery and Danger!
Some say to survive, you have to be as mad as a hatter.
-Alice In Wonderland.

Happy world book day from the art department, add some wonder to your life with a good book!
We recommend Alice in Wonderland as a good starting point.

Can you include text in your photography?
This could be multiple exposure, overlays, manual manipulation sets, get at least one reference to text from a book.
Some excellent past students have work themes for A2 around literature such as The Bell jar by Sylvia Plath. Others have chosen Fairy tales and folk law, fables and religious texts as starting points.
Think about how literature inspires you and whether this could be incorporated in your own Photography work.


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Congratulations.....we have winners!

After some fantastic entries into the International opticians Association competition, Michelle Lyons took first prize with her logo. The use of colour and insertion of a globe of the world was used in an imaginative way to symbolise the company and a re-modernisation of their existing logo.

After a difficult decision choosing the winner, The International Opticians society decided to award a runner up prize to Amy Winson for her simple yet effective logo, which they said was displayed in a professional format showing how it would look as a letter head and on business cards.

Both students are A2 Graphics students at Ashton Sixth Form College and will be studying Graphics at University after receiving offers at their first choice Universities.

Elaine Grisdale presented them with a monetary award and a logo design book to help further their studies. We are proud of their hard work and effort, getting the recognition for this in a live brief from the Organisation.
The college also has a copy of the logo book to help other students interested in logo design, this can be found in the Graphics library if anyone fancies a sneak peak.

Congratulations.......some fantastic work.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

international opticians logo.

Anymore logos for the International opticians logo competition?
It's not to late, forward these to me before mid-day tomorrow and I will submit along with the others.
Good luck!