2015 HSC Visual Arts Marking
2015 HSC Visual Arts Marking


In 2015 nine and a
half thousand students approximately 12% of the seventy-seven thousand students
enrolled in the HSC did Visual Arts. Visual Arts is the most popular subject
with submitted work and the 12th most popular subject overall. Bodies of work
and marked by 78 markers at corporate and itinerant centres during the
first 4 weeks of term 4. Marks are awarded to the body of work by distinguishing
qualities that demonstrate the standards identified by benchmark works, the
marking guidelines, syllabus outcomes, written judgments about the benchmark
works explaining their placement and the critical dialogue. Markers always begin by checking the student number, name of the work, number of pieces and the expressive form. They ensures the work is displayed according to the student’s instructions. So we’ve got two large pieces and then we’ve got these four. The student wants us to view them down the sides. They orient themselves to the work through an initial descriptive
exploration of the visual codes, clues and qualities, discussing the approach to
subject matter. It’s a cityscape. They haven’t told us which cities they are. They’ve left it kind of generic but you get the feeling…European. Yeah, yes like Italy or Spain or something. The cobblestones really accentuate that. Maybe that was water. Could you see that as water potential of materials and where they
identify evidence of material resolution. They consider the use of visual language,
the overall coherency of aspects within the work, looking at the compositional
devices and relationships within and between the panels. This graffito is very successful. It’s interesting how they left the boats black, but I think there’s been a black under painting under the whole piece. Can you see that? Then put the ….um. It’s a blue isn’t it? Yeah and it’s picking up blue up there. Really dark and they really want you to see that. There’s been a deliberate intention…It gives it an almost illustrative effect. The subtle colour palette is very successful within this work it holds it together. It really makes it cohesive doesn’t it?
Beautiful gestural mark making the line work over the top…They’ve used a lot of different materials here as well…like ..they’ve left the pencil mark through but then they got colour pencils. Look at this beautiful magenta lines. There’s a bit of charcoal here as well…..and that’s like some shellac that they’ve let drip….There’s a use of decayed wood and the, yeah, the peg board. For me this really extends the material practice of the student. The dialogue then moves from description
to analysis. Markers look for evidence of such things as consideration of audience
acknowledging how artworks may be read for meaning and for the intentional use visual devices to position the audience and draw them into the work. There’s a vitality isn’t there. It works really well…a vitality. Even though there’s no people in the image like it’s a city…It allows you to enter into it because of the strong diagonals. It pulls you in. These lines around the light show kind of the gleaming light. Gives you that feel that there are people in there, somewhere. Markers evaluate the sustained
exploration of the expressive potential of materials and they examined the
relationship between individual items looking for overall coherency within and
between works and for evidence of curatorial practice. There’s a real confidence in working with the
materials that err…They’ve been really ambitious. But I get the impression that this isn’t the first time they’ve done this like there’s been a lot of work ….lead up work…decision making….and evaluating. So they’ve really curated this really well this really to say these are the best pieces. This is the summation of what we’ve learnt…So you can see the success within these two panels and then I suppose then we look at these
smaller more intimate views…I think they are meant to be seen as individual compositions yeah. I think they
stand on their own as little miniature artworks. The dialogue then becomes more diagnostic. Markers look for further evidence of qualities to support accurate reliable judgment. For me this really extends the material practice of the student. It’s exploring more than just that one viewpoint. It’s taken another element It’s almost like an abstracted view of some of the elements of the cityscape….and it’s what you see when you go to a lot of these European places You are taken in by some of the decayed areas…where you take those close up photos of texture. Markers use the marking guidelines
referring to the assessment criteria for the body of work conceptual strength and meaning and resolution
and the standards represented by the benchmark works to award an individual mark. It does evoke a sense of memory….keying into those places and also that material practice that confidence…consistent…refined…sensitve…. but looking at the guidelines there areas that are a little less successful. I think the perspective in this panel is a little more convincing so there are inconsistencies that are coming through but overall it’s really successful. And these add to it. I think that they are an integral part aren’t they of the works. Yeah it’s about that reiteration. It’s elaborated…reiterated…so even though it’s totally different it’s much more textured, using found objects perhaps, it’s still enforcing the thing that the student is trying to tell us about the cities. The markers each record their marks independently. The final mark is an average of the two. The critical dialogue
is always undertaken by two markers to ensure there is a comprehensive analysis
of each student’s body of work. The critical dialogue is absolutely pivotal. Everybody brings their own knowledge base to marking center so it’s really
important to have that dialogue and conversation to bring out all of the
positives in the work and also a lot of the limitations of so we can evenly place it against the guidelines. really essential It’s really essential to have those two people come with their strength, their knowledge and come together to really look out and
draw out as much as you can conceptually and materially within the
body of work.

2 thoughts on “2015 HSC Visual Arts Marking”

  1. Jacqi Willis says:

    Very helpful for understanding how students art works are marked. Thank you.

  2. necessarysufficient says:

    Great resource.
    Hi Clare

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