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Level 8 visual arts achievement objectives

The four arts strands work in combination. Together they provide the basis for a well-rounded programme. They weave through all aspects of learning in the visual arts, as they are interactive and mutually supportive. For example, investigating art works and their contexts will give students access to an informed process in their own development of visual ideas through using selected conventions, materials, and processes. Rarely will the strands be negotiated in complete isolation even if the learning and assessment programme may give emphasis to one particular strand over another for a particular outcome or purpose.

The strands are separated here as a way of helping teachers to unpack the language of the strands and the objectives at this level.

Indicators are examples of the behaviours and capabilities that a teacher might expect to observe in a student who is achieving at the appropriate level. Teachers may wish to add further examples of their own.

For any terminology used in the achievement objectives, or the indicators, check (and download) the Arts Online – Visual arts glossary.

Understanding the visual arts in context (UC)

Achievement objectives

Students will:

  • use research and analysis to investigate contexts, meanings, intentions, and technological influences related to the making and valuing of art works
  • research and analyse contexts relevant to their intentions and to the expression of meanings in their own work.

Indicators

  • Examines particular examples of art works and critically discusses the impact of a time, place, culture, social, religious, and/or political issues.
  • Examines and evaluates the connections between how and why the work is made, the artist’s intention, and how the works are valued by particular audiences.
  • Critiques how the context in which an art work is made and where an art work is viewed/read informs how the art work was/is perceived and appreciated by viewers and critics.
  • Applies knowledge and understanding of established practice to critically evaluate influencing factors on their own work and how these shape decisions about the conception, production, and presentation of the work.
  • Can articulate what and why selected strategies were used to convey meaning in their own work, such as compositional devices, technical applications, etc, and how and why these were sourced from particular established practice.

Developing practical knowledge in the visual arts (PK)

Achievement objectives

Students will:

  • apply understanding from broad and deep research into the characteristics and constraints of materials, techniques, technologies, and established conventions in a selected field
  • extend and refine skills in a selected field, using appropriate processes and procedures.

Indicators

  • Identifies and studies in depth a selected range of relevant models from established practice to examine and explore different materials, processes, and procedures in a selected field, for example, painting, photography. The choice of models reflects a clear connection between process, material, and artistic intention with own work.
  • Explores and investigates a range of ideas and techniques to build on skills to expand and clarify outcomes.
  • Selects processes, materials, and procedures appropriate to the pictorial concern and concepts being explored, for example, digital manipulations and printing applications may be appropriate processes to explore concepts of consumerism or dynamic connections.

Developing ideas in the visual arts (DI)

Achievement objectives

Students will:

  • generate, analyse, clarify, and regenerate options in response to selected questions or a proposal in a chosen field
  • use a systematic approach, selectively informed by recent and established practice, to develop ideas in a body of work.

Indicators

  • Critically engages in regular cycles of review on the process and the successes and failures of previous works in order to broaden the technical, pictorial, and conceptual aspects of subsequent works.
  • Explores and reconsiders original ideas in new and different contexts within a body of work.
  • Discusses the critical decisions about the processes and procedures used to build an idea and can explain how a particular technique/s and or procedure was used to develop or refine an idea.
  • Links series of works conceptually and practically, each work building on and referencing issues explored in previous works, and showing evidence of learning from established practice.

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Communicating and interpreting in the visual arts (CI)

Achievement objectives

Students will:

  • research and analyse selected approaches and theories related to visual arts practice
  • critically reflect on, respond to, and evaluate art works.

Indicators

  • Uses theoretical and practical investigations to explore and determine how different technical and conceptual approaches inform art works and practice, for example, can articulate the rationale for the reduction of any reference of the artist’s hand or mark in geometric abstraction, or the use of the grid to explore notions of control, containment and order.
  • Makes informed judgment about how the viewing situation impacts on how an art work is read.
  • Interprets and assesses the ideas and meanings that art works communicate and examines how these are similar to or different from the intentions attributed to them in artists’ statements or reviewers’ interpretations and evaluations.
  • Examines the role of (new) technologies (materials, equipment, processes, and procedures) in the conception, production, and presentation of (new forms of) art works.

Assessment for qualifications

At the time of publication, achievement standards are in development to align them with The New Zealand Curriculum. Aligned level 1 achievement standards were registered for use in 2011 and level 2 in 2012. Level 3 will be registered for use in 2013.

Please ensure that you are using the correct version of the standards by going to the NZQA website.

The NZQA subject-specific resource pages are very helpful. From there, you can find all the achievement standards and links to assessment resources, both internal and external.

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Not all learning in visual arts needs to be assessed. There is value in creating visual art and the exploration of genre and style that may not be assessed but could be a valuable step towards more complex work in the following year of study.

Level 3 achievement standards

  • 91440 Visual arts 3.1 Analyse methods and ideas from established design practice (practical art); Internal, 4 credits
  • 91441 Visual arts 3.1b Analyse methods and ideas from established painting practice (practical art); Internal, 4 credits
  • 91442 Visual arts 3.1c Analyse methods and ideas from established photography practice (practical art); Internal, 4 credits
  • 91443 Visual arts 3.1d Analyse methods and ideas from established printmaking practice (practical art); Internal, 4 credits
  • 91444 Visual arts 3.1e Analyse methods and ideas from established sculpture practice (practical art); Internal, 4 credits
  • 91445 Visual arts 3.2a Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to design (practical art); Internal, 4 credits
  • 91446 Visual arts 3.2b Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to painting (practical art); Internal, 4 credits
  • 91447 Visual arts 3.2c Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to photography (practical art); Internal, 4 credits
  • 91448 Visual arts 3.2d Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to printmaking (practical art); Internal, 4 credits
  • 91449 Visual arts 3.2e Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to sculpture (practical art); Internal, 4 credits
  • 91450 Visual arts 3.3a Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established design practice (practical art); Internal, 4 credits
  • 91451 Visual arts 3.3b Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established design painting practice (practical art); Internal, 4 credits
  • 91452 Visual arts 3.3c Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established photography practice (practical art); Internal, 4 credits
  • 91453 Visual arts 3.3d Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established printmaking practice (practical art); Internal, 4 credits
  • 91454 Visual arts 3.3e Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established sculpture practice (practical art); Internal, 4 credits
  • 91455 Visual arts 3.4a Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within design practice (practical art); External, 14 credits
  • 91456 Visual arts 3.4b Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within painting practice (practical art); External, 14 credits
  • 91457 Visual arts 3.4c Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within photography practice (practical art); External, 14 credits
  • 91458 Visual arts 3.4d Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within printmaking practice (practical art); External, 14 credits
  • 91459 Visual arts 3.4e Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within sculpture practice (practical art); External, 14 credits
  • 91460 Visual arts 3.5 Produce a resolved work that demonstrates purposeful control of skills appropriate to visual arts cultural contexts (practical art); Internal, 4 credits

Last updated May 30, 2018



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