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 ...

Reflection and critical thinking

When working on practical work I have found that the students get engrossed in what they are doing and forget to take a step back from their own work and the work of others, to take time to reflect, develop and grow. This entry will focus on how to create a process, through journal work and constructive criticism, to develop in-depth, meaningful reflection. At the moment my students are working closely with Stanislavsky and his six questions, along with many other ...

Correlation or causation?: climate change and increased violence

Few recent scientific studies have received as much media coverage as one published recently in Science, arguing for a causal link between climate warming and violence.  The range of media sources covering it is as impressive as the number:  not just general news media at all levels, in many parts of the world, and not just science journals, but also those with particular perspectives, among them religious (or, at least Christian) environmental, police-based, medical and business.  Why should this particular ...

Thoughts on the Candidate Statement

First – Happy New Year! OK – onto business. All of your final year students must write a 300-word candidate statement to be attached to page 5 of the Candidate Record Booklet. Here are some thoughts and suggestions. 1. Use a computer As an examiner, unless the candidate has very legible handwriting, I would recommend that your students use a computer to compose and print the statement, so that there are no worries about whether it is legible or not. Also, the word-count and ...