Picture this. 

You're suddenly sent to sit for an art exam. There are no guidelines given to you beforehand.

It's every student's worse nightmare. 

We bet it's even scarier when you will be tested on different components of arts and be graded differently.

Imagine how lost you will feel when you have absolutely no idea how to secure a good grade for your STPM Seni Visual subject.

Not to worry, in this article, we will go through the strategies to ace different papers on this subject and how to have the best preparation to score well consistently throughout the three semesters.

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How To Get Full Score For Your STPM Seni Visual Paper 1?

You'll want to begin the semester with a good headstart by mastering all the sections that will be asked in your Paper 1. After all, this paper has the highest weightage [40%] among all the assessments throughout the three semesters.

This written test comprises 3 sections that will test you on short structured questions and essay questions based on the visual topics that you have studied in your first semester.

Here are some key points to help you score well for each section:

Section A [35 marks]

  • Identify the keywords of the questions 

For section A, you have to answer all the structured questions. That's why you need to give your answers in a precise and concise manner. If the keywords are  "namakan", "nyatakan", then you only have to give a direct answer. If the keywords are "jelaskan", "bincangkan", "terangkan" then you have to give more elaboration.

  • Pay attention to the mark allocation for each question 

The other method to score for Section A is to take note of the mark allocation of the question. Let's say the keyword of the question is "jelaskan" and the mark allocation is 6 marks, then you should plan your answers to have at least 3 points and 3 elaborations.

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You will answer structured questions on various visual art topics in Paper 1.
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Section B [30 marks] and Section C [15 marks]

  • Choose the right essay options 

For Section B and Section C, you are given the choice to choose which essay to answer. In Section B, you have to answer 2 essay questions out of 4 options whereas, in Section C, you need to answer 1 essay question out of 2 options. It's best to choose the question where you can list plenty of points and examples to support your answer.

  • Have a proper essay structure 

This leads us to our next point. Many students often lose marks when they fail to write a proper introduction and conclusion when they are answering the essays. Hence, it's important to plan the draft of the essay before you write them down for real in your answer sheet.

  • Provide accurate analysis in terms of facts, elaborations, examples and comparison 

When it comes to essay questions, examiners will review your points in terms of whether your points directly fulfill the requirement of the question in terms of clarity, quantity and quality of your facts and elaborations.

What Do Examiners Look For In Your STPM Seni Visual Paper 2?

Let's move on to Paper 2, the practical drawing assessment that you will undertake in your second semester. You will be given 3 hours to complete your artwork. The total mark for this paper is 70 marks.

You can refer to the below four evaluation criteria as you practice and plan for your artwork.

  • Usage of the right drawing techniques

Firstly, the examiner will look at the basic drawing elements (application of lines, space, contrast, patterns etc) in your final artwork.

Some of the drawing techniques that you will come across during your Form 6 studies include hatching, crosshatching, sgraffito and blending. These techniques can then be incorporated into figurative drawings, technical drawings, conceptual drawings, illustrative drawings etc.

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Your drawing techniques matter a lot in Paper 2's marking scheme.
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  • Expression of ideas

Secondly, the examiners will see if the presentation of the final artwork is well thought out and in alignment with the given question.

Whether it is in the form of seting or gubahan (pengkaryaan/perekaan), examiners will look at how you translate your initial sketches or ideas into the final drawing. For example, the process to transform your sketch of a logo into a real logo design for a product.

  • Creativity in problem-solving (integration)

Thirdly, the examiners will also review your choice of mediums, angle, background composition, scaling of various objects and subjects in the drawing/design to create a sense of balance, oneness and order. 

  • Demonstration of personal style

Last but not the least, your artwork must reflect your style, whether it is in the form of colour combination, image formation, usage of space and contrast.

Read this article to find out the latest examination structure of the STPM Seni Visual papers.

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What Is The Grading Criteria Of The Coursework Project For Seni Visual Paper 3?

For the STPM Pendidikan Seni Visual coursework project, you can choose to from these two following themes:

  1. Pengkaryaan [Seni halus]
  2. Perekaan [Komunikasi visual, Reka bentuk teknologi and Reka bentuk persekitaran]

You can refer to the tables below to look at the differences in visual art topics and scopes that are covered under these two themes.

NoPengkaryaan topics
1Catan
2Seni Cetak
3Arca

If you select the Pengkaryaan theme, here's how you will be graded:

Cadangan pengkaryaan [Final scale score: 20%]

  • Pernyataan permasalahan kajian berdasarkan tema [20]
  • Penentuan konsep, subjek, dan kandungan [30]
  • Penentuan pendekatan aspek formal dan gaya penghasilan [20]
  • Pernyataan kepentingan projek dan keaslian [20]
  • Sumber dan rujukan (format APA – American Psychological Association) [10]

Penghasilan karya [Final scale score: 60%]

  • Lakaran dan kajian visual [20]
  • Pemilihan media dan teknik, eksperimentasi, eksplorasi, dan manipulasi [20]
  • Penentuan gaya dan penghasilan [10]
  • Lukisan akhir [10]
  • Karya seni halus (topics differ each year)[30]
  • Pendokumentasian proses penghasilan karya secara penulisan dan visual [10]

Persembahan dan peragaan [Final scale score: 20%]

  • Peragaan hasil karya dan kemasan (Individu) [10]
  • Pernyataan Pelukis (Artist Statement) [10]
  • Lisan [80]

If you opt to answer the Perekaan theme, here's how you'll be evaluated:

NoPerekaan Topics
1Grafik
2Multimedia
3Animasi
4Laman Web
5Industri
6Seramik
7Fesyen
8Tekstil
9Logam Halus
10Landskap
11Hiasan Dalaman

Cadangan perekaan [Final scale score: 20%]

  • Penyataan permasalahan kajian berdasarkan tema [20]
  • Penentuan konsep reka bentuk dan nilai komersial [30]
  • Penentuan pendekatan aspek formal dalam penghasilan produk [20]
  • Pernyataan kepentingan projek dan keaslian [20]
  • Sumber dan rujukan (format APA –American Psychological Association) [10]

Penghasilan reka bentuk [Final scale score: 60%]

  • Thumbnail serta lakaran logo dan maskot (produk) [20]
  • Lakaran komprehensif  [20]
  • Pemilihan media dan teknik, eksperimentasi, eksplorasi, dan manipulasi bagi produk [20]
  • Produk akhir [30]
  • Pendokumentasian proses perekaan secara penulisan dan visual [10]

Persembahan dan peragaan [Final scale score: 20%]

  • Peragaan hasil perekaan model dan kemasan (Individu) [10]
  • Pernyataan reka bentuk  (Design Statement) [10]
  • Lisan [80]

Important note: Your final score for your Projek Kajian Seni Visual will be scaled from 100 marks to 50 marks and converted to 25% (weightage). 

Don't miss this article to unlock the tips to score well for your STPM Seni Visual.

What Are The Best Tips To Prepare For Your STPM Seni Visual Examinations?

Granted that every semester, you will be tested on different visual art components, it's important to activate the right gear during your revision.

Here are 3 tips to ace all the 3 papers of your STPM Pendidikan Seni Visual.

Tip 1: Create a systematic and engaging note system

This is especially important for the first semester. You can compile your notes based on these topics:

  • Pengenalan Jenis-jenis Lukisan
  • Kemahiran Asas Lukisan
  • Penggubahan Lukisan
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Having organised notes will help you to answer better in your Paper 1.
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Tip 2: Analyse previous STPM reports for all the semesters

The STPM annual report provides a detailed breakdown of every question of every section for every semester.

The best part? You get a comprehensive analysis of what constitutes a good answer and what is not. You'll be able to look at some of the most common mistakes made by students for different papers and components, which we will touch on in the next paragraph. You can download them from the official Majlis Peperiksaan Malaysia website from 2012 onwards.

Tip 3: Hire a drawing tutor

When you study a subject that requires you to unleash your creativity from time to time, it's very common to feel overwhelmed and a little stressed when you are expected to be filled with inspiration at all times.

What you need is a sense of direction. 

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  • Melaka
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Your Superprof drawing tutor can guide you with the right preparation techniques and equip you with the right drawing techniques for various themes for all semesters. He or she can also give you immediate feedback to improve.

Take your revision to the next level by practicing with more STPM Seni Visual reference books and past year papers.

What Are The Common Mistakes Made By Students For Their STPM Seni Visual Assessments?

While it's great to know the right tips to score well, it's also important to know what could potentially cause us to lose marks, whether it is in the form of careless mistakes or due to our unknown territories.

That's why we have listed some general comments on the candidates' performance that were mentioned in the earlier annual exam report for STPM Seni Visual throughout the years.

You can read some of them below:

For Paper 1

  • Students cannot fully grasp the requirement of the questions.
  • Students fail to make connections between given visual principles and terms.
  • Students often give one-sided analysis when it comes to long essay questions.

For Paper 2

  • The selection of wrong angles and perspectives to present their final composition.
  • Lack of variety in terms of colour combination and drawing techniques.
  • Lack of details when it comes to drawing presenting close-up images.

With these strategies to score for your Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3, you're now just a step away from acing your STPM Seni Visual throughout the three semesters. All the best!

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