Assessing Visual Arts Bodies of Work

Practice marking

In this series of seven videos our Visual Arts teachers examine and then individually mark bodies of work in a range of expressive forms. Their comments are largely unscripted and reflect their familiarisation with the 2020 NESA Marking Support Pack.

Teachers can use these videos to practice mark with a colleague/s so that they can engage in the important step of critical dialogue. Viewing the full range of videos aides in understanding several different expressive forms and provides opportunity to assess works that reflect a range of marks.


Pause the video when the music stops and refer to the NESA Marking criteria before determining independent marks.

You may wish to jot down your thoughts using the Assessing bodies of work template.

Then watch the remainder of the video to see how one teacher accounted for their individual process when allocating a mark to each body of work.

1. Luna Exploration Module

Expressive form – Drawing

2. Looking With Eyes Wide Shut

Duration 3:41
Video transcript – Looking With Eyes Wide Shut

Expressive form – Photomedia

3. Hope

Expressive form – Drawing

4. Detritus

Expressive form – Photomedia

5. Untitled

Expressive form – Painting

6. Perceptions

Expressive form – Photomedia

7. The Broken China

Expressive form – Painting

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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