Welcome to the Senior Cycle Art Information Page
Art (including Crafts)
An aptitude for self-directed research skills, an appreciation for Art History and a sound understanding of the design process is essential for Senior Level Art. There is no continuous project work in 6th year – all exam based. Throughout 5th year students work in a number of areas – Observational Drawing, Life Drawing, Batik, Calligraphy, Book craft, Poster design, Modelling, Pottery, etc, building on their abilities and discovering their strong points and what area they are most accomplished at. Pupils receive the practical exam papers a number of weeks prior to sitting the exam and this gives students good time to prepare for the exam. These exams are completed at the beginning of May. The Art History exam is completed in June. A trip to Newgrange takes place in early 5th year and a gallery/museum trip in 6th year is compulsory for the course.The structure of the course and the exam is very different to that of the Junior Certificate course.
Marking Scheme for elements of the Art Exam
There is a wide breadth of choice in the exam structure for Leaving Cert Art and students should be aware that for both ordinary and higher level you will have four examination areas. 2/3 Practical, 1/3 Art History & Appreciation. A total of 400 marks are given overall as shown below:
1. Design (2hrs 30 min) 100 or Craft (5hrs) 100 - completed in one day Craft area studied
2. Imaginative Composition 100 or Still life 100. (2hrs 30mins) Still life area studied
3. Life Sketching (50) - two poses studied – full standing pose (15mins)(20) – choice of full or half pose given in more detail (30)
4. Art History 150 (3 questions X 50 marks each).
For elements 1. 2. and 3. - Pupils receive exam papers a number of weeks prior to sitting the exam. These exams are completed at the beginning of May.
These areas are broke down as follows:
1. Life Drawing: - 1hour in total - 50 marks
Two sketches of a model in a specific pose.
Study of the human figure, developing tone, proportion and movement, within the drawing to create a 3D illusion on a 2D surface. - two poses studied – full standing pose (15mins)(20) – choice of full or half pose given in more detail compared with the first pose.(30) Students may continue to work on their drawing during the model’s rest periods and during the break between poses. Students are given the exam a number of weeks before hand so it is of benefit to them in practicing the poses for the exam.
2. Imaginative Composition / Still Life 2hrs 30mins- 100 marks
Students are given a choice of a number of texts/descriptive passages which will inspire the finished work.
Imaginative Composition -A picture, sketch, painting, collage, mixed media.
Still life- A composition of still life objects which are brought in to the exam and arranged for observation using a variety of media.
(Still Life Recommended)
Students are given the exam a number of weeks before hand so it is of benefit to them in practicing the poses for the exam.
Craft Exam - 5 hrs - 100 marks
A selection of crafts are on offer such as Batik, Calligraphy, Lino Print, Book craft, Poster, Sculpture, etc. Throughout 5th year students work in a number of these areas building on their abilities and discovering their strong points and what area they are most accomplished at. Pupils receive the practical exam papers a number of weeks prior to sitting the exam and this gives them good time to prepare for the exam. These exams are completed at the beginning of May. Once the titles are given, students go on to produce a preparatory page i.e researched ideas drawn out, stuck down images such as lettering and drawings on one A2 page. This page is brought into the exam to aid the creation of the final piece. A preliminary sheet or development sheet is completed as part of the exam. This page must show initial designs, layout and development of the final design.
History and Appreciation of Art:
This is divided into three sections:
1. Irish Art
2. European Art
3. General Appreciation
Key areas are selected by the teacher in each section.
150 marks out of 400 marks are assigned to this paper- i.e. 37.5% of the overall marks for Art
Candidates have to answer THREE questions – 50 minutes a question
Section 1 – Art in Ireland
- Candidates have a choice of approximately 7 questions.
- must answer one question which can range from Newgrange to questions on the Early Irish art
- Sometimes photographs are provided and candidates are asked to identify various artefacts and then describe & discuss them.
- A choice of modern artists may also be studied.
- The questions require you to possibly – name, discuss, describe refer to function, form, style, materials, decoration etc – make sure you cover the bases
Section 2 – European Art
- Choice of 8/9 questions
- Romanesque or Gothic Sculpture and Architecture
- You normally have to describe 2 works of art
- You may be lucky and one of your artists comes up – but it is quite possible that this will not happen – in this case - look at the ‘generic’ question which may ask you to look at a work of art which falls into a particular category – such as a portrait, a painting of a meal, a landscape, a still-life etc. You will definitely be able to do this if you think creatively…..
- All of these questions are long questions and require you to cover all the points questioned so make sure you read the question & cover all parts of the question.