The 5 Nots (Comparative Study HL)

In September I posted some thoughts about the Comparative Study – Six of the Best (comparative study issues and advice) This month I’m continuing that theme but focusing on criterion F, so I’m only talking really to those of you who are taking HIGHER LEVEL Visual Arts. Criterion F deals with making connections to your own art-making practice. *In July I posted a blog about what NOT to do in your exhibition - “When NOT to…” (Visual Arts Exhibition No Nos) Now I am posting ...

Selectivity and Distillation: the Process Portfolio is NOT a Diary

Diaries. Journals. Sketchbooks. They serve a range of purposes; diaries document the momentous and the mundane, the day-to-day detritus, and the sporadic moments of joy and/or despair. Artists’ diaries can give a good insight into the creative processes. (See the illustrations included here.) Tate website “A diary is a record of events or experiences. From sketchbooks to video diaries; and from the mundane and everyday to big life events and how these make us feel… We have pulled together a selection of art to ...

“When NOT to…” (Visual Arts Exhibition No Nos)

By now I expect that many of you (students) are on holiday – so I’m pleased to see that you have spared a moment to check on the visual arts blog! If you have graduated I’m happy to see you and good luck on July 6th (RESULTS day!) If, on the other hand, you are in between the first and second year of the course, some of this blog may prove useful. I’m reflecting on more things seen during the last visual arts ...

It’s March – are you ready for the Visual Arts uploads?

For many of us, this will be the 2nd time we upload files for the ‘new’ visual arts course. Hopefully you learned from your experiences last March/April! Here are some reminders 1 THE UPLOAD – DATES AND DEADLINES OVERVIEW The deadlines occur in April, every 10 days, starting on April 10 (predicted grades and exhibition marks). Then April 20 (Exhibition, multiple files) April 30 (Comparative Study and Process Portfolio) (see illustration, screenshot from the Handbook of Procedures for 2017 for visual arts on the OCC) If you are not familiar with ...

Part 2 of WHERE DO IDEAS COME FROM?

Last month I asked "Where do ideas come from?" (pretty much anywhere!) and wrote about one way of coming up with art ideas - by being aware of what has gone before (“standing on the shoulders of giants”)   This month I want to remind you of the importance of your VAJ – never go anywhere without it – and flag up a great YouTube video! 1 The JOURNAL (VAJ) (“Does your idea have legs?”) The journal is VITAL! The first suggestion I make to any ...

Process Portfolio thoughts and reminders

Happy New Year! I’m going start the year by reminding my 2nd year students of the Process Portfolio. These students will be uploading their PP screens/pages in March/April so my first blog posts of 2017 relate to the PP. I don’t want in inundate you with too much too soon so will be posting in two installments, January and February. Duplication? First of all, be careful with some of the current OCC Teacher Support Material for the Process Portfolio. Some examples have a text-only ...

WHERE DO IDEAS COME FROM?

“Nothing is original. We create through experiment, struggle and learning from others”  Happy New Year! I’m starting off the 2017 visual arts blog with a big question: WHERE DO IDEAS COME FROM? This is part one of a blog two-parter. (Hey, it’s a big question!)   It’s actually as much a ToK question as a visual arts one, like many of the deeper questions in life. I could follow it up with some Knowledge Questions such as To what extent is creativity informed by research? To what ...

INTERNAL ASSESSMENT: THE CURSE OF OPTIMISM

THE CURSE OF OPTIMISM   Of course, I'm not against optimism.  And just to show what a positive blog this is I'm kicking off with a couple of happy songs, courtesy of YouTube ("Happy" and "Happy Talk"). Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwIddYGse9g But to be honest, this blog is not so much the curse of optimism as the curse of optimistic marking.   November IA “November schools” (mostly schools in the Southern Hemisphere) have been uploading their files and marks for the November session. Unless you only have five students, the ...

SIX TIPS FOR YOUR VISUAL ARTS COMPARATIVE STUDY

My year 2 students are in the process of finalizing their Comparative Study and my year 1 students are undertaking a ‘mini’ Comparative Study to introduce them to some of the important concepts and ideas. Here are six things I’m emphasizing to both groups. 1 Know what the examiner wants! Do you know what the assessment criteria are? It will really help the structure and content of your comparative study if you become familiar with the things the examiner is looking for. If you ...

ART AND CONCEPT: What’s in a Glass of Water?

This post is about the visual arts course with reference to contemporary art, conceptual qualities, conceptual art and found objects ***The visual arts “Conceptual Qualities” criterion does not necessarily mean Conceptual Art, and Conceptual Art does not necessarily mean Found Objects. In the recent examination session a number of students went down a strongly ‘conceptual’ route and having chosen that route then went down the avenue marked ‘Found Objects’. CONCEPTUAL ART “Conceptual art can be – and can look like – almost anything. This ...