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I am currently in Grade 12 and due to different school years, I am in
process of doing my final examinations. Every year from Grade 10
the first year that we take subjects of our choice, we have done mid
end of year exams.
These exams are based on our theory work throughout the year. For
instance, this year we have studied Twentieth Century International
International Architecture, South African Architecture, Religious
and Pre- 1945 South African Art, Surrealism, POp Art, Cubism, Fauvism
and German Expressionism.
In June and in November we write a 3 hour exam consisting
of 4 essays of 50 marks each in which we compare different movement
to artists and specific pieces. An example: Fauvism emphasises colour
Cubism emphasises form. Discuss.
This essay shows knowledge of the movement, artists involved and how
you can look at art in an analytical as well as an aesthetic way. We
a six hour drawing exam in which have to draw from a real object, either
exterior, an interior, a composition, a model or a still life. Drawing
allowed are pencils, pencil crayon, pens, pretty much most things. In
our final Gr
12 exam we have an 18 hour prac - spread over 3 days. We can plan and
beforehand, it's not a case of just turning on creativity on demand,
a case of knowing basically what you're doing beforehand and then
This practical can be done in whatever medium we choose, generally one
that we have specialized in since Grade 11. There are suggested themes
basically have free reign over what we want to do. Our final mark is
made of 25%
drawing, 25% practical and 50% theory.
All practical and theoretical examination work in sent to a central
board to ensure fairness and consistency across the province. A
of the best practical works is displayed at regional art galleries the
If anybody would like to see the exam that I wrote 2 weeks ago for
finals, I'd be happy to send it along with my June paper if necessary.
from South Africa
PS I was fortunate enough to be awarded a scholarship to study for my
at University of Natal commencing in January. I enjoy reading the posts
this list as I am thinking of teaching art one day as well.
PPS My mother is thrilled about the scholarship as she doesn't have to
fork out a couple of thousand rands for fees.
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