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Work Sample : Ricky

Activity : Visual Arts: Cubist inspired self-portrait

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

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Ricky has demonstrated an adequate level of competence in using different artistic concepts and techniques to present a portrait in cubist style. The choice of harmonious and contrasting colours reflects the ‘cheerful’ period of Picasso’s work and creates balance in the artwork. Sound understanding of cubism is evident in the displacement of facial features but some of these have not been developed in an abstract way. Curved lines are balanced against strong diagonal, straight lines to achieve distortion and abstraction. There is some effective use of line and tonal variation but two viewpoints are not evident. This work sample demonstrates characteristics of work typically produced by a student performing at grade C standard at the end of Stage 3.

Grade C

The student has a sound knowledge and understanding of the main areas of content and has achieved an adequate level of competence in the processes and skills.

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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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