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Photographic and Digital Media Years 7–10: Advice on Programming and Assessment

5.2.1Sample assessment for learning activity: Shapes and Shadows – Photographic Series


Students in Year 9 have explored some conventions and procedures of still forms and wet photographic, camera-based practices. They have developed their skills in using an SLR camera and darkroom procedures and printing techniques. They have explored the structural frame and how photographers in different times and places have made series of photographic images using light and dark as signs and symbols to communicate meaning. The purpose of this activity is for students to use shapes and shadows and light and dark as visual codes to represent different ideas and interests about the world to an audience.


A student:


develops range and autonomy in selecting and applying photographic and digital media conventions and procedures to make photographic and digital works


makes photographic and digital works informed by their understanding of the function of and relationships between artist-artwork-world-audience


makes photographic and digital works informed by an understanding of how the frames affect meaning


investigates the world as a source of ideas, concepts and subject matter for photographic and digital works


makes informed choices to develop and extend concepts and different meanings in their photographic and digital works


selects appropriate procedures and techniques to make and refine photographic and digital works.

Description of activity

Students record, through sketches in their Photographic and Digital Media journal, aspects of the school environment focusing on different viewpoints and juxtapositions of shapes and shadows to create a series of at least three prints. Students investigate the conceptual framework, and the structural frame to develop their intentions, and communicate meaning through visual codes. They select and take their shots using black and white film and print their images. Students consider how these images together convey meaning, atmosphere and a narrative about the physical aspects of the world. The suggested duration of this assessment activity is 3–4 lessons (80 minutes each).

Criteria for assessing learning

(These criteria would normally be communicated to the students with the task or activity.)

Students will be assessed on their:

understanding of the conventions of still forms, wet photography and camera-based works to represent meaning and establish a photographic series through their:

use of preliminary sketches to plan shots

use of a camera to isolate and frame shots, and capture a variety of viewpoints and angles

understanding of printing techniques and darkroom practices such as cropping, dodging, burning in, screening and masking to enhance mood and convey meaning

understanding of how the structural frame and aspects of the conceptual framework can represent meaning through their:

selection of symbols, signs or visual codes, in the form of shapes and shadows, and compositional elements to evoke mood, convey place and communicate atmosphere

awareness of the relationships of the agencies of the conceptual framework in communicating ideas and intended meaning about the world in a visual form to an audience.


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