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Sunday 21 January 2018

Most students 'should feel very lucky' with Leaving Cert higher level art paper, teacher claims

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Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

Most students should feel very lucky and happy with the Leaving Certificate higher level art paper, said teacher Angela Mary Griffith.

“If they prepared the most common topics from the last few years for each section, they should do very well", said Ms Griffith of the Institute of Education, Dublin.

However, she said the questions were very specific, so students who took a broader approach to the periods they studied may have had fewer opportunities to demonstrate their breadth of knowledge.

Ms Griffith said in the Irish section students were given good direction and “should have been able to structure their essays as heading were provided throughout.”

She said students would have been very pleased to see a Neolithic question,  but it  asked for two tombs, so students who had only studied Newgrange “would have been at a disadvantage”.

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Ms Griffith said  it was disappointing to see only two women, Mary Swanzy and Nano Reid, and only one living artist, Jim Fitzpatrick, in the popular list question on Irish artists.

 In the European section, she said  many students would have been “disappointed that there was no individual question on impressionist painting”.

She described it as a “very controlled section and students had little room to interpret or demonstrate the range of their visual awareness”.

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In European architecture/sculpture students were asked to give a comparison between Romanesque and Gothic, and Ms Griffith noted that there were no images to assist students. 

She added:  “This was a challenging answer to give in the time allocated and time management may have been an issue”.

However, she said Michelangelo’s presence on the paper would have pleased many students of the Renaissance.

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