Visual Art Paper 1 ,May/June 2011  
Questions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Main
General Comments

Question 7

Candidates were required to:
Describe the art of the Pre-historic man.



This question was very popular among the candidates, but the performance of most of the candidates was poor. The poor performance was probably as a result of misinterpretation of the question. Candidates concentrated on the history of the pre-historic man, instead of the description of his art. This wrong approach led to a great loss of obtainable marks.

Candidates should have responded to the question by explaining the following points:
Art of the pre-historic man

  • Paintings were natural; the human figures were in silhouette, while the animals were made bigger and realistic.
  • The techniques of drawing and painting were simple outline and detailed shading.
  • Human figures were portrayed in simple forms.
  • The paintings were done in the caves.
  • The animals were drawn or painted in profile.
  • Different earth colours were mixed with animal fat and used as paint.
  • Black was obtained from charcoal and white from kaolin.
  • Flint tools were used in cutting outlines of animal on rock surfaces.
  • Pecking of outline or whole picture is another technique used by pre-historic man.
  • Paintings and engravings were superimposed and juxtaposed.
  • Sculptures were in low relief and also in the round.


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