External exemplars Level 2 2019 – Sculpture

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
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Portfolio 1 presents sufficient evidence at the lower end of the Achievement grade range, as it shows evidence of:

  • Systematic development. Ideas are seen through material manipulation to generate a body of work referencing anxiety. The inclusion of the figure in the production of the modelled initial studies is reintroduced interacting with the constructed imagery in Panel 2.
  • the use of art-making conventions. Works build on the construction, manipulation and deconstruction of small-scale figures to advance the proposition. Colour is used selectively to support the generation and development a body of work investigating elements of anguish.
  • The use of media and techniques such as modelling compound appropriate to the investigation. The simple forms and basic approaches to representing elements of the figure place it at the lower end of the expected curriculum level.
Portfolio 2
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Portfolio 2 is at the higher end of the Achievement grade range (approaching Merit), as it shows evidence of:

  • Systematic development across a range of approaches used throughout the investigation to reconfigure a found object. The aesthetics, qualities, and function of toothpaste have provided a foundation for the development of ideas.
  • The use of art-making conventions through deconstructing an object and the refiguring of it using simple materials to begin the investigation. An alternative material (coloured wool) is utilised to playfully reflect the appearance of toothpaste and its foamy by-product. The ordering and stacking of related objects is seen on Panel 2. A shift into painting practice is inferred at the end of the submission with investigations into the physical quality of toothpaste and a two-dimensional final outcome.
  • Selecting appropriate media and techniques to advance the proposition. Materials are easily accessible and in keeping with the investigation. The breadth of the investigation brings this submission up to the higher end of the grade range. 

To be awarded Merit, it would need more evidence of using media and techniques with consistent competency, in particular in the construction of the large-scale toothbrushes at the bottom of Panel 1, and a clearer purpose in some of the toothbrush studies at the top half of panel two. 


Portfolio 3
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Portfolio 3 has presented sufficient evidence to achieve within the Merit grade range, as it shows evidence of:

  • Purposeful development to extend ideas. A sustained and purposeful investigation into the kitchen sink and associated paraphernalia has resulted in a playful body of work. Colour plays a strong role in pulling together ideas across a range of sculptural conventions throughout the submission. The proposition begins with performative investigation, which is revisited on Panel 2.
  • Understanding art-making conventions. This is seen in the soft sculptural works that demonstrate purposeful scale shifts and investigate the change in the function of the selected objects. Installation practice is used competently throughout the submission, culminating in an extension of ideas seen in the final series of works on Panel 2.
  • Media and techniques used competently and with purpose throughout the submission. A range of approaches have been demonstrated. The suspension of the objects seen in the installations is appropriate to the conventions and media used.
Portfolio 4
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Entire portfolio (JPG, 189KB)
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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 in a sustained investigation into containment and excavation purposefully clarifying and extending ideas. The encasing and exposure of selected found objects with a particular emphasis on colour is introduced on Panel 1 and extended through the use of paint and mould growth on Panel 2.
  • Understanding of art-making conventions, as objects are embedded in cast blocks of plaster, which are sliced, stacked, and wrapped. The embedded bread on Panel 2 has a purposeful time-based component that has resulted in the development of mould as an extra layer in the work.
  • Using media and techniques in a sustained and purposeful way (such as the use of casting materials and approaches), which allows the investigation to continue to build on the successes of earlier works. The containment of paint in the work at the top of Panel 2, which pours out of the negative spaces when the object is cut in half, demonstrates competent use of media and techniques.

To be awarded Excellence, it would need more evidence of a further advancement of ideas in new or diverse directions would allow the submission to move into the Excellence grade range by demonstrating regeneration.  The investigation slows on the second half of panel two, where an additional artwork may have allowed for ideas to be further clarified and regenerated.


Portfolio 5
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Entire portfolio (JPG, 178KB)
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Portfolio 5 presents sufficient evidence to achieve with Excellence, as it shows evidence of:

  • Fluent decision-making in a clearly defined proposition from early in the submission, and reflection and evaluation fluently drive the development of ideas. The piercing of objects, in combination with constructed bodies of water, advance ideas in new and distinct directions. The shifts from puddles to a vortex (seen as water moves through a drain) are approached fluently.
  • Understanding of art-making conventions by utilising a broad range of conventions – extension, stacking, relief, and manipulation of found objects – to quietly and assuredly move the investigation forward. The static representation of a moving body of water regenerates ideas within the art-making process.
  • Using media and techniques with materials that are easily accessible, but using these appropriately to support the clarification and regeneration of ideas. The use of self-adhesive notes and kebab sticks has resulted in a low-tech aesthetic that is appropriate to specific phases of the investigation.
Portfolio 6
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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 and critical selection of work by consistently reflecting on the best options for development, both conceptually and materially. A range of techniques and approaches to sculpture practice are driven by the proposition. Each phase of work feeds into and informs subsequent works.
  • Understanding of art-making conventions, including casting, wrapping, suspension, deconstruction, kintsugi (repairing with gold), and performance practice all contribute to the fluent body of work seen in this submission.
  • Using media and techniques by critically selecting conceptually related materials, allowing for a depth of clarification and regeneration. Fluent decisions are made throughout the submission; each selected approach is highly appropriate to the specific phases of the investigation.
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