Portraiture Assessment task 4b

preliminary visual art 2018


Part B : Art making - Body of Work based on the traditions of Portraiture.

(Part A: Study of Art - The Archibald Prize Assessment Task issued separately)

Weighting: 20%

  • Task Issued: Week 1, Term 3
  • Submission Due: Week 8, Term 3

On the completion of this task you will be assessed on your ability to address Syllabus outcomes: P1, P2, P3, P4, P7 and P8. | Refer to Visual Arts course outcomes for further details.

Content Focus

The purpose of this task is to:

  • Develop and complete a body of work focused on “portraiture of self and / or others”.
  • Develop a practical understanding of practice focused on Portraiture though the investigation of portrait traditions.
  • Expose you the student to working with a variety of paint baaed media through studio practice.
  • Identify how artists use codes, symbols and signs to create meaning in their art making practice
  • Begin the process of exploring the potential of you, the artist and your own practice.
The Task
  1. Produce a Body of Work, single portrait or series with either yourself or others as the subject, based on the painting style of another artist or art movement. Consider the 'structural frame aspects of composition, colour, tone & line etc, material sensibility and usage in the production of your work.
  2. Where relevant, be aware of how you apply codes, symbols, signs etc to elaborate concepts and / or develop narrative in the production of your artwork/s.
Ivana Wilcom
The process

Your class studio work and VAPD (process diary) must support your Body of Work and should include the following:

  • A selection of artworks completed during class which evidence a range of material approaches to drawing and painting ( Fig 1)
  • A visual / verbal brainstorm / mind map based on yourself, the subject - consider your likes/dislikes, interests, hobbies, ideas/inspirations etc. Include as much information as you can for a starting point. Your portrait should be relevant, to you, now
  • Include as documentation; media experiments, illustrations, art research or study of artists whose art-making practice relates to your Portrait, important material or stylistic decisions which helped shape your final work/s
  • Concept development is to include a series of at least three small sketches/illustrations that were significant in forming the final work.
  • Where relevant, reference to the 'Frames and Conceptual Framework' should be noted in your VAPD in relation to the consideration and explanation of ideas, materials & techniques.
Isabella Cataldo

Submit the following for marking:

  1. Your VAPD; documenting the progress of the development of your ideas and media experiments including any ancillary studio and lead up work which demonstrates a varied approach to the representation of the subject as portrait.
  2. The Portrait (Body of Work)
Fig 1
Created By
Gary Poulton

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