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
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
• 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
C Tone/Line 5marks
• use of light and shade in chosen medium as an integral aspect of
depiction of three-dimensional form.
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The finished poster should be
the execution of the design proposed in the preliminary sheet.
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.
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.
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
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)