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High-School Art Assignment 7: Triptych Painting

In the Triptych Painting Assignment, each Art student was given 3 square canvasses and the students had to create three-piece Triptych Paintings which either had to: a)-convey a conceptual theme from three different viewpoints; b)-tell a story in three consecutive parts; /or c)-convey a message through the application of three symbolic images, while making a personal statement about a specific topic.

The Triptych Painting Assignment can therefore be considered as ‘Conceptual Art’, (also referred to as ‘conceptualism’), meaning that the concept /or symbolic messaging behind these artworks, took precedence over traditional aesthetic, technical, and material concerns.

Although the Art students were provided with complete freedom regarding their chosen conceptual art themes, they were originally provided with a ‘Conceptual Art Theme List’ which was meant to assist struggling Art students in their investigative art journey.

However, the Art students were also advised to select a topic that they were particularly passionate about, as creating conceptual artworks from a place of ‘interest’ or ‘excitement’, undeniably reflects in the quality of work produced.

From a planning perspective, the Art students were challenged to create three-piece triptych paintings that were intended to form one unified artwork, (fitting together like the pieces of a puzzle), as opposed to creating three separate images without any visual correlation. Achieving this was certainly ‘easier said than done’.

Furthermore, the application of semi-realistic painting techniques was required in the foregrounds as well as texturing techniques in the backgrounds, in order to achieve visual contrast.

Triptych Painting Assessment Criteria:


a.1)-The student accurately demonstrates knowledge of key terms /or details which are associated with the chosen topic, as demonstrated in his /or her oral presentation. 


b.1)-The student is able to communicate, express and reflect upon key aspects of his /or her Triptych paintings, in a meaningful & insightful manner through oral presentation. 


c.1)-The student demonstrates a well-planned conceptual theme & composition, through the arrangement of Art Elements and Principles of Design.


d.1)-The student applies techniques to create a highly detailed artwork that expresses his /or her chosen theme.
d.2)-The student applies painting techniques, detail, creativity & neatness in his /or her overall execution.