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Grade Ladder – Graphics – Year 8
Task Description Skills being tested Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4
Design Brief & Analysis Ability to break down the task to understand what is required. Ability to decide what relevant research is required. Basic decisions have been made based on the brief. Student understands what they have been asked to produce. Simple analysis listing a few options for research. Decisions have been made based on the brief. Student understands what they have been asked to produce. Analysis listing options for research. Layout and presentation good. Detailed decisions have been made based on the brief. Student understands fully what they have been asked to produce. Detailed analysis listing options for research. Layout and presentation is excellent. Detailed decisions have been made based on the brief. Student understands fully what they have been asked to produce. Detailed analysis listing options for research. Layout and presentation is excellent. Overall looks professional and high quality.
Theme mood board Suitability of images and information, amount of sources, range of media, composition. Collect images from 2+ sources to produce a mood board which shows the ‘theme’ choice fairly well. Balanced sheet with images cut out neatly and nicely presented. Collect images from 3+ sources to produce a mood board which shows the theme choice well. Layout has been considered and the sheet is full of relevant images, which are neatly cut out and presented very well. Use a variety of sources (4+) and other different media to produce a mood board which clearly represents the theme and the page is full. Images are overlaid, mood board has texture and variety. Layout is good. Use a wide variety of sources (5+) and other different media to produce a mood board which clearly represents the theme, is busy and inspirational. Images are overlaid, mood board has texture and variety. Layout is very good. A creative and confident response to the task.
Artist Studies

Media Work

Presentation Work

Accuracy, interpretation, use of grids/tracing paper, use of different media. A fairly accurate copy of part/all of the artist’s work has been made. Colour has been applied neatly using 2 types of media. Grids/tracing paper has been used in part, where appropriate to enhance work. An accurate copy of part/all of the artist’s work has been made. Colour has been applied skilfully using a variety (3+) of media.

At this level grids & tracing paper will not generally be necessary, but teacher should take this into account in awarding levels.

A quality interpretation of an artist’s work has been created. A wide range of media has been used, showing very good skills. Layout and presentation of the work has been considered. A quality, accurate interpretation of an artist’s work has been created. A wide range of media has been used, showing very good skills. Layout and presentation is very good. A creative, confident and individual response to the task.
PhotoShop Tutorial Work

Photoshop own experimental work

[NB: this section of the grid will only apply if computers are available – projects may not have Photoshop work in all cases]

Use of a range of tools, accuracy, quality of final outcomes. Ability to follow a given tutorial to create a suitable outcome. Can carry out a tutorial based exercise using PhotoShop.

Can produce an advertising poster.

Can name and use some basic tools.

Can carry out a tutorial based exercise using PhotoShop and apply to other work.

Can produce an advertising poster.

Can name and use several basic tools.

Can carry out a tutorial based exercise using PhotoShop and apply to other work. Asks questions and experiments to further develop skills.

Can produce a good quality advertising poster.

Can name and use several basic tools and experiments.

Can carry out a tutorial based exercise using PhotoShop and applies this to other work. Asks questions and experiments to further develop skills. Shares knowledge & skills with other students

Can produce a high quality advertising poster, with filters, layer/text effects etc.

Can confidently name and use several tools in photoshop.

Drawing Ideas e.g. Card designs and message lettering

Colouring

 Annotating

Accuracy, scale & proportion, use of grids, letter formation, applying the rules of a ‘good logo’ or a suitable font style for the product. Ideas are suitable for the style, letters are clear, final message or logo is neatly drawn and 2 colours applied.

For logo design – rules of a good logo are evident in design.

Ideas reflect the artist style and ‘event being celebrated’, letters are bold, clear and well formed, final logo/message is neatly drawn and 2 colours applied accurately.

For logo design – rules of a good logo have been applied well.

Ideas are catchy and reflect the artist style and celebratory event very well, letters are clear and well formed, final logo is ‘clever’. 2 Colours are applied neatly and some thought as to their suitability in the design.

For logo design – rules of a good logo have been applied very well.

Ideas are catchy and obviously reflect the artist style and celebratory event, letters are suitable, bold, clear and well formed, final logo is ‘clever’. 2-3 Colours are appropriate to the design and applied accurately.

For logo design – rules of a good logo have been applied very well to create a professional look.

Analysis work e.g.

 Gift Card Analysis

Gift Wrap Analysis

Lettering Analysis

Artist Work Analysis

Ability to analyse work. Use of subject related language to express personal opinions, suggest materials, methods and influences. Ability to break down and identify elements of a graphic product. Ability to use a writing frame for analysis work. Be able to use simple subject terms to describe the elements in existing examples. Have personal opinions about existing examples. Try to identify how existing work has been produced. Use a writing frame to analyse work with basic language. Be able to use subject terms to describe the elements in existing examples. Have personal opinions about existing examples. Identify how existing work has been produced, and materials & methods used. Use a writing frame to analyse work in some detail with basic subject language. Be able to use subject terms to describe the elements in existing examples. Have personal opinions about existing examples. Be able to link analysis work to own project. Identify how existing work has been produced, and suggest influences, materials and methods. Use a writing frame to analyse work in detail using subject language. Be able to confidently use subject terms to describe the elements in existing examples. Have strong, personal opinions about existing examples. Be able to link analysis work to own project. Identify how existing work has been produced, and suggest influences, materials and methods. Use a writing frame to analyse work in detail with high-level subject language.
Card Modelling

Gift Box Modelling

POP-Ups

Other practical skills being shown e.g. quilling, decoupage etc.

Does the mechanism or net work? Accuracy of drawing, accuracy of making, quality of finish The mechanism (1 mechanism)/net (basic shape) works.

Shape and size is drawn correctly.

Card/packaging is completed with colour and is a working product.

The mechanisms (2 mechanism)/net (fairly basic shape) works.

Shape and size is drawn correctly and accurately.

Card/packaging is completed with good quality colour graphics and is a suitable working product.

The mechanisms (2 mechanisms)/net (more complex e.g. self locking base) works well.

Shape and size is drawn correctly and accurately, showing folds and cut lines.

Card/packaging is completed with very good quality colour graphics and is suitable for purpose.

The mechanisms (2+)/net (more complex e.g. self locking base & complex shape) works very well.

Shape and size is drawn correctly, neatly and accurately, showing folds and cut lines.

Card/packaging is completed with excellent quality colour graphics and is suitable for purpose. A quality working product.

Developing ideas by hand or ICT

Recording Development steps.

The ability to refine & experiment. The ability to use experimental work to aid decision making in the design process.

The ability to record, present and explain how final products are created from initial ideas.

There is some refinement from initial idea to final product.

Experimental work has taken place and is recorded.

Some stages of development are recorded.

The ‘design journey’ is seen with some basic explanations of ‘why’ choices were made.

There is refinement from initial idea to final product, showing a simple understanding of what development is.

Experimental work has taken place, and is recorded.

Main stages of development are recorded.

The ‘design journey’ is seen with some simple explanations of decision making.

There clear of refinement from initial idea to final product, showing an understanding of what development is.

Experimental work has taken place to aid refinement and decision making, and is recorded.

ALL main stages of development are recorded and clearly shown.

The ‘design journey’ is seen with some explanations of decision making.

There is a high level of refinement from initial idea to final product, showing a clear understanding of what development is.

Experimental work has taken place to aid refinement and decision making, and is recorded.

ALL stages of development are recorded and clearly shown.

A clear ‘design journey’ is seen with explanations of decision making, where appropriate.

Production and Presentation of final products

i.e. accuracy, print quality, mounting etc.

Accuracy & quality of final products. The ability to produce life-like mock ups. Presentation skills. Products are complete and answer the requirements of the brief. Products link to artist style on a basic level. Products generally satisfy the set Brief. Some link to artist style.

Products are accurately made.

Products are mounted neatly on a presentation board.

Products satisfy the Design Brief

Products are well made ‘mock-ups’ of real-life products. Artist links are clear in final products.

Products are neatly mounted on a decorated presentation board.

Products fulfil  all aspects of the Design Brief

Products are made accurately & finished professionally.

Eye-catching presentation board.  A creative personal response, with very clear links to the specified artist.