Tuesday 28 February 2017

Bono makes an appearance

Leaving Certificate Art

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

TEACHERS' views differed on the Leaving Certificate Art Higher-Level Paper.

Jane Campbell of the ASTI and St Joseph's Convent of Mercy, Navan, Co Meath, said she liked it; but others did not.

In an effort to make exam papers student friendly, U2 have a habit of turning up on them and it was the turn of higher-level art yesterday, with a question on Louis le Brocquy's image of Bono.

And even more up to the minute, in light of the arrival of IKEA in Dublin, was a question about flat-pack furniture.

Ms Campbell said the question on Georgian architecture was often quite specific, but not so this year, as there was a choice of five architects.

She said question 14 on Rene Magritte was relatively specific, but was redeemed in the second part, where students could write about another surrealist artist, such as Dali.

Ms Campbell said some teachers bemoaned the absence of Yeats, while favourites such as Newgrange and Leonardo da Vinci, didn't feature either.

Angela Griffith of the Institute of Education in Dublin liked the "generous" question on Georgian architecture and said it was nice to see a question on the stained-glass artist Harry Clarke, which tied in with an exhibition of his work in the National Gallery last year.

"The European section was nicely laid out and provided plenty of choice. The 'impressionist' question related to the post-impressionist Paul Cézanne. Students would have to have covered post-impressionism to accurately respond to this question" she said.

Ms Griffith said there was "an unwelcome variation on the 'visiting a gallery' question, requiring students to compare a visit to a local gallery with a national museum or gallery.

"Students would have had to visit two galleries," she said. "Most students would have prepared for a visit to a local or national gallery."

Both teachers agreed that the ordinary-level paper was fine.

Irish Independent

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