Junior Cert Art Marking Scheme For Essay

Leaving Certificate Art Higher Level

Life Sketching Total 50 marks

Materials may include a variety of papers and media including pencil, graphite, charcoal, ink and brush,

crayons, paint, conte, etc. The combining of various media and materials is acceptable

Pose 1:

Short pose (15 mins) 20 marks: a wide range of approach appropriate to Higher Level is acceptable including swift gesture drawings. Indicating the background context is acceptable.

A Composition 5marks

• composition: use of the sheet as a whole; use of positive and negative


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• personal creative response: the full figure must be attempted in the pose

as stated in the examination paper.

B Proportion 5marks

 • anatomical correctness of the drawing: the relationship of parts to the


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C Tone/Line 5marks

 • use of light and shade in chosen medium as an integral aspect of

depiction of three-dimensional form.

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• shading or line quality/weight; creative use of media.

D Form/Volume 5marks

 • the 2D representation of the 3D solidity of the body through the use of

any medium or technique, or combination, including line.

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Total: 20marks


Long Pose 2 (30 mins): 30 Marks:a more detailed study of the body: head and shoulders or complete figure.

Both very detailed drawings and strong expressive drawing are acceptable.

A Composition 6marks

Composition: use of negative space, the sheet as a whole, indicating the

background context is acceptable. Individual interpretation of and personal

expressive response to the complete figure or head and shoulders/half figure

option as stated in the pose: personal selection of material and media.

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B Proportion 6marks

Anatomical correctness of the drawing: (the relationship of parts to the whole)

of the complete figure or head and shoulders/half figure option as stated in the

pose; full figure or head and shoulders should be attempted.

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C Tone/Line 6marks

Use of light and shade in chosen medium and materials as an integral aspect of

the drawing; line drawing leading to individual interpretation and expressive

response; individual interpretation and expressive response/personal selection

of material and media-style.

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D Form/Volume 6marks

 How the 2D representation suggests the 3D solidity of the body by using any

medium or technique, including line, leading to individual interpretation and

expressive response.

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E Detail 6marks

The detailed treatment of aspect/s of the figure as an integral part of the

drawing of the complete figure or head and shoulders/half figure option as

stated in the pose.

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Overall impact of the finished piece.

How the candidate demonstrates proficiency in technical and compositional

elements in order to create a personal individual response .

Total – 30marks




Leaving Certificate Hons level art

Preparatory sketches(research sheet) (A2 size sheet) are done a week before the exam and should indicate that the candidate has:

·         researched his/her chosen question from the exam paper.

·         gathered relevant information through sketches, colour studies, textural studies, materials etc.

·          begun to develop ideas.

The final design proposal should not be developed at this stage.

Development of Ideas

1) Sketches 10

Preliminary sketches (A2) are done in the exam and the candidate should demonstrate the

ability to

􀂃analyse the work done on the preparatory/research sheet.

􀂃tease out ideas and so lead to a final design proposal.

􀂃indicate the technique to be use to make the poster.

The work presented on this sheet should show a significant development from the preparatory sheet.

The 10 marks are awarded for this sheet.

2) Design Suitability 5

The design proposal should be

􀂃relevant to the question that the candidate has selected on the exam paper.

􀂃communicate the message of the poster.

􀂃feasible to execute within the timeframe of the exam.

3) Design Development 10

The candidate’s design should

􀂃be developed through the preliminary sketches.

􀂃be of Leaving Certificate standard (OL/HL).

􀂃show visual awareness.



Use ofColour/Light 5

The candidate should demonstrate an ability to communicate

􀂃through the use of colour.

􀂃through the use of images.

 Interpretation 10

 The candidate should demonstrate

􀂃an imaginative and creative approach to the question.

􀂃an ability to develop ideas.

􀂃an ability to critically analyse work in progress and to make adjustments where appropriate.

Technique 10

The candidate should

􀂃employ an appropriate technique to carry out his/her design.

􀂃demonstrate proficiency in the chosen technique.

􀂃show an awareness of good practice .. personalised lettering, stenciled or hand rendered.


Realisation 10

The finished poster should be

􀂃the execution of the design proposed in the preliminary sheet.

􀂃technically correct.

 Layout 10

The candidate should

􀂃display the confidence in layout.

􀂃display some awareness of the capabilities of the chosen medium.

􀂃demonstrate an awareness of various techniques employed in hand made posters.

􀂃be aware of the harmonisation of graphics and typography.

Lettering style10

The candidate should show and awareness

􀂃of the importance of good construction of lettering.

􀂃of typography appropriate to the message

􀂃of the importance of symbolism in graphic communication.

Images 10

The work presented

􀂃should be constructed and finished to a degree that it fulfills the design brief (exam question).

􀂃should communicate the message in a clear manner.


The candidate should

􀂃manipulate colour so that it is effective in conveying the message of the poster

􀂃select colour to attract attention

􀂃be aware of the psychology of colour.

The Art History course is huge and covers many topics but there is lots of choice on the paper, so hone in on the sections that you enjoy or are good at. The remaining marks are given based on a practical coursework exam in May, which includes life sketching, still life or abstract composition and Design or Craftwork. 

Art History Course Content

Appreciation - Architecture and Renovation

Appreciation - Film Studies

Appreciation - Gallery Visit

Appreciation - Graphic Design

Appreciation - Product Design

Early Christian Ireland - Manuscripts

Early Christian Ireland - Metalwork

Europe - Gothic Architecture

Europe - Impressionist

Europe - Medieval

Europe - Renaissance

Generic Qs - Categories

Generic Qs - Movements

Ireland - Georgian Architecture and Arts

Ireland - Modern Artists and Designers

Ireland - Romantic Period

Pre Christian - Bronze Age

Pre Christian - Iron Age

Pre-Christian - Burial and monastic sites

The Exam

37.5% of the marks are for a written exam on Art History. The remaining 62.5% is awarded for an exam in May based on practical coursework to include life sketching, still life or abstract composition and Design or Craftwork. 

Future Careers with Leaving Certificate Art

Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Web Design, Animation, Graphic Design, Photography

Download the Leaving Cert Art Syllabus

Download the Leaving Cert Art Chief Examiner's Report (2013) 



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