ART AND CONCEPT: What’s in a Glass of Water?

This post is about the visual arts course with reference to contemporary art, conceptual qualities, conceptual art and found objects ***The visual arts “Conceptual Qualities” criterion does not necessarily mean Conceptual Art, and Conceptual Art does not necessarily mean Found Objects. In the recent examination session a number of students went down a strongly ‘conceptual’ route and having chosen that route then went down the avenue marked ‘Found Objects’. CONCEPTUAL ART “Conceptual art can be – and can look like – almost anything. This ...

PHOTOGRAPHY and the visual arts exhibition (and Blue Nudes in Hull?)

Blue Nudes in Hull I don’t come from Hull  (England) - or to give it its full name Kingston Upon Hull - but it’s less than 50 miles from my birthplace (using the A15 if anyone is interested), and will be UK city of culture in 2017, and is the latest place that has been part of/enjoyed the ideas of Spencer Tunick. Last month more than 3,000 people stripped naked and were painted blue to mark Hull's City of Culture next year. Hull City ...

SO HOW WAS IT FOR YOU DARLING? (PART 3)

Well that’s it then. Now we can all roll over and light up a cigarette, metaphorically speaking – we’ve done it. The final visual arts upload deadline was April 30 and it’s now May, so for most - if not all - May session DP visual arts teachers, it’s done for another year. (If you are still struggling to do the deed, if IBIS is not co-operating, remember care and patience are the keys. Be gentle with IBIS otherwise it’ll never happen). The 2013 ...

The Curious Rat (aka Curatorial Rationale)

My Visual Art students call it the Curious Rat, because "Curatorial Rationale" is a bit of a mouthful. Anyway, its March, and the digital upload ‘window’ for final examination submission of visual arts files is open – so it’s time for you (especially if you are a visual arts student in the final year of your course) to finalize your files! It’s a busy time and it may be tempting to focus on (for example) finishing some of the resolved artworks in your ...

RESPONDING TO FEEDBACK ABOUT THE DIGITAL UPLOAD

Two readers have posted responses to blogs (my posts from 2013 and more recently) so I’d like to thank them for taking the time to reply and post here my replies to them. Links to my original blogs: http://blogs.osc-ib.com/2013/04/ib-teacher-blogs/dp_visarts/examining-the-digital-upload/ http://blogs.osc-ib.com/2014/02/ib-student-blogs/visual-arts-digital-upload-get-started/ FIRST COMMENT (responding to April 2013 post) The first comment was posted at the end of April 2014 in response to a post about the digital upload that I made in April 2013 Nigel writes “Digital upload assessment is only advantageous on the grounds of cost, nothing ...

VISUAL ARTS GRADE AWARD JUNE 2013 part 1

Together with a group of other senior examiners, the chief examiner, the Subject Manager and various other IBDP important assessment people, I have just spent a week in sunny Cardiff, the lively capital city of Wales and home of the IBDP Assessment Centre. It was a busy, interesting, challenging and very productive week. Prior to arrival I wondered how the new digital upload process and the new ‘teacher interview’ process would affect things, but was pleasantly surprised to find everything very much ...

How many Investigation Workbook pages should students produce?

Some examiners have recently expressed concern that some teachers are allowing their students to create a relatively small small number of investigation pages. In one case an HLA student completed only about 50 pages over the two years and chose half of this number to be assessed in the final examination. Perhaps predictably, this student did not do very well. As is so often the case, its a quality vs. quantity issue. Obviously it serves very little purpose  if students just  produce a ...

The Afghan girl – the new Barbie?

BIgx-nkFL6c When you (a student) are dealing with iconic images (such as Steve McCurry’s ‘Afghan Girl’ photograph) and want to integrate the icon somehow into your own art, be careful: think through your reasons, the outcome, and what the audience (or examiner) response might be to the outcome. 6XAXLCtlpiU As an examiner I frequently encounter iconic images that have been used (re-used?) in a piece of student art, and the Afghan girl is a good example. cK6EnFu3NHc Her face often becomes part of a visual ...

Brave New World: the e-CRB

I’m currently involved in a correspondence on the OCC visual arts forum about the interview, exchanging posts with some teachers who feel that a video of the interview will give a better representation of the interview than an audio recording. I’m not sure that’s necessarily true, but either way the time it’s taking – to set up, record and edit - especially if you have a lot of students – is causing some angst and anguish. Also, they seem to think that ...