Internal Assessment Resource
3.3 Art History
Subject Reference: Art History
Supports internal assessment for:
Achievement Standard 90492 v2
Examine media and processes in art.
Topic: High Renaissance Painting Techniques
Student Instruction Sheet
This activity involves examining three media used in High
Renaissance painting. You are to
complete flowcharts to show the processes used for each painting medium and compare the
effects of the media with reference to three paintings. You will then draw
conclusions about the impact of media and processes on art.
You will have two hours of class time and complete the assessment activity as homework over
Monday, 6 April 2009 at the beginning of
This assessment is to be handed in on
lunch in room E1 or the Art Department office. Failure to do so will result in a Not Achieved
three tasks in this assessment. You must complete all three tasks.
Task 1: Describing Media and Processes
For each of the three media and paintings given below, construct a flowchart to
describe each medium and the main steps used in each of the painting processes.
Use an A3 sheet for your flowcharts. Your description of the processes will show both a written
description and the use of diagrams to show the processes. Your A3 sheet should also include the
colour image from the ones detailed below.
Fresco: Michelangelo. The Last Judgment. 1534-1541.
Tempera: Alessandro Botticelli. Venus and Mars. 1483.
Oil: Raphael. Marriage of the Virgin. 1504.
Task Two: Comparing the Effects of Media and Processes
Use the following table to compare the effects of the media and processes in the three paintings. All points
must be covered.
Effects achieved through the Effects achieved through the Effects achieved through the
medium of fresco painting in medium of tempera painting in medium of oil painting in
Michelangelo’s The Last Alessandro Botticelli’s Venus Raphael’s Marriage of the
Judgment, 1534-1541. and Mars, 1483 Virgin, 1504.
Using your completed chart, explain the importance of the choice of media and process for each artist. This
will be done in a summary paragraph for each artist. In your paragraphs you need to consider and discuss how each
process resulted in different overall effects on the final product.
Task Three: Drawing Conclusions
Imagine that you are an artist working in the High Renaissance who has been commissioned by a private patron to
paint an image for their private library/chapel. In approximately 500 words you must discuss the media you wish
to use to create the art work. In your discussion must evaluate the impact of media and processes on the style
and content of the art work you would like to create for the patron. Use specific evidence from the art works
you examined in Tasks 1 and 2 to support your evaluation.
A good place to start looking into each art work may be the internet. There are many sites that discuss in detail the
processes required for the creation of art works during the High Renaissance. Here are some recommended sites you
may wish to look at for a starting point.
Please note that there are also books in the department such as Vasari’s Lives of the Artists, The Art of the
Renaissance by Peter and Linda Murray, and History of Italian Renaissance Art published by Thames and Hudson.
Again, these are a starting point but also visit the school and city library for assistance on resources.
Achievement Achievement with Merit Achievement with Excellence
Describe a range of art media Explain the importance of Evaluate the impact of media
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and processes. media and processes in and processes on style and
producing different effects in content in art.
Compare the effects of media
and processes on art works.