“When NOT to…” (Visual Arts Exhibition No Nos)

By now I expect that many of you (students) are on holiday – so I’m pleased to see that you have spared a moment to check on the visual arts blog! If you have graduated I’m happy to see you and good luck on July 6th (RESULTS day!) If, on the other hand, you are in between the first and second year of the course, some of this blog may prove useful. I’m reflecting on more things seen during the last visual arts ...

Happy New Year (and MAKING THINGS YOURSELF!)

*All the below relates to the DP visual arts course for first examinations 2016. Here are some thoughts about the kinds of artwork that can be submitted for your final exhibition. Designing it vs making it If you design a beautiful dress, including the pattern on the fabric, but get someone else to make the dress, the dress can’t be submitted for your final exhibition. The guide says that any work selected for final assessment must have been made or constructed by you ...

Skills vs Concept

“How much time do you spend teaching skills, as opposed to, say, discussing originality or the art and culture of different times?" There is no simple answer - because students are all different. It depends on who you get in your art class. It tends to change with every new group of students, and it also changes over the course of the programme. My school has a very fluid student population and a fairly wide ‘open door’ policy with regard to admission ...

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 ...