Skinny dipping is fine. Double dipping is NOT.

As promised, here is some feedback from the May 2015 Visual Arts Grade Award which recently took place at the IB DP Assessment Centre in Cardiff, Wales. Five years ago I blogged after attending a Grade Award meeting (June 2010) – at that stage we were a group of approximately 16 senior examiners, looking at Candidate Record Booklets (anyone remember them?!) and discussing marks awarded. Then in June 2012 the post-Grade Award blog highlighted “the evils of the Internet”. The discussions of marks ...

It’s that time again

HAPPY NEW YEAR! OK - I started back at school yesterday after a very pleasant two week holiday, and reminded my year 2 IBDP visual arts class that for them (in some ways) the end is nigh. As if to confirm this, a package of the blue Candidate Record Booklets was also waiting for me in my mailtray. If like me you are teaching in a northern hemisphere school then your students will probably have their final examinations in around 2 to 3 months’ time ...

Visual Arts Grade Award June 2011

                  I have just returned from five days in sunny Cardiff (Wales), with each day solidly focussed on reviewing, analysing, assessing and discussing the many studio artworks and investigation workbook pages submitted by candidates through their Candidate Record Booklets. In all cases our primary purpose was to come to an accurate assessment of the work, whether it was component A or B, and Higher or Standard level. Candidate Record Booklets were selected for us to look at for a variety of reasons, but ...

Starting to think about the CRB?

Following on from last week's blog focus on the candidate statement, this one is about the CRB itself. My students have their IBDP visual arts examination at the end of March 2011, and I plan to send the Candidate Record Booklets to our examiner around mid-March - so there is still more than two months to go before the CRBs need to be finished, packaged up and sent - but still, I like to get the students thinking about all the ...

Thoughts on the Candidate Statement

First – Happy New Year! OK – onto business. All of your final year students must write a 300-word candidate statement to be attached to page 5 of the Candidate Record Booklet. Here are some thoughts and suggestions. 1. Use a computer As an examiner, unless the candidate has very legible handwriting, I would recommend that your students use a computer to compose and print the statement, so that there are no worries about whether it is legible or not. Also, the word-count and ...

Playing by the rules

There were visual art grade award meetings earlier this month for schools in the southern hemisphere. This is the time when the organization (or not) of the candidate record booklet becomes a critical issue, and when senior examiners sometimes struggle to make sense of what the teacher and student submitted. To be fair, the vast majority of art teachers did a good job with the candidate record booklet. They checked and confirmed that the maximum number of photographs (12 for SLA ...

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 ...

Responding to a comment!

I  received a comment from a DP visual arts teacher (thanks Selwyn!) in response to an earlier blog posted about the 'new look' virtual gallery. The writer expressed concern at some aspects of the new Gallery, so I thought I would go slightly more 'public' and take this opportunity to respond to some of his concerns in the form of another blog, (rather than just tagging my reply onto his comment). So - " why is the quality of work represented in ...

Visual Arts Workshop in the Ardèche

                I have just returned from leading a visual arts workshop for IBDP teachers in  the Ardèche region of the south of France. The venue of the workshop was Les Tapies, which is about an hour's drive from Valence, set deep in the steep and verdant gorges of the Ardèche. Les Tapies is a beautiful hamlet consisting of renovated and modernized old farm buildings, some dating from the 17th century. The workshop ran from Friday July 16th to and including Sunday July 18th, with participants ...

VISUAL ARTS GRADE AWARD, CARDIFF, 2010

I have just returned from five busy, stimulating (and sunny) days attending the Visual Arts Grade Award meetings in Cardiff, with, predictably, a major focus of assessment and moderation. Those present included IBDP Visual Arts Team Leaders, Principal Examiners, Deputy Chief Examiners and of course the Chief Examiner, as well as the Assessment Subject Area Manager and the Assessment and Curriculum Coordinator. One issue was repeated a number of times: some teachers continue to be a little (and sometimes very) generous, both ...