Student-friendly papers with plenty of choice – The Irish Times

Both students and teachers have responded positively to the art history exam, calling the higher and ordinary level papers generous and fair.

Declan Kelly, an art professor at the Institute of Education, said the questions were generally thoughtful and considerate with very few curve balls in the mix.

“It really gave the students a solid platform to demonstrate their abilities and knowledge after two tough years of study.

Veronica Lavin, ASTI subjects representative and teacher at Thomond College, Moylish Park, Moylish, Co. Limerick, said the Higher and Ordinary level tests were both fair and offered plenty of choice.

“There was nothing that would throw them away,” Ms. Lavin said. “Because of Covid-19, students only had to answer a question from two sections instead of one from each of the three.

“At the higher level, the questions asked candidates to think critically.

“Students would have liked the choice in European issues, particularly around Impressionism, but it should be noted that no living female artists appear in section one, question seven.”

Mr Kelly said the European section on the top-level document, in particular, offered a “really reliable” set of questions, including the Gothic question.

“It was also very nice to see Van Gogh appear, especially given the constant flow of [related] events in Dublin this year,” he said.

“The Irish, including Yeats, were great for anyone who saw the incredible display at the National Gallery last year, but the other questions were good, reliable numbers that students should be comfortable with.

“This is the last Leaving Cert art exam in this format,” Kelly said. “Everything is new from next year, so I think it was the perfect way to say goodbye to an exam format that has been used for many decades. Overall, this exam has been one of the most successful Leaving Cert art history questions. »

Try this one at home:

Exit Cert Art History, Higher Level

-Choose one of the following: • James Barry (1741-1806) • Daniel Maclise (1806-1870) • Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) • Mary Swanzy (1882-1978) • Tony O’Malley (1913 -2003) ) • Robert Ballagh (born in 1943) • Colin Davidson (born in 1968). Describe and discuss the work of your chosen artist, making detailed reference to two named works by that artist. Reference subject matter, style, media/materials, techniques and influences in your response. Illustrate your answer.

Kayleen C. Rice