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 ...

Virtual Assessment, Contemporary Art – and Predicted Grades

It’s August, which means that most final year visual arts students – and their teachers – now know how they did in terms of DP grades. I hope all went well. All the following relates to the current/-‘old’ course (Final exams 2015). With our subject in particular I think it’s important to acknowledge that it may be impossible to avoid all discrepancies in assessments – e.g. variations between what you think the correct mark is and what the examiner thinks. There a ...

Modern Art is Rubbish

“MOST CONCEPT ART IS PRETENTIOUS, SELF-INDULGENT, CRAFTLESS TAT”   (The quote is not new, but was said by the then chairman of the London Institute of Contemporary Arts. http://www.artsjournal.com/visualarts/visualarts0102.shtml)   Does your teacher talk to you about contemporary and/or conceptual art? If so, what are the values and judgment he/she is passing on?   Of course, “contemporary art” is hugely diverse, and the label itself is broad and imprecise.   We could try to narrow it down - possible areas include ‘recent’ art (say, created since the year 2000), ...

Is Drawing Dead?

Do you teach basic drawing skills?   In February 2012 the always creative and occasionally provocative Jayson Paterson started a thread on the OCC forum entitled “Is Drawing Dead?” Since then there have been 16 replies and more than 360 views. Jayson explains “I want to emphasise again that I am not suggesting that drawing is dead in this discussion thread, but wanting to open up discussion as to what has been added to an artist's basic toolbox in this 21st Century ...

Visual Arts and the Theory of Knowledge

I have been watching some Theory of Knowledge presentations by grade 11 students., and this afternoon saw a student discuss using the 'found' object as art, alluding to the works of Duchamp, Picasso, Carl Andre, Tony Cragg and Sarah Lucas. She was exploring the nature and purpose of contemporary western art, and she brought in the possibilities (and the possible value and validity) of garbage, trash and rubbish art. These ToK presentations require students to identify and explore the knowledge issues raised by ...

MORAL AMBIGUITY, VIDEO GAMES…AND ART

The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit. Aristotle http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/a/aristotle148496.html Art - particularly contemporary art - can be challenging, offensive, upsetting, and/or provocative. It can also make you re-think and occasionally question your values, beliefs and prejudices. As art teachers we might ask ourselves (and our students) questions about freedom and censorship - for example, do we authorize our students ...