100 EXHIBITION HOURS (the conundrum of time and quality)

Lawrence is one of my visual arts students. He has repeatedly asked how much time each he should devote to each of the course components. (Hi Lawrence, I know you read my blog!) Of course, the course is taught holistically and there is no ‘hours per component’ recommendation in the visual arts guide. Visual Arts guide page 16: “Although the core syllabus is identified in this guide through subdivided segments, teachers are encouraged to approach the teaching of the visual arts course in a ...

Top Ten Visual Arts Tips (and Reminders) for Students!

OK, students, here are the Visual Arts Top Ten Tips for exam success. Its February and next month – or at the latest the following month - is upload time. I have provided tips for each of your three assessment components. Read, respond and relax! THE COMPARATIVE STUDY (20%) 1 CULTURAL CONTRAST Your selected artworks must come from more than one cultural context. They may be from a similar time frame or cultural tradition, provided that there is depth to the consideration of how each ...

Comparative Study thoughts – will you have a theme?

So you are thinking about your Comparative Study. Your art teacher has possibly/probably already asked you to have a couple of goes at this component, making the selection, the analysis and the comparison as sort of rehearsal for the real thing, (so the idea should not come as  a complete surprise!?) But with the end of year 1 fast approaching and that long summer on the horizon, you may be wondering if there is anything useful you could do (when you are ...

When does art become offensive?

When does art become offensive? I’ve recently come back from a visual arts workshop in Dubai (United Arab Emirates). One of the things teachers touched on was the impact of cultural context of what and how we teach art, and the need for sensitivity to that context, responding to it and on some cases working around it. Teachers talked about the limits on what could be discussed openly with students, and explained that some things absolutely could not be part of the visual ...