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Ncea level 3 visual arts 2007

NCEA Level 3 - Visual Arts 2007

Examples of Candidate Work - Sculpture


  • This submission steadily works through a logical sculptural proposition with a reliance on a limited range of processes, procedures, materials and techniques. The candidate has used traditional sculptural propositions such as stacking and suspension of an arrangement of forms in space to allow simple sculptural attributes to be explored. The development of ideas is logical and yet predictable. The candidate would benefit from further exploration and research into established practice beyond the simply mechanic.

  • To achieve the standard with merit the candidate would have to demonstrate evidence of more purposeful drawing as a thinking process to provide options in the generation, clarification, analysis and regeneration of ideas. The candidate would also have to demonstrate an ability to relate and evaluate ideas and methods in the production of work.


  • This submission shows a simple systematic approach to relating ideas and methods in the production of work. The candidate has shown knowledge of the characteristics and constraints of established materials and techniques and yet in the same way is restrained by the reliance upon these methods. The realisation of options is negated by the limited steps taken from the initial proposition.

  • To achieve with merit this candidate would need to employ a more systematic and evaluative approach to relating ideas and methods in the production of work. This would have been assisted by investigating a broader range of established practice to inform a means of developing sculptural ideas.


  • This candidate explored options that pursued the idea through 'a beginning to end scenario'. Their inquiry was simple and linear, but also logical and well tracked. They used drawing as a thinking process, to test and refine ideas. This candidate also relied on predictable and derivative approaches to the development of work, and yet they demonstrated steady development through the presented options.

  • In order to gain achievement with excellence this candidate would need to apply, in a diverse manner, research of recent and established practice from a range of attitudes to build upon and sustain their initial proposition. They would also need to employ a more critical analytical and evaluative approach to extend ideas in the production of work.


  • This submission starts the portfolio with a range of options for Sculptural investigation. The candidate then uses a conceptual basis to build upon and refine ideas, materials and methods. They successfully revisit and reinvent ideas through the making of small works. This is a good example of how a candidate can explore ideas widely and intuitively. This candidate has, however, not realised the potential for the development of ideas in a number of works that have been abandoned for less convincing methods.

  • The use of a greater range of research in established practice would have enabled this candidate to achieve the depth of investigation required for achievement with excellence.

  • In order for this candidate to achieve with excellence they would have also needed to employ a more critical approach to relating and evaluating ideas to enable the synthesis of a range of ideas and methods in the production of work.


  • This candidate has presented a discursive, experimental and expansive body of work. They have demonstrated an intuitive sensitivity to materials and used this sensitivity to clarify a purposeful aesthetic system that matches the idiosyncratic proposition.

  • The use of drawing to critically analyse and evaluate ideas has enabled this candidate to make dynamic steps into developing ideas in the production of work.

  • The synthesis of a range of methods and techniques from established practice has allowed this candidate to use materials in a surprising and innovative manner.

  • The commitment to experimentation and evaluation of ideas in a range of approaches to the sculptural problem, evident in the submission, suggests a plethora of potential further steps in developing the ideas.


  • This candidate has demonstrated a high understanding of the different roles and types of drawing processes appropriate to the selected sculptural proposition. They have recognised both formal and conceptual threads in the analysis and evaluation of work that has allowed a diverse and yet thorough attitude to the production of work.

  • This candidate has also successfully synthesised unexpected approaches to the sculptural problem, building on ideas that show both a broad and deep sculptural investigation.

  • The use of a range of technologies and materials that cleverly link back to the initial proposition allow this candidate to show fluency and purpose with insight in a sculptural practice.