NCEA Level 3 - Visual Arts 2010
Examples of Candidate Work –
This submission demonstrates a tremendous facility and sensitivity towards the
combination of materials. The candidate has demonstrated an intuitive and yet calculated
approach in the fusion of both organic and inorganic found objects. They have developed
in tandem both the formal and conceptual threads in the body of work which has allowed
for a diverse and yet thorough sculptural investigation.
The understanding that the candidate demonstrates in evaluating and building upon ideas
in the manufacture of objects, allows them to create inventive and astute sculptural
The discursive and thorough investigation at the start of the submission sets up a range of
possible directions that the candidate could pursue. These options have been explored and
refined to create a strong proposition. This has allowed the candidate to take risks and
explore technically challenging options whilst still understanding the limitations of the
The exploration of kinetic or animated works, both physically and metaphorically,
provides the candidate with a range of possibilities to further extend ideas beyond the
This submission demonstrates a technically astute, intelligent and strategic approach to
developing a body of work within sculpture. The use of documentation to clearly define and
describe sculptural ideas has allowed the candidate to build upon a range and depth of ideas.
The candidate demonstrates a commanding understanding of materials and techniques that
build upon ideas of form, mass, weight and illusion. In conjunction with the technical facility
the submission has established a strong sculptural proposition that recognises both conceptual
and formal possibilities that have been explored thoughtfully throughout the body of work.
The recognition of the material properties within the initial works have been evaluated and
developed to allow for a range of contemporary modes of sculptural practice. The candidate
also demonstrates a strong understanding of how to expand and translate ideas through
appropriate technologies and methods in the production of work.
The commitment to experimentation and evaluation of ideas in a range of approaches to the
sculptural problem allows this candidate to resolve ambitious and convincing sculptural
This submission steadily and confidently explores assemblage and installation processes,
procedures, materials and techniques. Logical arrangements have been explored and then
analysed which clarify sculptural ideas in a linear and purposeful manner.
The development of ideas is logical and yet predictable. The candidate would benefit from
further exploration and research into established practice and associated methods,
materials and techniques.
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 and depth of ideas and methods in the production of work.
This submission uses a surrealist narrative proposition to explore sculptural ideas. Well
established ideas have been employed to investigate a relationship of scale, proportion
and material shift. This candidate has utilised the translation of ideas through a range of
processes materials and techniques that clarify the sculptural options. The evaluation of
the difficulty in using performance in this instance has enabled the candidate to
purposefully regenerate the central proposition in an effective and considered manner.
The use of materials and processes are manageable and mostly well understood and yet
the reliance upon a specific narrative has restrained the candidate from critically relating
and evaluating ideas in order to synthesise a range of ideas and methods in the
production of work.
In order to gain Achievement with Excellence this candidate would have needed to have
expanded the central notion of proportional and scale shift to expand the range and
depth of ideas within a wider body of subject matter. The reliance of the elephant motif
has restrained the candidate from realising a depth of ideas within the body of work.
This submission works logically through a series of related formal processes that are
derivative of the established practice studied. The candidate has employed a thematic
study to drive the development of ideas in an elementary manner. Potential options
have not been recognised and the candidate has returned to recreating derivative ideas
in the production of work.
To achieve with Merit this candidate would have needed to expand upon the
relationship of object within space in order to explore options in spatial manipulation
and transformation. This candidate would have also benefited from investigating a
wider range of established practice to inform a means of developing and evaluating
This submission uses a flexible planar material to develop simple sculptural ideas in a
rational and predictable series. Material properties have been explored and well
documented in a linear and related system. The thorough exploration of the one material
has however also restrained the candidate’s ability to generate and develop options. The
regeneration of ideas occurs late on the last panel where the planar qualities of the
material have been explored in the context of a combining of forms from found objects in
space. This candidate would have benefitted from greater analysis in refining the ideas
within the body of work.
Although the candidate is operating from implicit sculptural established practice,
particular artist models that deal with the delineating of space through the addition of a
planar material would have assisted this candidate in decisions about processes
procedures materials and techniques.
In order for this candidate to achieve the standard with Merit they would have needed to
demonstrate evidence of purposeful drawing as a thinking process to provide options in
the generation, clarification, analysis and regeneration of ideas.