Six of the Best (comparative study issues and advice)

It’s September, so some of you will be just starting the bright and shiny adventure that is IBDP visual arts, while others will be returning for your final year. So (unless you have already completed it) part of the visual arts coursework that you will be/are engaged in is the Comparative Study. Examiners have now seen work uploaded for three examination sessions (May 2016 and 2017, and November 2016), and some issues and patterns are beginning to emerge. This blog is not intended ...

YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS! – 10 SNAPSHOTS FOR AN EXHIBITION? 24/30? AGAIN, YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0hK1wyrrAU John McEnroe coins "You cannot be serious" “classic McEnroe outburst. John McEnroe v Tom Gullikson at Wimbledon in 1981. Umpire was Edward James”. Both my June 2017 blogs (for teachers and for students) are in response to things encountered as a visual arts examiner/moderator. This one is for students and relates to assessment - and the differences in perception from the perspective of a teacher and that of a moderator. The other is aimed at teachers and to some extent is about ethics ...

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES (to the Visual Arts Guide)

David Bowie - Changes Lyrics | MetroLyrics “Turn and face the strange ch-ch-changes. Ooh, look out you rock 'n' rollers! Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes, turn and face the strange ch-ch-changes. Pretty soon now you're gonna get older…” http://www.metrolyrics.com/changes-lyrics-david-bowie.html Yes, changes. As most of you (probably) know, the DP visual arts team have been working relentlessly to keep the guide as useful and accurate as possible, and this blog highlights a few of the ch-ch-changes. (Look out you rock n rollers!) The 2017 revised Guide is available on the OCC. Two ...

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 ...

What is VACAF?!

What's VACAF? It's an acronym that stands for Visual Arts Coursework Authentication Form. (Those of you who either regularly visit the OCC or have an on-the-ball DP Coordinator will know about it). ***Not to be confused with VACAF camping holidays in France (CAF: ”Caisse d’Allocation Familiale“) PPF - That was Then There used to be a requirement for schools to submit a planning and progress form (PPF or to be precise 6/VAPPF) for each visual arts candidate whose work was selected for the IA sample. It’s ...

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE VISUAL ARTS ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Are you mad? Changing the criteria? The course has only just had its first examinations session and they are thinking of changing them already?     Like any good organization, the DP visual arts curriculum and assessment teams review, consider and where necessary adjust. And having scrutinized the files of many thousands of students in May, June and July, the decision was made to tweak the assessment criteria for the 2017 examination sessions. “Tweak” is the operative work here. There are of course no big ...

THE COMPARATIVE STUDY: SOME THOUGHTS

In recent blogs I have focused on the Exhibition with particular reference to the things I'd seen (i.e. files submitted) as an examiner. If interested please check out these recent blogs: 1 (June) Visual Arts Exhibition Issues 2 (July) Exhibition issues (part 2) 3 (August) Exhibition issues (part 3) But today I am posting about the Comparative Study. I was fortunate to be able attend the June Grade Award meeting at the IB assessment centre, and while there was able to engage in conversation with ...

PROCESS PORTFOLIO: 5 TIPS

So...the PROCESS PORTFOLIO. In recent student blogs I have discussed: Theory of Knowledge and Contemporary Art, (July) Photographs and the exhibition” (August) and MUSEUMS, ARTEFACTS and the COMPARATIVE STUDY (July) ...so am posting today about the Process Portfolio. I had the opportunity to talk with some of the senior PP examination team when we gathered at the IB Assessment Centre. These examiners spent many hours looking through PP files submitted for the last examination session, and I gained some great insights into some PP issues through ...

MUSEUMS, ARTEFACTS and the COMPARATIVE STUDY

Comparative Study: avoid the OBVIOUS! Some artists and artworks are always popular choices with many students. I can guarantee that your Comparative Study examiner will see A LOT of student discussions and comparisons of Pop Art and Surrealist paintings. They are obvious and predictable. So why not try thinking outside the box? IBDP visual arts comparative study documentation says “Students are required to analyse and compare artworks, objects or artifacts by different artists. This independent critical and contextual investigation should explore artworks, objects ...

Everything you wanted to know about your PP and your VAJ (but were afraid to ask)

One issue seems to puzzle some students: What is the relationship between the Process Portfolio and the Visual Arts Journal (henceforth referred to respectively as the PP and the VAJ)? Some students feel the VAJ has little importance because they see that the PP gets 40% of the marks and the VAJ does not appear to be assessed at all (in the sense that there is no VAJ assessment component) …Hence the feeling that the PP is essentially the same as the VAJ ...