WHERE DO IDEAS COME FROM?

“Nothing is original. We create through experiment, struggle and learning from others”  Happy New Year! I’m starting off the 2017 visual arts blog with a big question: WHERE DO IDEAS COME FROM? This is part one of a blog two-parter. (Hey, it’s a big question!)   It’s actually as much a ToK question as a visual arts one, like many of the deeper questions in life. I could follow it up with some Knowledge Questions such as To what extent is creativity informed by research? To what ...

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 ...

Separate the wheat from the chaff

In June I wrote a post for this blog titled Can this be real? about altered images, or misrepresenting images. Today in my ECIS Library Forum discussion thread,  a colleague in Switzerland posted about the explosion of fake academic journals. In the IB world, we are all involved in promoting digital citizenship, responsibility, honesty and integrity: We often use unusual but authentic, hoax, or "joke" websites like the following to teach or learn about "reliability" on the internet: Improbable Research: Feline Reactions to ...

Getting the new IA right – the 10 step programme

The “new IA” in visual arts is the exhibition. Work produced for internal assessment is marked by teachers and externally moderated by the IB. Internal assessment used to be the investigation workbook for most students (because most students took the A option), so it’s a bit of a reversal from the previous course. How to get it right? Here are 10 steps to success! Talk and listen to your teacher. Your teacher plays a vital role during both the planning stage, and the period when ...

I’m an artist! Why does IB care about where my ideas come from?

Because ideas come from somewhere and if you copy or use images or ideas without acknowledging the sources you may not get your Diploma. Admittedly, it’s complicated. d9ryPC8bxqE To start with, almost nothing is new or original. Artists see stuff, and may register it consciously or unconsciously, and a week later some version of what they saw might appear in their artwork. Did they rip it off? Have they stolen someone else’s ideas? Who knows – after all, everything’s a remix. The  (great!) YouTube video titled ...

Visual Arts Grade Award June 2012, part 1 – the evils of the Internet

The Chief Examiner, Deputy Chief Examiners and other senior examiners have just spent a busy, challenging but enjoyable few days in sunny Cardiff (Wales), looking through the studio work and investigation pages of visual arts candidates from schools all over the world. The diversity of work and the creativity  of our students never fails to impress, and at the end of the meeting we were able to make time to select some outstanding pieces for inclusion in the virtual gallery. The main ...

ARTISTS USING ART: a three week workshop (February 2012)

I have been fascinated by the way that art inspires, influences or informs other art for many years. There are of course many examples of this throughout history, and it goes on today, under a variety of names – re-contextualization, reinterpretation, pastiche, transcription, homage, appropriation, parody etc. It’s an assignment I occasionally set my students, because it involves things that I think will benefit them – for example, I ask them to to investigate art (usually from different times and cultures), find ...

Checking for visual plagiarism

Hmmm - let's say that a painting has appeared rather suddenly and the student responsible is not offering a very convincing explanation of where it came from. There are no preliminary sketches, no notes or discussions in the workbook, and no references to images and/or text sources that might have informed the idea. In short, I suspect the student has just copied an image from the Internet...is there any way I can upload the painting to an Internet search engine to see if the ...

‘Borrowing’ from YouTube

Artists are often magpies, continually looking out for ideas  and/or images, provocative or otherwise, that they can 'appropriate' or borrow, often incorporating  these elements into their own work, sometimes acknowledging them, sometimes not. The great Roy Lichtenstein was accused of plagiarizing - or at least borrowing -  'Whaam!' is based on an image from 'All American Men of War' published by DC comics in 1962. http://graphicnovel.zachwhalen.net/content/roy-lichtenstein-art-or-plagiarism But fifty years on things are a lot more complex, and in the world of art education ...

Issues and Concerns in teaching the visual arts course

I've been looking at Candidate Record Booklets containing evidence of studio work and investigation from students just examined in schools in the southern hemisphere. (These schools typically have their examination visit and interview in November). Predictably, the 'southern hemisphere' teachers and students (many in Latin America. Australia and New Zealand) experience many issues that are similar to those encountered by teachers and students in the northern hemisphere. The report on this session will appear online (OCC) in early 2011, and examiner comments ...