INTERNAL ASSESSMENT: THE CURSE OF OPTIMISM

THE CURSE OF OPTIMISM   Of course, I'm not against optimism.  And just to show what a positive blog this is I'm kicking off with a couple of happy songs, courtesy of YouTube ("Happy" and "Happy Talk"). Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwIddYGse9g But to be honest, this blog is not so much the curse of optimism as the curse of optimistic marking.   November IA “November schools” (mostly schools in the Southern Hemisphere) have been uploading their files and marks for the November session. Unless you only have five students, the ...

YOUR TOP TEN VISUAL ARTS POSTS since 2010!

TOP 10 ART TEACHER favourites: the posts that have interested you most since 2010 Introduction This post is about the most popular visual arts issues as selected by you – i.e. as reflected by hits on the DP visual arts blog site. Out of more than 200 visual arts blogs since 2010 here are the teacher top ten: these may reflect the main issues and questions that interest teachers (or at least have been looked at most times) My latest posts are NOT ...

PROCESS vs IDEAS (making art rather than buying objects?)

It’s easy to come across mirrors in art – they certainly feature in many well-known paintings, including the  Arnolfini Wedding, Las Meninas and the Rokeby Venus, both by Velazquez, Rubens’ “Venus at the Mirror”, Picasso’s “Girl Before a Mirror”, Manet’s Bar at the Folies-Bergere, Patrick Caufield’s “Bathroom Mirror”, Lichtenstein’s “Mirror  – and many others. And since that cheeky chap Marcel Duchamp we also have real mirrors in artworks – the found object. Which brings me to the subject of this post. As ...

Question: “DO I NEED TO HAVE A THEME?”

Answer: Aaargh!  NO! This is one of the most common questions that visual arts students ask and is also one that many DP art teachers get wrong. The simple answer is NO – there is absolutely no need for students to have a theme and when they do have a theme students sometimes fail because their approach to their theme is too restricted and blinkered. In effect the theme prevents them from doing very well. The more complicated answer is still no, but ...

Create a Virtual Exhibition

I first blogged about the Google Art Project in February 2011. Since then this project has grown in size and usefulness. At the time of writing there are 155 art collections and 32470 artworks available to view: once there you can look at entire collections, look at the work of individual artists, or at individual artworks. Either way it’s a great resource. My grade 11 students are embarking on an assignment that asks them to create their own ‘virtual’ exhibition – to select ...

To ‘B’ or not to ‘B’

 My students have now been registered with IB for the 2012 exams, and, as usual, I have a couple who have decided to go down the option B route. Globally, option B has never been a particularly popular choice, with a consistently small percentage of candidates choosing it over the years, and by far the majority taking option A. I know of some schools that do not ever offer it – the only choice their students have is option A. Having been the ...

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (digital issues)

VISUAL ARTS Grade Award Meetings, Cardiff December 2011 Visual Arts Grade Award meetings are fascinating, every day filled with a huge variety of Studio work images to look at and Investigation Workbook pages to read. It’s a busy, challenging but enjoyable experience, and it always throws up interesting questions - about art, assessment issues and the complex visual arts descriptors that everything gets judged by. One of the issues that caused a lot of discussion over the last few days in Cardiff (and ...

The Good Old Days

Aaah, the sixties. Flower Power, Stop the Vietnam War, free love, and an artist could use almost anything as the brush - including naked women. Apparently the idea of painting using the form and movement of the body first came to Klein while practicing judo. "A 1960 work by the French conceptual artist Yves Klein is expected to fetch $10 million (£6.7m) at an auction at Christie's in New York. 'ANT 93, Le Buffalo' was painted using a naked female as a brush.' source: ...

Stripping off for your art?

BFmUTQ5Oda8&feature=PlayList&p=C6E4A846793DA85D&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=107 5,200 Australians strip for art's sake "There were all shapes and sizes – the large and the small, the young and the old, and even a heavily pregnant woman who had re-scheduled the birth of her twins so she could take part. But the one thing the 5,200-odd people who posed for the American artist Spencer Tunick at the Sydney Opera House earlier today had in common was that they were all totally naked. Thousands had gathered just before dawn on Monday, a ...