Being student-centred in Business Management

It is often difficult in some cultures to change the emphasis on learning away from teachers to learners, as cultural expectations are that the teacher is the 'source of knowledge'. The IB programme expects, however, through all of its components that students take control of their learning and are 'risk takers' and that the teacher should move from being the 'Sage on the stage' to the Guide on the side'. I do not think that we can expect students, who ...

COMPARING OLD AND NEW: 14 DIFFERENCES (part 1: today’s blog – the top 7)

In my last post, I wrote about the similarities between the old/current visual arts course and the new one starting any day now. You can find the post here.   However, there are also significant differences, so here I will discuss some of these. I have listed my first seven here. Some are obvious but others may not be. I am lining up another set of differences between the current and the new course for a future blog post. Stay tuned!   DIFFERENCES BETWEEN OLD/CURRENT AND NEW ...

CREATIVE ART SUMMER SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

3 WEEK CREATIVE ART SUMMER SCHOOL in the Ardèche (South of France) (Saturday 28 June - Saturday 19 July) Following on from the last visual arts blog which pointed students in the direction of a one or two week summer school in Italy, I thought I'd tell you about a fantastic three week summer school in the South of France! It’s March and summer might seem a long way away - but now is the time to consider what great – and in ...

Is Drawing Dead?

Do you teach basic drawing skills?   In February 2012 the always creative and occasionally provocative Jayson Paterson started a thread on the OCC forum entitled “Is Drawing Dead?” Since then there have been 16 replies and more than 360 views. Jayson explains “I want to emphasise again that I am not suggesting that drawing is dead in this discussion thread, but wanting to open up discussion as to what has been added to an artist's basic toolbox in this 21st Century ...

Is it a Plane? Is it a Bird? No! It’s a CLICHÉ (Part 2)

Hi Greg, I agree – there is usually nothing intrinsically or necessarily wrong with a clichéd image. When first seen it was (obviously) not the overfamiliar thing is has since become. A good example of “it ain't what you do it's the way that you do it!” is Yue Minjun’s reworking of various western cliché images – for example the well-known pose (cliché) of Marilyn Monroe in the Seven Year Itch, in which Yue Minjun uses a version of his own face and ...