Visual Art Paper 3, Nov/Dec. 2012  
Questions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 Main
General Comments



            The following weaknesses were perceptible in the works of the candidates:

  1. Inability to comprehend questions


Many candidates obviously did not understand the requirements of the questions, especially in the graphic design aspects. For example in question (1) where candidates were required to design a product package, some candidates created poster.

  1. Poor Technical proficiency

Candidates found it difficult to construct letters as required in some of the questions on graphic design. Illustrations and imaginative compositions were poorly executed. Letterings were made illegible for effective delivery of messages in poster design. Perspective and proportion were also disregarded and compositions in the painting aspects lacked unity.

  1. Poor knowledge and application of colours


Candidates demonstrated lack of knowledge of the theory and application of colours. Colours were combined without any consideration for harmony.

The weaknesses identified above could be addressed through the following:
(1)        Understanding of  the elements and principles of art
A good understanding and application of the elements and principles of art will be of great value to candidates in the creative design examination. This will help them in creating effective posters and imaginative compositions.
(2)        Exposure to quality art works
Students should be exposed to quality art works through visits to art exhibitions, advertising agencies and media houses. They can also subject themselves to tutelage in established art studios or under competent professionals.
(3)        Constant practice
Students should learn to draw at all times. Therefore, it is necessary that they arm themselves with sketch books to enable them engage in constant practice of drawing.

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