Art History (H): Majority of students will be happy with this paper
Reaction to Leaving Cert 2017 Art History and the Appreciation of Art (Higher Level) by Angela Mary Griffith, Art History teacher at The Institute of Education.
The majority of students should feel very lucky and happy with this Art History paper. If they prepared the most common topics from the last few years for each section, they should do very well. The questions were very focused / specific, so students who took a broader approach to the periods they studied may have had fewer opportunities to demonstrate their breadth of knowledge.
A very fair representation of the common range of topics covered by teachers.
Students were given good direction and should have been able to structure their essays as heading were provided throughout.
The images in this section were good and of value to students.
Students would have been very pleased to see a Neolithic question. The question asked for two tombs however, so students who had only studied Newgrange would have been at a disadvantage.
John Lavery and Louis LeBrocquy appeared in the 20th Century Irish painting questions. Lavery was most straightforward while students were asked to explore the theme of isolation in relation to LeBrocquy.
It was disappointing to see only two women, Mary Swanzy and Nano Reid, and only one living artist, Jim Fitzpatrick, in the popular list question on Irish artists.
Questions were phrased in a direct manner, with headings clearly listed,
Many students will be disappointed that there was no individual question on Impressionist painting.
This was a very controlled section and students had little room to interpret or demonstrate the range of their visual awareness.
In European architecture/sculpture students were asked to give a comparison between Romanesque and Gothic. There were no images to assist students. This was a challenging answer to give in the time allocated and time management may have been an issue.
Michelangelo’s presence on the paper would have pleased many students of the Renaissance. The Doni Tondo was illustrated and students were asked to discuss his treatment of the figure. The headings were straightforward and students had to select and discuss a second work by the artist.