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  • CXC 32/G/SYLL 01

    CARIBBEAN EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL

    Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate

    CSEC ®

    VISUAL ARTS SYLLABUS

    Effective for examinations from May/June 2011

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    Published by the Caribbean Examinations Council

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    The Pro-Registrar Caribbean Examinations Council Caenwood Centre 37 Arnold Road, Kingston 5, Jamaica, W.I.

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    Copyright © 2009, by Caribbean Examinations Council The Garrison, St Michael BB14038, Barbados

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  • Contents

    RATIONALE .................................................................................................................................................................. 1

    AIMS ................................................................................................................................................................................. 1

    GENERAL OBJECTIVES .......................................................................................................................................... 2

    RELATED KNOWLEDGE ....................................................................................................................................... 3

    ORGANIZATION OF THE SYLLABUS ............................................................................................................. 3

    SUGGESTED TIME-TABLE ALLOCATION .................................................................................................. 3

    FORMAT OF THE EXAMINATIONS ................................................................................................................ 4

    CRITERIA FOR ASSESSMENT ............................................................................................................................. 5

    WEIGHTING OF EXAMINATION COMPONENTS AND PROFILE DIMENSIONS .................. 6

    CERTIFICATION ........................................................................................................................................................ 6

    REGULATIONS FOR PRIVATE CANDIDATES ........................................................................................... 7

    REGULATIONS FOR RE-SIT CANDIDATES. ............................................................................................... 7

    SAFETY PRACTICES ................................................................................................................................................ 7

    TWO-DIMENSIONAL EXPRESSIVE FORMS ................................................................................................ 8

    DRAWING ..............................................................................................................................................8

    PAINTING AND MIXED-MEDIA ........................................................................................................ 9

    GRAPHIC AND COMMUNICATION DESIGN ..........................................................................10

    PRINTMAKING ........................................................................................................................................... 12

    TEXTILE DESIGN AND MANIPULATION .................................................................................. 13

    THREE-DIMENSIONAL EXPRESSIVE FORMS ........................................................................................... 14

    SCULPTURE AND CERAMICS ............................................................................................................. 14

    LEATHERCRAFT ....................................................................................................................................... 15

    FIBRE AND DECORATIVE ARTS ....................................................................................................... 16

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    THEORY AND PRACTICE OF VISUAL ARTS: Regulations for the Reflective Journal........................... 18

    REGULATIONS FOR THE PRODUCTION PAPER. ................................................................................... 23

    REGULATIONS FOR SETTING, MARKING AND SELECTING SAMPLES FOR SCHOOL BASED ASSESSMENT ........................................................................................................................... 25

    BIBLIOGRAPHY .......................................................................................................................................................... 33

    This document CXC 18/G/SYLL 09 replaces CXC 18/O/SYLL 02 issued in 2002.

    The Visual Arts Syllabus was revised in 2009 for use in examinations from 2011. Major amendments to

    the syllabus are represented in italics.

    Revised in 1996, 2002, 2009

    Please check the website, www.cxc.org for updates on CXC’s syllabuses.

    CXC 18/G/SYLL 09

    http://www.cxc.org/

  • Visual Arts Syllabus

    ◆ RATIONALE

    The Visual Arts area of study encompasses all three domains of learning, namely, cognitive, affective and psychomotor. The pedagogy of the subject covers such topics as the theory and history of art, elements and principles of design and manipulative or practical skills. Visual Arts, therefore, is of great relevance to students as it is important for learning and insight to problem-solving and creativity, evident in the interpretation of their own work and the work of others. The subject offers students the opportunity to acquire a variety of experiences and skills in the areas of art, craft and design. It also fosters interest and enjoyment in the doing, production and consumption of art and seeks to develop informed citizens and raise the standard of cultural awareness among students.

    In the Caribbean, much knowledge and information are communicated through images and spectacle and the visual arts serve to interpret this information and build bridges to understanding the role of art in interpreting our contemporary, historical, cultural and visual world. The Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) syllabus in the Visual Arts will help to promote and encourage tolerance and diversity among students of different ethnic backgrounds, cultures and points of view in the region. The syllabus also helps students to develop intellectually and seeks to refine their critical thinking skills and judgments through research and the making of art.

    The knowledge, understanding, skills and values gained from the CSEC Visual Arts Syllabus will assist students in building conceptual and practical skills which can be applied in art, craft, design and related careers in the world of work. The CSEC Visual Arts Syllabus provides students with a basis for further study, enhances leisure time pursuits and fosters their aesthetic, physical, spiritual, personal and cultural development. The syllabus also focuses on the Caribbean, since there is a pressing need for the people of the region to develop an aesthetic awareness and appreciation of their cultural heritage.

    The syllabus also contributes to the development of selected attributes from the CARICOM Ideal Person document as articulated by the CARICOM Heads of Government. This person is one who demonstrates emotional security with a high level of self-confidence and self-esteem, is aware of the importance of living in harmony with the environment and nurtures its development in the economic and entrepreneurial spheres in all other areas of life (CARICOM Education Strategy, 2000). This holistic development of students aligns with selected competencies advocated in the UNESCO Pillars of learning. These are learning to be, learning to do, and learning to transform one’s self and society.

    ◆ AIMS

    The syllabus aims to:

    1. provide a variety of experiences and skills in the field of the visual arts; 1 CXC 18/G/SYLL 09

  • 2. foster interest and enjoyment in the doing, production and consumption of art and craft;

    3. develop informed citizens and raise the standard of cultural awareness among students;

    4. promote and encourage tolerance and diversity among students of different ethnic backgrounds, cultures and point of view;

    5. provide opportunity for informed decision-making through the development of skills in critical thinking,

    problem solving, research and communication;

    6. develop knowledge of visual arts practitioners and their practice in history and contemporary society.

    ◆ GENERAL OBJECTIVES

    On completion of the syllabus, students should develop:

    1. the ability to perceive, understand and express concepts and feelings in Two-Dimensional and Three- Dimensional Expressive Forms;

    2. the ability to record ideas from direct observation and personal experience;

    3. the ability to communicate by using appropriate materials and technologies in a disciplined way;