Visual Art Paper 1, Nov/Dec. 2011  
Questions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Main
General Comments
Question 2

Write notes on any three of the following:

(a) realism;
(d) illusion;
(e) imagination.


This question was not very popular among candidates. Among the few that attempted it, some responded accurately while many others could not post a coherent response and thereby lost obtainable marks. 

The following are some of the points candidates were expected to highlight:

(a)       Realism

  •    A style of art that retains the basic impression of visual actuality.
  •    A faithful representation of objects as seen by the eye.
  •    Depicting objects in a resemblance of their actual appearances.
  •    Life-like artistic representation without any form of idealization.
  •    The name of a 19th Century art movement in painting.

(b)       Abstraction

  •    Non-representational rendering of art forms.
  •    Rendering in a way that may not have reference or resemblance to any real object.
  •    Simplification or distortion of forms.

(c)       Stylization

  •    Distorting or exaggerating the features of forms.
  •    Rendering of art forms in a way that little recognizable features maybe deduced as forms are not fully abstracted.

(d)       Illusion

  •    Imitation of visual reality created on a flat surface of the picture plane.
  •    A situation when features appear real or are convincingly depicted to give a false appearance of reality.

(e)       Imagination

  •    The ability to form an idea in the mind, based on previous experience(s).
  •    Mental images or pictures.
  •    Something experienced in the mind and not a reality.
  •    To form a visual image of something in the mind.
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