Generally good, thought-provoking questions that allowed the more academic pupils to fly and the pupils more geared to visual art to offer their well-considered opinions, was how teacher Liz Morrissey described the Leaving Certificate Art Higher Level paper.
Ms Morrissey, of Mount St Michael, Roscarbery, Co Cork, and the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI), said she was glad to see this style of paper, because art is "too important a subject for encouraging and developing the creativity of our children for it to be examined so strongly in the end game as an academic subject".
Another teacher thought that while some students will have been very lucky and happy with the paper, for those who took a broader approach to the periods they studied, there were fewer opportunities to demonstrate their breadth of knowledge.
Angela Griffith, of Dublin's Institute of Education, said students and teachers will also have been disappointed that the thematic list seemed to have been cast aside in questions 14 and 15, while the exhibition question was quite restrictive and the phrasing somewhat confusing.
In the art in Ireland section, she said the use of the word medieval in Q2 might have confused some, as the term is usually referred to as early Christian.
But the question on early Christian architecture development to Romanesque architecture was complex and demanding, with no illustrations to help. Meanwhile, Question Four on Georgian architecture/James Gandon should have been popular. European Art was quite straightforward, but with limited choice, she said.