MUSEUMS, ARTEFACTS and the COMPARATIVE STUDY

Comparative Study: avoid the OBVIOUS! Some artists and artworks are always popular choices with many students. I can guarantee that your Comparative Study examiner will see A LOT of student discussions and comparisons of Pop Art and Surrealist paintings. They are obvious and predictable. So why not try thinking outside the box? IBDP visual arts comparative study documentation says “Students are required to analyse and compare artworks, objects or artifacts by different artists. This independent critical and contextual investigation should explore artworks, objects ...

Visual Arts Exhibition Issues

I’ve seen a good few visual arts exhibition uploads since April 21st and I’m pleased to say I have seen some wonderful work. It’s one of the best parts of the job and the teachers and students who upload such great work should be congratulated. Their work is frequently sensational. In fact during the Grade Award face-to-face meetings in the IB Assessment Centre in Cardiff, visual arts senior examiners can often be found sitting in a room filled with screens and ...

From Clouds to Desire (“Thematic Relationships” in your visual arts exhibition)

As I’m sure you are well aware, (if you are a 2nd year DP visual arts student) April is UPLOAD month. There are 3 separate deadline dates. The exhibition files upload deadline is April 20. I hope all goes smoothly. My students have already had their final year exhibitions and of course we are hoping that they all do well! We had many discussions about their exhibitions, strengths and weaknesses, and of course the assessment criteria. All of the students explored a number ...

Visual Arts Internal Assessment Upload: Quick Overview

It’s April! That means for many of us its VISUAL ARTS UPLOAD MONTH! Of the three components the most complex in terms of files and the upload process is the Exhibition The aim of this post is to give some explanations and guidance in relation to the scary IBIS Internal Assessment upload process. For more information about the visual arts upload please feel free to refer to my February post The Digital Upload: First Time For The New Course – What To Do! Please also ...

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 ...

YOUR BODY is YOUR ART (?)

Question: can anything be art? This, of course, is as much a DP Theory of Knowledge question as a DP visual arts one, and it may be a question that you have already tried to answer either in school or out. In many ways the definition of art is constantly changing, just as the things that artists do evolve and sometimes challenge conventions.   Use your body Some mark-making ‘conventions’ are very old but still not exactly traditional.  In the French Pyrenees the walls ...

To collaborate, or not to collaborate – that is the question!

There are many reasons to work together. A lot of fantastic learning can happen when we work in pairs or groups. It’s a beautiful thing. In addition, sharing ideas and skills is a great creative PROCESS, and can lead to unusually creative RESOLVED work, with different art-makers being able to contribute specialist competencies. There’s also the idea of socialization and the concept of being part of and contributing to a bigger idea - when discussing plans, sharing ideas etc. Examples of famous and ...

“The IB do not value or even recognize effort!” Commitment, effort, motivation, passion – what’s the point?

Last month I wrote about some teacher reactions to the grades their students achieved. (At the end of every examination session, some teachers express concern about the results). One complaint that I hear from teachers who are disappointed in the mark relates to how committed the student was, how hard he/she worked and how much time he/she put in. “My student was thoroughly engaged but the IB do not value or even recognize their effort! There is no correlation between the work they ...

Virtual Assessment, Contemporary Art – and Predicted Grades

It’s August, which means that most final year visual arts students – and their teachers – now know how they did in terms of DP grades. I hope all went well. All the following relates to the current/-‘old’ course (Final exams 2015). With our subject in particular I think it’s important to acknowledge that it may be impossible to avoid all discrepancies in assessments – e.g. variations between what you think the correct mark is and what the examiner thinks. There a ...

The NEW visual arts course

  In my last blog I made some mention of the new DP visual arts course and suggested the 'top 4' differences between the current and the new course, but it’s probably about time to start talking about it in a bit more detail. Hopefully quite a few of you will already have participated in a workshop, either online or face-to-face. IB Diploma Programme subjects usually have a seven year lifespan. The current visual arts course (started in 2009) still obviously has ...