by: Dr. Ting Wing Yan Vivian (Assistant Professor, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University)
I am absolutely skeptical about examinations. Who would have the nerve to grade the works by Giotto, Velazquez, Dong Yuan or Shi Tao? How can mere figures reveal the intellectual pursuits of an artist and sensual explorations in art-making throughout the years? How can quantitative assessments measure the quality of works of art created with one’s imagination and the depth of one’s inner self? Can one state that the voluptuous and coloured rhythm of Matisse in his compositions is less vigorous, compared to the geometric construction of form by Braque? How can the refreshing fluidity in the simple yet polished works of art of San Yu be compared with the energetic and rule-breaking abstract language by Chu Teh-Chun?
Read more “〈回應丁級藝術家的U級書寫〉’A Grade U writing in response to a Grade D artist’”
’Visual Arts’ is not a compulsory subject in the education system of Hong Kong. Generally speaking, only those who are talented or deeply interested in this subject would study this elective subject of Visual Arts. Only they would then have an advantage to enter the Art department of universities. Only they would then be able to easily reach the channel to go in the art world and become artists. The number of artists who hold a Fine Arts degree, therefore, far exceeds the number of artists who do not have such academic background. In other words, for one who does not hold an Arts degree, but want to become an outstanding artist, s/he must be extraordinarily passionate about art.
Read more “〈丁級 vs. 頂級〉’D for Distinction’”
wen yau sat the very last Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) in 2011 and obtained a Grade D in Visual Arts. After striving to learn painting for 2 years, wen yau sat the very last Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) in 2013 and obtained a Grade D in Visual Arts again. The two examinations are gone and replaced by a new system; and the grading of an artist will remain on her resume despite the effort and achievement she has made…
Read more “我是丁級藝術家 I am a Grade D Artist”
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