Assessing Visual Arts Bodies of Work

Critical dialogue and marking

Critical dialogue involves discussing a body of work to draw out key features, strengths and consider all qualities of the submission in connection with your knowledge of the benchmarks and marking guidelines. It is a highly valuable step in assessing bodies of work. HSC markers are trained to ensure critical dialogue is always undertaken to unpack the standards within the BoW and before they determine their independent marks for a body of work.

In this series of seven videos two experienced Visual Arts teachers demonstrate a critical dialogue and consider each work in relation to the 2020 NESA Marking Support Pack benchmarks and marking criteria. These conversations were largely unscripted and reflect authentic conversations between two experienced art teachers.

1. We Are Awakening

Expressive form – Photomedia

2. Unnatural Being Natural

Expressive form – Painting

3. Reevolution

Expressive form – Painting

4. Priesthood of Pop

Expressive form – Painting

5. Journey

Expressive form – Drawing

6. Elemental Mandala

Expressive form – Digital Media

7. Corner Store

Expressive form – Ceramics

Produced by Creative Arts 7-12, Curriculum Secondary Learners | Curriculum and Reform Directorate

Contact the curriculum team via the Creative Arts Statewide Staffroom

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