CH-CH-CH-CHANGES (to the Visual Arts Guide)

David Bowie - Changes Lyrics | MetroLyrics “Turn and face the strange ch-ch-changes. Ooh, look out you rock 'n' rollers! Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes, turn and face the strange ch-ch-changes. Pretty soon now you're gonna get older…” http://www.metrolyrics.com/changes-lyrics-david-bowie.html Yes, changes. As most of you (probably) know, the DP visual arts team have been working relentlessly to keep the guide as useful and accurate as possible, and this blog highlights a few of the ch-ch-changes. (Look out you rock n rollers!) The 2017 revised Guide is available on the OCC. Two ...

WRITING FOR THE EXHIBITION

Hi students, if you are in a Northern Hemisphere school and in your final year as a DP visual arts student, the end is nigh. DP Arts deadlines are earlier than the deadlines for other DP subjects, and your teacher will probably ask for various files even before the ‘official’ deadlines so that he/she can check that all is OK. It’s probably a little stressful for you, but I know quite a few teachers who find this time of the year very ...

BLOOD, DUST AND CULTURE

I was forced to re-evaluate my definition of culture (and perhaps the many meanings of the word 'civilization') one night in Northern Tanzania when a group of Maasai tribesmen suggested that I drink the hot blood of a freshly slaughtered goat. This is life, Jim, I thought – but not as we know it. I’d watched the killing of the goat, and the invitation to drink the blood was a generous gesture of their hospitality, but no more than that – 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 ...

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 ...

Art too bad to be ignored

In the Visual Arts Guide there is a series of questions related to TOK “that a visual arts student might consider” To what extent is artistic knowledge something which cannot be expressed in any other way? Are ways of knowing employed in radically different ways in the arts than in other areas of knowledge? To what extent does imagination play a special role in the visual arts? What moral responsibilities do artists have? How can the subjective viewpoint of an ...

Gallery Visits

PLEASE visit art exhibitions – not just because it’s a great experience but because it could improve your grade! I recently visited the Tate Modern and the Tate Britain Galleries in London. Of course, many schools are nowhere near a big city and/or a large, prestigious and internationally acclaimed gallery. For eight years I taught art in a school situated on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro – the excellent and unique International School Moshi – and we visited small local galleries or ...

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 ...