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Work Sample : Pat

Activity : Visual Arts: Cubist inspired self-portrait

    Visual Arts: Cubist inspired self-portrait - Pat : Grade Commentary

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Pat has demonstrated a very high level of competence in using different artistic concepts and techniques to present a portrait in cubist style. This detailed artwork displays a strong cubist influence and careful observation of the subject matter. The use of line, colour and shading effectively draws the viewer’s eye to the different perspectives of the face. Curved lines and well-balanced colours complement the facial features. Although both cheerful and melancholy tones have been incorporated, there is effective use of contrasting colours in the background to harmoniously blend shapes and integrate with the foreground portrait. Pat has demonstrated a very high level of competence and confidence in incorporating abstract symbols to enhance the balance within the composition, and there is evidence of risk taking in the strong use of line, the placement of facial features, and the use of tone and light. This work sample demonstrates characteristics of work typically produced by a student performing at grade A standard at the end of Stage 3.

Grade A

The student has an extensive knowledge and understanding of the content and can readily apply this knowledge. In addition, the student has achieved a very high level of competence in the processes and skills and can apply these skills to new situations.

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Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:

  • Visual Arts
    Students make artworks for a variety of audiences using different forms and techniques to convey meaning and represent the likeness of things in the world. They discuss artworks in terms of how subject matter is used and represented, artists' intention and audience interpretation and make reasoned judgements about these artworks.
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