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    ALL SHORT-LISTED LEARNERS ARE REQUIRED TO WRITE A TEST COMPRISED OF LITERACY,        NUMERACY AND ARTISTIC LITERACY



   
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ONLINE SUBMISSION OF ART WORK REQUIREMENTS FOR ART

 

 GRADES 8 AND 9

 

 Submission of Artwork Guidelines

  1. One-page essay in English.
  2. One clear photo of your complete wooden chair
  3. One clear photo of your complete self-portrait
  4. One clear photo of your complete paper/textile
  5. AFFIDAVIT from a police station stating that the work submitted is the original and unaided work of the applicant (learner).
  1. ESSAY: Write a One-page essay in English on: Why I would like to study at the NSA and the career that I want to follow after Grade 12.
  1. ARTWORK 1: A3 size Pencil drawing of a wooden chair. The chair must be drawn from life. In other words do not copy from a photo or a drawing from the internet. Use a chair from the place where you are staying.

Your artwork will be assessed on the following criteria: 

  • Understanding of (positive & negative) space and perspective drawing
  • Use of formal design elements and principle of art/design
  • Technique and craftsmanship and use of material
  • Professional presentation of work (neatness)
  1. ARTWORK 2: A self-portrait of at least 50 cm x 30 cm: You may use pencil, colour pencils, paint, etc. Your self-portrait must be drawn from life. Draw yourself in the mirror. Pay attention to how the face is divided before working on your final portrait. Do not copy from a photo or a drawing from the internet

Your artwork will be assessed on the following criteria: 

  • Creativity and originality
  • Use of formal design elements and principle of design
  • Technique and craftsmanship, evidence of design involvement (own work)
  • Professional presentation of work (neatness)
  1. ARTWORK 3: A design of a wall paper/textile for any purpose, in colour (e.g. pattern for fabric/tile etc. or a poster). 

Your artwork will be assessed on the following criteria: 

  • Creativity and originality
  • Use of formal design elements and principle of design
  • Technique and craftsmanship, evidence of design involvement (own work)
  • Professional presentation of work (neatness and functionality of the design)

GRADES 10 AND 11

 

Submission of Artwork Guidelines

  1. Two-page essay in English.
  2. One clear photo of your complete still life (Visual Art)
  3. Three clear photos of each of the three logo ideas and One photo of your final logo for your Cheese Label and Logo
  4. Four clear photos of your 3-Dimensional (3D) self portrait. You must capture the Top-View, Left Side-View, Right Side-View and Front-View of your Self Portrait. All of the photos must have a LION matchbox next to them for reference purposes.
  5. AFFIDAVIT from a police station stating that the work submitted is the original and unaided work of the applicant (learner).
  1. ESSAY: Write a Two-page essay in English on: Why I would like to study at the NSA and the career that I want to follow after Grade 12.
  1. ARTWORK 1: Visual Art (Still Life) A still-life is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which are either natural (food, flowers, dead animals, plants, rocks, shells, etc.) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, etc.
  • Set-up a still-life of different objects that describe you as a person e.g. your favorite clothes, shoes, toys, books, precious items.
  • Firstly make three small A5 size sketches of your still-life in different views/perspectives.
  • From your three sketches decide which one has interesting composition and use it to RE-DO it on A3 as your final artwork. When you do this keep in mind the proportions of your objects and how they relate to each other. It is best to first draw the outline of your still-life in line pencil and when you are happy with your composition and proportions then start using your chosen mediums.  
  • Divide your still-life into four or more sections in any configuration of your choosing. For each section of your still-life choose a medium that you are comfortable with and use it there. Note that you may not repeat any medium in the different sections. For each section of your still-life you can add a different drawing surface to draw on.
  • The main aim of this activity is for you to display how you handle different art materials, your understanding of elements of art e.g. space (negative& positive), texture, light/tone, shape, form and colour. One of your sections must be done in colour medium.
  • This artwork must be in A3 size or bigger and part of it can be a collage, painting, mixed media, charcoal, drawing ink, soft pastel, water colour, pencil, kokipen, permanent marker or highlighters

Look at the examples below for reference.

         

Your artwork will be assessed on the following criteria: 

  • Choice and use of materials/techniques: Suitability of material and technique according to the concept. Technical skill
  • Use of formal art elements: The importance of the elements and principles of art, such as line, shape, colour, texture, space, rhythm, balance, harmony, proportion and composition
  • Overall impression of work – originality, creativity, Attention to detail
  • Interpretation and practical brief: A personal interpretation of a theme. Experimenting. Completion and presentation of artwork
  1. ARTWORK 2: 2D DESIGN (CHEESE LABEL AND LOGO)


    The main function of graphic design is to convey a brand in an eye catching and striking manner.Graphic design deals with the more commercial side of art:- advertising, printing, promotional work. It can include symbols, lettering, logos, labels, signs, posters, billboards, CD and DVD covers, book covers, book illustrations and book/magazine layout. Graphic design is also used in brochure design, menu design, invitations, catalogues, tickets and packaging and label design. Graphics are also used in films and animation.

     

    Graphic design is two dimensional. This two dimensional work is normally applied by printing or painting on a flat surface, such as paper, card or board, which is then made into packages, boxes or containers. It can also be printed on a three dimensional structures such as bottles.

    The message to be conveyed in graphic design can involve visual images, lettering or a combination of both.

Design brief

  • To design an Irish farmhouse cheese label & logo for Claire Coogan
  • You need to submit three ideas for the design and one final logo
  • Materials: Poster or gouache paint, firm white paper, sharp pencil (to design rough ideas first – then to draw out final design)
  • Size of Label: 170 mm across
  • Use only two colours. The label must be round, as that is the shape of the cheese
  • The cheese is yellow/cream in colour, and slightly lighter on the inside.
  • The design must also be suitable for use on posters, letterheads and business cards
  • Keep in mind that your label must be based on the three "C"s namely Claire Coogan's Cheese

Your artwork will be assessed on the following criteria: 

  • Creativity and originality
  • Use of formal design elements and principle of design
  • Technique and craftsmanship, evidence of design involvement (own work)
  • Professional presentation of work (neatness)
  1. ARTWORK 3:  3D DESIGN (3-D SELF-PORTRAIT)

Create a 3-Dimensional Interpretation of self-portrait, in any medium and executed in any way that is appropriate.

  • A self-portrait is defined as a drawing, painting, or written description that you do of yourself.
  • In simple terms a self-portrait is a representation of an artist that is drawn, painted, photographed, or sculpted by that artist.
  • In a deeper sense it is one of the identifying and distinguishing factors that is the artist's way of seeing.
  • Think of things that create ‘’SELF’’ or things that distinguish you from others, especially considering that the object is one of introspection or reflexive action.
  • The dictionary defines a self portrait as:
    • a likeness of a person, especially of the face, as a painting, drawing, or photograph.
    • a verbal picture or description, usually of a person: a biography that provides a fascinating portrait of an 18th-century rogue.

NOTE: This must be a 3-DIMENSIONAL SELF-PORTRAIT.

 

Your artwork will be assessed on the following criteria: 

 
  • Likeness, either Physical or Emotional
  • Use of material/s and technical ability
  • Understanding of elements and principles of Art/Design
  • Understating of 3D interpretation.
 

 
 

  ONLINE SUBMISSIONS: VIDEO AUDITION REQUIREMENTS FOR DANCE

 

Must be a ballet class

 

Uniform

 

Girls:     Plain leotard (no skirt), ballet tights, soft ballet shoes, pointe shoes if you have been training on pointe already (for Grades 9 – 11)

Boys:     Plain tights (no baggy shorts), close fitting t-shirt or leotard, socks, soft ballet shoes

 

Please position camera hallway between front and side (diagonal) for barre to show full range of movements

  1. BARRE WORK – 5 minutes
  • Plies (demi and full in 1st,2nd and 5th) with cambres (forward, side and back)  and rond de jambs a terre – shown on right side only
  • Battements tendus and battement glissses – shown on left side only
  • Adage – simple develope en croix – shown right side and left side
  • Grand battements – en croix – shown right side and left side
  • Stretching –  shouldering leg & splits (left, right, middle)

Please position camera in front of applicant for centre to show full body and movement

  1. CENTRE WORK – 5 minutes
  • Simple Port de bras and adage
  • Pirouettes en dehors and en dedans
  • Warm up jump – sautes in first, second, and changements
  • Medium allegro – jetes, assembles
  1. POINTE WORK –  for grades 9 – 11 only if already taught
  • Echappes and releves (at barre for grade 9, in the centre for grade 10 and 11)
  1. OPTIONAL SOLO – no longer than 1 minute (any genre)

 

 
 

ONLINE SUBMISSIONS: VIDEO AUDITION REQUIREMENTS FOR DRAMA 

Video guidelines:
  • Videos should be not be longer than 2 mins each.
  • The videos should be filmed in such a way that the whole body is visible and the applicant is audible.
  • The camera should not move around nor zoom in but should remain still. The applicant however may move around as long as they are always visible.

The candidates must be skilled and prepared in the following deliverables: believable,authentic character performance, without script, from one of the prescribed monologues  The performance must demonstrate that the candidate has the ability to:

  • transform into a believable character other than the self
  • visualize clearly the setting where the scene is happening
  • know whether the monologue is addressed to another character or to the self or to the audience
  • sustain focus and energy

Applicants will upload two videos.


VIDEO ONE: the applicant must perform the relevant monologue chosen from the options BELOW (click on the chosen monologue to download it). Follow the guidelines above on how to perform the monologue.
GRADE 8 & 9 MONOLOGUES (Choose only 1 option)
FEMALE MONOLOGUE
MALE MONOLOGUE
by Alan Ayckbourn
by Penny Phillips
by James Saunders
by Mary Hayley Bell
adapted by Jacqueline Emery
by Jack Rosenthal
by Mary Hayley Bell
by William Shakespeare

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GRADE 10 & 11 MONOLOGUES (Choose 1 option only) 
FEMALE MONOLOGUE
MALE MONOLOGUE
by Athol Fugard 
by Elise Thompson
by Paul Slabolepszy    
by Michael Schulman
by Oscar Wilde 
by Barney Simon
by Casey Kurtti  
by Athol Fugard

 

VIDEO TWO: applicant may do any performance they choose except singing. Examples are to perform a poem, to perform their favourite book or even perform a speech they did at school. These are examples, applicants could choose something else. This video is to show off the applicant's talent for performing.


 

 


VNLINE SUBMISSIONS VIDEO AUDITION REQUIREMENTS FOR MUSIC
 

ALL LEARNERS WHO AUDITION FOR GRADE 9 – 11 MUST BE ABLE TO READ SHEET MUSIC IN STAFF NOTATION.

 

Learner must upload a video with their chosen piece of not more than 3 minutes. No own composition may be performed.


Video guidelines:

  • Introduce yourself, state the instrument and the name of the piece.
  • The video should be filmed in such a way that your whole body is visible throughout your performance.
  • The camera should not move around nor zoom in but should remain still. The applicant may move around as long as they are always visible.

Orchestral instruments:

The piece may be accompanied or unaccompanied. You may play from memory or from a score.


Voice:

Choose one of the prescribed pieces below (click on the links to download). The chosen piece MUST be sung from memory.

 
BOYS GIRLS
All of me – John Stephens    

Score

Song

Backtrack

Angel – Sarah McLachlan

Score

Song

Backtrack

Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen 

Score

Song

Backtrack

Beautiful – Linda Perry

Score

Song

Backtrack

Make you feel my love – Bob Dylan   

Score

Song

Backtrack

Piece by Piece – Katie Melua

Score

Song

Backtrack

Your song – Elton John    

Score

Song

Backtrack

The Rose –Bette Midler

Score

Song

Backtrack


Drumkit: Applicants must perform the following (click on the links to download):

 
1. Rudiments   (Grade 1 Rudiments)

2. Exercises 1 -3   (Exercise Nos. 1-3)

3. Choose ONE of the songs below to perform

CHAIN OF FOOLS 

Score

Song

With Click

Without Click

ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT  

Score

Song

With Click

Without Click