Outcome 2 – Research and Analysis Assessment

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Studio Arts Unit 2

Outcome 2 – Research and Analysis Assessment

Assessment points will be taken directly from the study design points below:

Key knowledge

• art elements used in artworks such as line, tone, shape, colour, texture and other elements that may include sound and light, and, where appropriate, other elements and principles such as repetition, scale and space;

• signs, symbols and/or images used in artworks for their implied meaning;

• ways in which art and, where appropriate, other elements and principles have been used to produce aesthetic qualities, communicate ideas and develop styles in artworks by artists from different times and cultures;

• relevant resources and methods of research;

• appropriate art language and terminology.

Key skills

• identify and discuss art elements and, where appropriate, other principles in artworks;

• identify and discuss signs, symbols and/or images used in artworks for their implied meaning;

• compare and contrast ways in which art elements and, where appropriate, other principles have been used to produce aesthetic qualities, communicate ideas and develop skills in artworks by artists from different times and cultures;

• evaluate the use of art elements and signs, symbols and/or images to create aesthetic qualities, communicate ideas and develop styles;

• use appropriate art terminology and research a range of references;

• develop and present a discussion that uses appropriate art language and references of visual material.

Task Format – Extended Response Research Project

The task will include research on background and artworks of the selected artists. This will also include visual material as examples relating to your Research Section. 2 artworks from each artist should be included in this section as examples of style and meaning.

You will also be expected to complete a comparative analysis of how the artists use signs and symbols. Two artworks (one from each artist) will be needed for this. They must differ from others used in the Research Section.

Research Section

Researched information should include the following:

  • Full Name and life span of the artists;

  • Education;

  • Influences from other artists;

  • Historical/Cultural context and how it affects the artists work;

  • Typical aims or subject matter that is important to the artists’ work;

  • Common themes, symbols, meaning or ideas of the artist’s work.

  • The re-occuring characteristics and styles created by the artist, and how they use the elements and principles to do this.

It is important that your researched information helps you explain the way the artists use symbols or create meaning in their works. What visual tools do the artists use to communicate with the viewer? You need to include 2 examples of artworks for each artist in this section.

This information needs to inform your interpretation and comparison of artworks.

Minimum word count for this section: 300 words

Interpretation and Comparison Essay

Your interpretation must include a discussion and comparison of the following:

  • An image from each of the artists to use as VISUAL EVIDENCE that you can REFER TO when explaining the way the artist uses symbols and creates meaning in their work.

  • How the elements and principles may be used to help create meaning in the artworks or communicate ideas.

For example:

Does colour affect the mood of the work?

Is line used in a certain way to create a style that adds to the ideas being communicate to us?

How are the principles used to create emotion?

Is movement and repetition of elements creating an energy that adds to the feel of the artwork/s?

  • How imagery and symbols are used to create meaning or communicate ideas.

For Example:

Are there tradition symbols used to give us ideas? (ie, religious, historical)

Are there particular images that are given meaning by the artist?

Does the artist use their own visual language to communicate to us?

How are personal, or socially acceptable codes used in the work?

Can we recognise facets of popular culture in the artworks?

Are everyday items placed specifically to give meaning? How does that work?

  • If the historical or cultural context has an influence on how meaning is created in the artworks.

For example:

Are images used in a way that reflects the cultural background of the artist?

Do we see symbols represent historical events that were important to the artist at the time?

What events that were happening around the artist contribute to the meanings or ideas in the artwork?

  • Evaluate the artworks, discussing how well the artists communicate their ideas to the viewer. Who does this most effectively? Give reasons for your ideas.

You do not necessarily need to discuss these things in this order. Do what makes the most sense, and cover what is most important to the artists you choose.


Minimum word count for essay: 500 words

PRESENTATION: typed and printed with colour images.


Ah Xian and Vipoo Srivilasa (ceramics/sculpture)

Brassai and Henri Cartier Bresson(photography)

Lin Onus and Emily Kam KNGWARRAY or another more traditional indigenous artist (painting)

Frida Khalo and Franz Marc (painting)

Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte (surrealism/painting)

Stelarc and Patricia Piccinnini (digital/robotic)

Arnold Newman and Diane Arbus (photography)

Artists from the Expressionist movement such as Kirchner, Dix, Mucnch, Die Brucke and Der Blaue Reiter etc. (generally painting, some printmaking)

Sandro Botticelli and Paula Rego (painting)

Fiona Hall and Linde Ivimey (sculpture)

First Draft to be handed in by: Monday 27th August.

Final Submission: Due Friday 31st August

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