Six Comparative Study Questions from Students (with Answers)

I have received some questions about the Comparative Study from visual arts students. I can obviously answer them individually, but it might be more useful to others if I share the questions – and my answers – more publicly, in this blog… 1 What does function and purpose mean? Is it the purpose of the artist or the artwork? The focus of the Comparative Study is the ARTWORK. However, having said that, since the artist makes the artwork there will be overlaps, so ...

Process Portfolio thoughts and reminders

Happy New Year! I’m going start the year by reminding my 2nd year students of the Process Portfolio. These students will be uploading their PP screens/pages in March/April so my first blog posts of 2017 relate to the PP. I don’t want in inundate you with too much too soon so will be posting in two installments, January and February. Duplication? First of all, be careful with some of the current OCC Teacher Support Material for the Process Portfolio. Some examples have a text-only ...

Elements of Darkness

I was talking to a student at the weekend, discussing some of the work she had created for her final DP art exhibition. She was eloquent and  articulate. She spoke of repression and fear. She talked about the insidious reach of the government of her home country:  she had lived in the UK for many years but still her parents warned her about the repercussions of her IBDP art exhibition. Don't make overt statements about our government: if it gets out that you are ...