External exemplars Level 2 2022 – Painting

These portfolios present evidence that meets the criteria consistent with Level 7 of The New Zealand Curriculum, Learning Media, Ministry of Education, 2007. Criteria relate to the Visual Arts strands: understanding the arts in context; developing practical knowledge; developing ideas; communicating and interpreting.


Portfolio 1
Panel 1 (JPG, 1.2MB) Panel 2 (JPG, 1.5MB)
Entire portfolio (JPG, 739KB)
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Portfolio 1 has been verified as placed in the middle of the Achieved grade range as it clearly fulfills the criteria by:

  • Presenting a systematic body of artworks that generates and develops ideas across two panels. A Strong narrative helps to frame the investigation and moves the work forward methodically.
  • The use of expressive and gestural paint techniques and artmaking conventions, including anthropomorphism and symbolism, combined with illustrative pattern and layering of shapes within the compositions.
  • Characters which are recognisable and personalised by the candidate. Established practice has informed the work. Artists used may include Max Ernst, Marc Chagall, Penny Howard, and Shane Cotton, and the candidate understands the expressionist genre.

To be awarded Merit, the portfolio would need more evidence of consistency in the selection and use of art making conventions; clearer sequencing of the work and narrative from Panel 1 to Panel 2 to demonstrate purposeful decision-making and to show extension of ideas; and more control in their use of media and techniques.



Portfolio 2
Panel 1 (JPG, 1.5MB) Panel 2 (JPG, 876KB)
Entire portfolio (JPG, 876KB)
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Portfolio 2 has presented sufficient evidence to achieve within the Merit grade range, as it shows evidence of:

  • Purposefully selecting imagery and art making conventions to explore the theme, and making informed decisions to edit and order the work.
  • Ideas which are generated, developed, and extended from Panel 1 to Panel 2.
  • Related works which link ideas and symbols, for example: cigarettes, the figure, skeletons, and stained glass are included in the narrative, beginning with a Vanitas still life series on the top of Panel 1.
  • Competent use of a variety of wet and dry media. Formal painting elements including positive and negative space, shape and line, figure/ground relationships pattern, and colour are used with understanding.

To be awarded Excellence, the portfolio would need more evidence of consistency and fluency in the application of media, techniques and in the use of pictorial elements including careful modelling of three-dimensional surfaces and creating the illusion of depth; and individual, related works that are critically selected to form a series or sequence in the generation, development, clarification, and regeneration of ideas within the art making process.



Portfolio 3
Panel 1 (JPG, 1.3MB) Panel 2 (JPG, 1.2MB)
Entire portfolio (JPG, 633KB)
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Portfolio 3 has been verified and placed in the middle of the Excellence grade range as it clearly fulfills the criteria by:

  • A fluent use of painting conventions to a high curriculum level. The candidate applies paint with understanding of the surrealist compositional and pictorial concerns of the selected genre.
  • The use of traditional figurative painting approaches to create three dimensional surfaces showing understanding of colour, light, and tonal juxtapositions; and through other painting conventions such as narrative, scale and decorative elements the compositions show critical clarification and regeneration of the conceptual proposition.
  • A considered narrative which underpins the light, colour, viewpoint, and pose of the subject as the submission progresses, documenting a clear understanding of how meditation leads towards enlightenment in Buddhism. A diverse range of artist models such as Hieronymus Bosch, Seraphine Pick, Casper David Friedrich, and Salvador Dali are implicitly referenced. Surrealism and traditional Buddhist Art influence the regeneration of ideas and personal practice.
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