Visual Arts - annotated exemplars level 1 AS90917 (Resource B)

Produce a finished work that demonstrates skills appropriate to cultural conventions (1.5 - Murals)

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Low Excellence

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For Excellence the student needs to produce a finished work that demonstrates fluent control of skills appropriate to cultural conventions.

Fluency refers to the ability to comprehensively manage the production of work.

The student demonstrates fluent control of skills appropriate to the mural context, with a successful design that communicates the relationships between the traditional heritage of Dargaville and modern activities of the town. The modern road (1) morphs into a traditional koru (2), while the mosaic Taniwha (3) from the local town square echoes the digital printing and commercial reference of the EFTPOS receipt (4). This applies appropriate stylistic and narrative conventions of mural design.

Technical conventions appropriate to mural conventions are used. For example the use of texture for the koru (2) and flat colours with sharp edges for other areas (3).

The sustained research and development (5) has ensured that the narrative, pictorial and technical conventions used in the finished work are all well founded and resolved.

For a more secure Excellence the student would need to maintain a higher level of pictorial continuity throughout all parts of the finished work. For example the fiddly decorative elements above the tiki head (6) could be simplified to match the bold and elegant simplicity of the other areas.

High Merit

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For Merit the student needs to produce a finished work that demonstrates control of skills appropriate to cultural conventions.

Control refers to the ability to use media according to an art-making intention.

The student demonstrates control of technical and design skills appropriate to mural conventions. These include simplicity of design, bold use of strong colour and contrast, broad brushstrokes and continuity of stylistic quality and detail.

The work creates a strong visual resonance with the neighbouring panel (1) showing consideration of the collaborative conventions of a multi-part mural installation.

In terms of technical and pictorial conventions, the finished work is beginning to demonstrate the fluency needed for Excellence.

To reach Excellence the student would need to show greater consideration of the narrative aspects of the mural context. Within the context of a community mural brief, a clear narrative and/or specific cultural content is essential. For example the blue column (2) and sky pattern (3) need to be more clearly linked to the Dargaville context.

To move the mural from a generic decorative design to depict a specific location or narrative, the student would need to make more prominent use of recognisable local features. For example the clock tower identified in the research material (4) could be featured more prominently in the final design.

Low Merit

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For Merit the student needs to produce a finished work that demonstrates control of skills appropriate to cultural conventions.

Control refers to the ability to use media according to an art-making intention.

The student demonstrates control of skills appropriate to narrative conventions through the use of recognisable local imagery such as the lighthouse (1), map (2), and fishing floats (3). 

The student also demonstrates control of appropriate painting materials and techniques to create visual interest and differentiate the surface properties of objects. Control of pictorial skills are shown in the echoed visual relationship between clock face and buoy (4) and then again with the river and rope (5).

The technical and pictorial elements successfully contribute to the narrative intention of the mural. This means that the student manages design principles and media according to an art making intention, as required by Explanatory Note 2 for Merit.

For a more secure Merit, the student needs to adhere more closely to mural conventions rather than easel painting approaches. For the mural context, these particular conventions may include compositional and stylistic simplicity, and more explicit references to clearly recognisable local imagery.

High Achieved

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For Achieved the student needs to produce a finished work that demonstrates skills appropriate to cultural conventions.

Skills appropriate to cultural conventions include:

  • knowledge of processes and procedures specific to the cultural context
  • thinking through the use of materials and processes
  • planning and development of ideas that contribute to the final work
  • collaborative and/or other protocols appropriate to the cultural context.

The student demonstrates skills appropriate to the mural context in the stained glass grid (3), with the use of high impact decorative colour and bold design simplicity.

Control of materials and processes has been demonstrated through the use of a variety of paint application techniques to differentiate between areas. Stronger aspects demonstrate the painting skill levels required for Merit, such as the blue pattern blending (1), while other parts are operating within the Achieved grade range, such as the treble clef (2). 

To reach Merit the student would need to demonstrate more sustained and consistent control of technical, pictorial and narrative conventions.

To show control of narrative conventions, the message would need to be clearly communicated within the mural outcome itself. For example the Christian stained glass (3) and the Māori poupou (4) juxtaposition would need to clearly reference the specific Dargaville context.

Low Achieved

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For Achieved the student needs to produce a finished work that demonstrates skills appropriate to cultural conventions.

Skills appropriate to cultural conventions includes:

  • knowledge of processes and procedures specific to the cultural context
  • thinking through the use of materials and processes
  • planning and development of ideas that contribute to the final work
  • collaborative and/or other protocols appropriate to the cultural context.

The student demonstrates some technical and design skills in the use of bold colour, simplified composition, and broad brush strokes appropriate to the mural conventions. The finished work shows a degree of the stylistic unification needed for murals through the abstracted decorative elements and relatively consistent use of gestural marks.

The river (1) is a recognisable inclusion of a key geographic feature of the Dargaville location. The abstracted designs (2) are an attempt to combine the local visual features of stained glass windows and farm paddocks. This stylisation of local subject matter to generate a decorative solution isfitting to the cultural convention’of murals as defined by Explanatory Note 2.

For a more secure Achieved, the student would need to demonstrate more consistent technical and narrative skills. For example the church origin of the dark left hand area of the mural (3) could be made more explicit. 

Greater attention to the layering of paint surface and sharper edges, appropriate to the mural style, would also place the sample more securely within the Achieved grade range.

High Not Achieved

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For Achieved, the student needs to produce a finished work that demonstrates skills appropriate to cultural conventions.

Skills appropriate to cultural conventions includes:

  • knowledge of processes and procedures specific to the cultural context
  • thinking through the use of materials and processes
  • planning and development of ideas that contribute to the final work
  • collaborative and/or other protocols appropriate to the cultural context.

The student is beginning to demonstrate appropriate skills through the use of imagery found in the local area, such as road signs (1) and a local mountain (2).

The scale and placement of objects is beginning to acknowledge mural conventions in terms of size and simplicity.

To reach Achieved the student would need to further develop the compositional arrangement, and demonstrate more skilful use of appropriate techniques such and blending and layering. To fulfil the ‘finished work’ requirement of the standard, the student would also need to complete all areas (3) of the mural.

The student also needs to give greater consideration to the communicative purpose of the finished work. For example recognisable Dargaville street signs and notices could be included to make more explicit references to the location of the mural.  

 
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