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Title: VCE Studio Arts

VCE Studio Arts
  • Review of the 2001 exam.
  • Judy Petch

Lets start with what the study design tells us.
  • Length of time
  • Type of questions
  • Knowledge skills
  • Visual material

Exam preparation
  • Understand the language of art.
  • Do you know what the following terms mean?
  • Subject matter
  • Technique
  • Artistic influences
  • Style
  • Art industry issues

Exam Preparation
  • Know the difference between describing and
    interpreting artworks.
  • Description
  • What do I see when I look at this artwork?
  • Analysis
  • How is the work organized?
  • Interpretation
  • What is happening? What is the artist trying to
  • Judgment
  • What do you think of the work?

Jean-Michel Basquiat
Tabac, 1984
Exam preparation
  • Jean-Mechel Basquiat, Tabac, 1984, acrylic and
    oil crayon on canvas. Size 219 by 173cm.
  • This composition is made up of various shapes,
    both realistic and abstract. In the centre of the
    composition is the linear profile of a human head
    with a large distorted eye, extended lips and
    individually identifiable teeth. Inside the mouth
    is a cigarette. The head is supported by a thin
    neck. The back of the head is not drawn in.
    Around the shape of the head are a number of
    other shapes including a lit cigarette, the
    words, nervous system and filter, an angular
    shape like a crown, lines and flat colour. The
    background is flat white and the only other
    colours used in the composition are red, orange,
    black and small amounts of brown. The head is
    drawn in orange and the eye is coloured orange.
    The lips are a vivid red as is the neck. The
    teeth are white and inside the mouth is black.

Exam Preparation
  • The interpretation below has been prepared to
    illustrate one approach to how an art work may be
    interpreted. The interpretation is a personal
    one. A wide range of points have been included in
    the interpretation in order to demonstrate the
    nature of this approach.
  • Basquait has created a powerful statement about
    tobacco and its effects on the human body. The
    skeletal profile of the head combined with the
    large grotesque mouth create a disturbing and
    depressing image of the impact of nicotine. The
    bared stained teeth inside the opened, black
    mouth are the focal point of the composition and
    draw our attention to the cigarette making its
    way through the system. The use of red smeared
    lines reinforces the pathway of this carcinogenic
    substance through the blood stream into the brain
    and down into the lungs. The nose appears to have
    been displaced by some type of external
    apparatus, an oxygen mask maybe?, and reinforces
    the loss of smell and laboured breathing suffered
    by this addiction. The use of words reinforces
    the bleak message.

Exam Preparation
  • Know artists and their artworks.
  • Specific artworks
  • Artistic influences
  • Materials and techniques
  • Work environments
  • Critical interpretation of artworks
  • Personal reactions

Exam Preparation
  • Know your facts
  • Correct names of artists artworks
  • Precise terminology
  • Accurate details e.g. the preservation of
    artworks incorporates factors such as light,
    Relative Humidity and temperature, Biological
    pests, Dust and Airborne pollutants etc
  • Art industry issues/context issue

Exam Preparation
  • Use your practical knowledge to inform your
  • Choice of subject matter/themes
  • Materials and techniques
  • Personal understanding
  • Inspiration
  • Influences

Exam Preparation
  • Only provide new information in short answer
  • Do not repeat the questions
  • Be concise with your language
  • Begin with your response
  • Make your points obvious to the examiner

Exam Preparation
  • Be confident, creative and committed.
  • Plan your time carefully
  • Be active with your revision
  • Share your enthusiasm for art
  • Pool resources with your fellow students
  • Understand, dont memorize
  • Use all of the exam time provided

Good Luck!