External exemplars Level 2 2019 – Printmaking

The resource below contains portfolios that have been verified as meeting the criteria consistent with Level 7 of The New Zealand Curriculum, Learning Media, Ministry of Education, 2007, relating to the Visual Arts strands: Understanding the arts in context; developing practical knowledge; developing ideas; and communicating and interpreting.


Portfolio 1
Panel 1 (JPG, 129KB) Panel 2 (JPG, 156KB)
Entire portfolio (JPG, 267KB)
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Portfolio 1 presents sufficient evidence at the lower end of the Achievement grade range by demonstrating:

  • Systematic development of ideas. The original idea is introduced in Panel 1 with a series of individual prints and then in a more conceptual context with both reworked and new plates. The work moves forward with ideas in sequence, but there is limited development of an idea.
  • Use of art-making conventions, through a clear, consistent colour palette, shifts occurring in the formatting and framing of images, and attention to negative and positive space.
  • Use of media and technical conventions. All blocks are printed cleanly with a clear understanding of print etiquette. Both circular and rectangular formats have been used to frame and advance ideas. The final print has been further developed as a two-colour print.

More secure achievement would be supported by a broader range of related ideas. This would have provided options for further development and extension of ideas.

Portfolio 2
Panel 1 (JPG, 279KB) Panel 2 (JPG, 320KB)
Entire portfolio (JPG, 593KB)
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Portfolio 2 is clearly within the Achievement grade range because: 

  • It shows evidence of systematic development of a narrative linked to aspirations with pop and Pasifika culture. Juxtaposition of figure to pattern or landscape is consistently used throughout. Work starts to develop options for further development within the first board
  • It systematically uses a grid format to frame and place icons and symbols within the grid – such as the turtle, figures, and pattern. Artist models are clearly identified within the work and help to develop the ideas in Panel 2. The candidate identifies options from previous work to help with the investigation.
  • A range of media has been used, including dry-point, mono-printing and reduction wood cut, and photo-release plates. Print processes employed within the specific genre are sympathetic to the images.


Portfolio 3
Panel 1 (JPG, 295KB) Panel 2 (JPG, 311KB)
Entire portfolio (JPG, 601KB)
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Portfolio 3 has presented sufficient evidence to achieve within the Merit grade range because:

  • It shows evidence of purposeful development in the layering of the animal images and blocks, and demonstrates an increased purposeful development within the second panel. The ideas track forward in a linear manner, which shows extension, but reaches a conclusion at the end of the board, characteristic of folios at the beginning of the Merit range. The submission shows a singular purpose and clear direction. An exploration into the breaking down of the picture frame helps with the extension of ideas.
  • Layering of colour in the printing of blocks is purposeful, considered, and clearly linked to the extension of ideas. A clear exploration of negative space is apparent. 
  • The candidate is beginning to show competent use of media and techniques. Prints are cleanly executed, using both multiple colours and combinations of blocks.
Portfolio 4
Panel 1 (JPG, 216KB) Panel 2 (JPG, 213KB)
Entire portfolio (JPG, 434KB)
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Portfolio 4 is at the upper end of the Merit grade range and is approaching Excellence-level performance as it shows evidence of:

  • Purposeful development to extend ideas. It clarifies and extends the idea of motherhood and family via sequential revisiting of the portraits, hands, embryo, and baby. The extension occurs via pictorial play and the use of an emotive narrative. The submission offers a clear sequential development where the works within the second panel offer clear areas of extension.
  • Understanding of art-making conventions through thoughtful and consistent use of multiple framing devices, colour and tone sensitive to the proposition. The narrative is clear and allows for numerous options for exploration. The work reflects previous ideas and moves into new directions.
  • The candidate uses dry-point and collagraph plates throughout the submission. Printing is clean, showing careful inking and control in wiping areas of the plate back, with careful registration. Several plate sizes are used. In every case, the change in scale supports and extends the idea.


Portfolio 5
Panel 1 (JPG, 323KB) Panel 2 (JPG, 295KB)
Entire portfolio (JPG, 607KB)
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Portfolio 5 has presented sufficient evidence to achieve with Excellence as it shows evidence of:

  • Fluent decision-making to regenerate ideas. The decisions the candidate makes are tightly related to the pop culture genre explored, using bold, graphic expressive imagery, layering, colour and mark-making that are clearly linked to established practice. The works are carefully edited and works that show the regeneration of an idea are evident at the bottom of the second panel.
  • An understanding of art-making conventions. A range of printmaking conventions linked to the artists studied are utilised. There are elements of multiple layering, and combinations of graphic marks are used successfully. There is a conscious selection and editing of colour, particularly in the shift towards regeneration in the final work.
  • Using media and technical conventions. Fluent control of the processes to frame and advance ideas and range of media is seen across the submission. All compositions explore the frame within the frame device. The introduction of graphic mark clearly identifies reference to the artist model.
Portfolio 6
Panel 1 (JPG, 218KB) Panel 2 (JPG, 222KB)
Entire portfolio (JPG, 441KB)
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Portfolio 6 is at the upper end of the grade range to achieve with Excellence as it shows evidence of:

  • Fluent decision-making to regenerate ideas. The decisions and imagery used are highly conceptual and present a complex series of compositional options that strongly advance ideas on the first panel. The extension of ideas occurs very early on Panel 1 and presents a range of options that are explored and further advanced in subsequent work. A range of carefully chosen pictorial devices is used to regenerate earlier work.
  • Fluent understanding of art-making conventions through a diverse approach to the exploration of form, scale and spatial planes. Fluent control of combinations of media allow for a sustained submission.
  • Using media and technical conventions. Processes and procedures frame and advance numerous ideas, combining a range of processes in a tightly cohesive and assured manner at each stage of the investigation. Works demonstrate a very high level of skill and control in the printing of blocks, specific to each phase of the investigation.
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