New Look to the Virtual Gallery (now just called ‘The IB Gallery’)

http://blogs.ibo.org/gallery/

Showcasing work produced by International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme students. The virtual gallery showcases a sample of work produced by International Baccalaureate® Diploma Programme students. This gallery originally came about as the result of a collaborative effort between the IB and the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA)”.

 

Those of you who have been teaching DP visual arts for a few years my well have been familiar with the Virtual Gallery. This has recently undergone renovation.

The new version of the site is much simpler than previously, with just three menu buttons (Home, Art Form, and Exam Session) There are nine ‘Art Forms’ (from ceramics to sculpture) and at the moment work from just two sessions to view – May and November 2009 (no doubt to be expanded as more work is added from future examination sessions).

There are also buttons with links to RSS feeds, Twitter and Facebook.

(The old Virtual Gallery is still available – links to both galleries can be found on the main OCC visual arts screen).

Check it out!

1 Comment
  • Selwyn
    October 27, 2010

    I’ve got to voice what I have thought, and heard expressed by many other Visual Arts teachers, over the last few years about the IB Gallery. Given all of the art that is produced every year by thousands of students around the world, why is the quality of work represented in the gallery so ‘variable’, shall we say?

    At least the old gallery had links to workbook pages too, and an indication of grades given. What is the intent of this new gallery? Are these the very best works available from each session, or do they represent a sample across the grade levels? Who chooses them and using what criteria? Where is the new media work? etc. etc.

    A number of us have very real concerns that this gallery may reflect a new direction in IB Visual Arts thinking that appears to be a step back into more conservative, technique-based work (although some examples here don’t particularly reflect technical strength)and away from more conceptual art forms. If this is the case, how does this fit the IB Learner Profile?

    I’m sorry, but this gallery raises some very real concerns that many teachers have, related to the state of IB Visual Arts, and in particular the way it is being/will be assessed. Some reassurances and answers would be much appreciated.

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