PROCESS vs IDEAS (making art rather than buying objects?)

It’s easy to come across mirrors in art – they certainly feature in many well-known paintings, including the  Arnolfini Wedding, Las Meninas and the Rokeby Venus, both by Velazquez, Rubens’ “Venus at the Mirror”, Picasso’s “Girl Before a Mirror”, Manet’s Bar at the Folies-Bergere, Patrick Caufield’s “Bathroom Mirror”, Lichtenstein’s “Mirror  – and many others. And since that cheeky chap Marcel Duchamp we also have real mirrors in artworks – the found object. Which brings me to the subject of this post. As ...

What’s the point of DRAWING?

"Until I saw my drawings replayed on the iPad, I'd never seen myself draw. Someone watching me would be concentrating on the exact moment, but I'd always be thinking a little bit ahead. That's especially so in a drawing where you are limiting yourself, a line drawing for example. When you are doing them you are very tense, because you have to reduce everything to such simple terms". (David Hockney http://quote.robertgenn.com/getquotes.php?catid=84 ) "The process of drawing is, before all else, the process of ...

iPad: fashion accessory or creative tool for learning?

All our grade 11 students are being given iPads, and I have just received mine The theory is that their learning might be ‘enhanced’ by having them use the iPad for school-related work, although there are some who suspect that more time might actually be spent on games, social networking and videos. I have enjoyed reading a ‘guest post’ article by Doug Ward (associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Kansas) – “What I’ve Learned from Teaching with iPads”. http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/what-ive-learned-from-teaching-with-ipads/37877?sid=at The iPad is ...

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (digital issues)

VISUAL ARTS Grade Award Meetings, Cardiff December 2011 Visual Arts Grade Award meetings are fascinating, every day filled with a huge variety of Studio work images to look at and Investigation Workbook pages to read. It’s a busy, challenging but enjoyable experience, and it always throws up interesting questions - about art, assessment issues and the complex visual arts descriptors that everything gets judged by. One of the issues that caused a lot of discussion over the last few days in Cardiff (and ...

THE VENICE BIENNALE

Venice Biennale http://www.labiennale.org/en/Home.html The Venice Biennale opened on June 1st, with many pieces and ideas reflecting the more political stance of many contemporary artists. I know a number of (mainly UK and European) schools that organize school trips so that their IBDP visual arts students can see the artworks presented first hand, but whether you can get there or not the Biennale is a great opportunity for our students to engage with current artistic thinking and to reflect on the various directions contemporary ...