One of the “biggest hits of Leaving Cert art history questions” was how one teacher described the old curriculum’s final art exam.
Fifth-years are already studying a new spec in the subject, and judging by today’s reaction, the 2022 exam will be remembered for its fond farewell.
“I think it was the perfect way to say goodbye to an exam format that has been used for many decades,” said Declan Kelly of the Institute of Education in Dublin.
He said it was a “very generous review”, with “generally thoughtful” questions and “very few curveballs in the mix”.
“It really gave the students a solid platform to demonstrate their abilities and knowledge after two tough years of study,” he added.
Another teacher, Clodagh O’Hara, a subject representative for the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI), said “everyone is absolutely delighted” with the article.
She had spoken to fellow art teachers and students who all agreed that they “couldn’t have asked for more”.
Ms O’Hara said there was ‘great choice and something for every student who had done their homework and put in a bit of grafting’, she said.
Like all Leaving Cert papers this year, students had more choices and fewer questions to answer and, in art, that meant two questions from three sections, instead of one from each section.
Veronica Lavin, a subject representative for the Association of Secondary Teachers’ Ireland (ASTI) agreed that this was a “very fair article, with a wide and enjoyable choice”.
Mr Kelly said the section on art in Ireland was ‘ideal for anyone who saw the Yeats exhibition at the National Gallery last year, while the other questions were ‘good reliable figures with which students should be comfortable”.
European art had “a really reliable set of questions, especially the Gothic question. It was also very nice to see Van Gogh appear – especially given the constant flow of events in Dublin this year,’ he said.
Mr Kelly described the art appreciation section, as ‘very solid and reminiscent of past trials, with the museum issue particularly well established’.
Ms O’Hara from St Patrick’s Comprehensive School, Shannon, Co Clare and MS Lavin from Thomond College, Limerick, also both described the ordinary level paper as fair for students.