Visual Arts - annotated exemplars level 1 90914

Use drawing methods and skills for recording information using wet and dry media (1.2)

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Low Excellence

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Student 1 (PDF, 7.1MB)

For Excellence, students need to use drawing methods and skills with facility to record information using wet and dry media.Facility refers to the easy and ready control with which skills are applied.

This student demonstrates sufficient facility with both wet and dry media for recording purposes. The wet media drawings demonstrate mastery of wet specific techniques such as gestural blending (1) and dry brushing (2). Facility with dry media is shown with the pencil blending that differentiates between smooth (3) and textured (4) surfaces.

The recording accuracy, particularly in the fantail and flax pods (5), clearly shows working at Excellence level in relation to the curriculum level expectations of the standard. The two landscape paintings present an easy and ready control with acrylic paint, where atmospheric and textural effects are created with refined and fluent application of media.

For a more secure Excellence, the student would need to demonstrate consistent fluency with both wet and dry media for recording purposes in all drawings. For example the gestural technique of the Jim Dine drawing (6) needs to show the structure and form of the object rather than exploring mark making as an end in itself.

The student would also need to show a more consistently high level of drawing accuracy. For example the white-on-black artefacts (7) would need to show greater refinement of form, proportion and detail. 

High Merit

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Student 2 (PDF, 6.4MB)

For Merit, students need to use drawing methods and skills with control to record information using wet and dry media. Control refers to the ability to use media according to an art-making intention.

This student demonstrates consistent control of recording accuracy in terms of perspective, spatial relationships, structural detail and surface texture. The fantail pencil drawing (1) demonstrates the recording facility with dry media required for Excellence.

The student demonstrates clear understanding of how the particular properties of dry media can be used according to an art making intention. For example in the cube, sphere and bottle drawing (2) pencil has been used to add fine white and black lines to clarify the outer contour of the objects. 

To reach Excellence the student would need to ensure that the majority of evidence demonstrates facility with media for recording purposes. Less complex subjects such as the circles (3), and lapses of observational acumen evident in the shell drawing (4), would need to be replaced with more facile drawings.

Alternatively, additional pages that show work at a higher level could be added. Holistic assessment of this standard means that, providing sufficient evidence is at the higher level, weaker outcomes can be overlooked.

The student also needs to ensure that consistent recording skills are demonstrated within as well as between works. For example, while the mountain tops of the final painting (5) show the facility needed for Excellence, the foreground would need to show more careful management of media.

Low Merit

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Student 3 (PDF, 5.4MB)

For Merit, students need to use drawing methods and skills with control to record information using wet and dry media. Control refers to the ability to use media according to an art-making intention.

This student shows sufficient control of wet and dry media to accurately record the appearance of objects. For example, the successful completion of complex and difficult subject matter such as the fantail (2) provides a convincing demonstration of the control for recording purposes needed for Merit.

The second ink drawing of pliers (1) appears to have enabled the student to improve upon the level of control demonstrated in the first attempt which is at the Achieved level. This variable level of control places the student at the beginning of the Merit grade range.

For a more secure Merit, the student would need to demonstrate sustained control of media for recording purposes between and within works. For example, the first painting (4) reveals inconsistent control of wet media. Additional stronger evidence would allow the student to include such weaker works without affecting the overall grade.

More consistent modelling of form would also place this student more securely in the Merit grade range. For example, the box in the third page (3) should clearly identify the light, middle and dark sides consistent with the light source used for the other objects.

High Achieved

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Student 4 (PDF, 6MB)

For Achieved, students need to use drawing methods and skills for recording information using wet and dry media.

This student demonstrates appropriate use of drawings skills to record information in the use of wet and dry media to modulate form, tone and texture. Some parts, such as the perspective in the paper pyramid (1), demonstrate the recording accuracy needed for Merit.

The control of dry media needed for Merit is established with the sphere drawings (2), where the volume of the object is communicated using a variety of textural approaches. The skills with wet media in the tree (4), spanners (3), and landscape (5) images are sufficient for Achieved at level six of the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC). 

The strength of the dry media outcomes places the overall judgement at the higher end of the Achieved grade range.

To reach Merit, the student would need to demonstrate the same level of media control shown in the dry media evidence for the wet media outcomes. For example, while the ink spanners (3) present interesting textural effects, for Merit these would need to contribute more explicitly to the recording requirement of the criteria.

The student would also need to include additional wet media evidence that demonstrates control of media and techniques, such as perspective and blending, for recording purposes.

Low Achieved

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Student 5 (PDF, 5.5MB)

For Achieved, students need to use drawing methods and skills for recording information using wet and dry media.

This student demonstrates sufficient recording skills with both wet and dry media to meet the level 6 expectations of the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC). The paper pyramid drawings (1) and Maori artefacts drawing (2) both present a reasonable level of accuracy in terms of perspective, shape and directional light.

The student has demonstrated an awareness of the unique properties of each media, such as changing the density of white crayon on black paper to create a range of tones (1). A variety of mark-making techniques in the ink drawings (3) shows a conscious attempt to utilise particular characteristics and constraints for an intended purpose. 

For a more secure Achieved, the student would need to demonstrate more consistent skills with both wet and dry media for recording purposes. In both the tools (3) and landscape (4) drawings, the focus is on using wet media to create textural effects, rather than recording the form or surface quality of the subject matter.

Greater attention to tonal modelling in the plant drawing (5), and accuracy of detail in the pliers drawing (6), would help to raise the overall level of drawing skills above the beginning of the Achieved grade range.

High Not Achieved

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Student 6 (PDF, 4.5MB)

For Achieved students need to use drawing methods and skills for recording information using wet and dry media.

This student demonstrates some ability to use wet and dry media to record information about objects. For example, the highlights on the geometric objects (1) begin to show volume and a directional light source. The ten works meet the quantitative expectations of the credit weighting and include the use of both wet and dry media.

The flax pod drawing (2) is clearly meeting the NZC level six expectations, in terms of recording the shape of the plant and rendering the volume and texture of each pod.

To reach Achieved, the student needs to show greater accuracy of recording in some areas, such as the shoe, patu, pliers and artefacts (3). More accurate recording of perspective, proportion and structural detail is needed.

The student would also need to apply appropriate media skills for recording purposes. For example, with wet media, blending should be used to show volume while textural effects could be used to emulate different surface qualities.

 
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