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 ...

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 ...

The Visual Arts Planning & Progress Form (6/VAPPF)

My school starts back in three weeks - 24th August - so thoughts are starting to turn towards the courses we teach and the students we will be working with. Whether you are about to start IBDP visual arts, or are about to enter the 2nd year, you will need to complete the visual arts planning & progress form. This is a relatively new (but mandatory) DP visual arts form - but hopefully your teacher will be aware of it. If he/she is ...

Back to School!

So how was your summer? If you are about to start your 1st DP visual arts year, congratulations! You are riding the new wave of visual arts, first to take the new course! Hopefully your teacher has attended a workshop to get him/her up to scratch with all the changes, but either way you are breaking new visual arts ground. As I’m sure you will learn, there are three components, but the holistic nature if the course means that you will probably ...

THE VISUAL ARTS COURSE UPLOAD SCREEN (IBIS)

The visual arts digital upload is now open (Monday 25 February 2013) It seems fairly straightforward, but here is a step by step overview Go to IBIS! check that you have the correct session  (May 2013) click on the E-coursework tabs (there are two, one after the other) This opens up five drop down menus: Subject, Subject option, Level, Language and Component Then hit the “search coursework” (this will not open until you have completed the five drop down menus) The ...

SOME ONLINE ART EDUCATION RESOURCES

The DP visual arts course currently has two components – studio and investigation. There will be three components in the new course, but in many ways the focus will stay the same: students will continue to research and look at art from different times and places, and they will continue to make art, and there will be a link between the two. 91mSLGOfH2E It’s great if your students can look at ‘real’ art, of course – exhibition and gallery visits, and if ...

The new visual arts course

  In just over two years – actually in February 2014 – a draft version of the visual arts guide for the course running from 2014 – 2021 is due to be published. The first teaching of the new course will occur in August/September of 2014.   Last week I spent a few very busy, interesting and stimulating days in the new IB offices in The Hague, discussing in some detail various aspects of the new course.   There will still be at least three ...