PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE VISUAL ARTS ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Are you mad? Changing the criteria? The course has only just had its first examinations session and they are thinking of changing them already?     Like any good organization, the DP visual arts curriculum and assessment teams review, consider and where necessary adjust. And having scrutinized the files of many thousands of students in May, June and July, the decision was made to tweak the assessment criteria for the 2017 examination sessions. “Tweak” is the operative work here. There are of course no big ...

THE COMPARATIVE STUDY: SOME THOUGHTS

In recent blogs I have focused on the Exhibition with particular reference to the things I'd seen (i.e. files submitted) as an examiner. If interested please check out these recent blogs: 1 (June) Visual Arts Exhibition Issues 2 (July) Exhibition issues (part 2) 3 (August) Exhibition issues (part 3) But today I am posting about the Comparative Study. I was fortunate to be able attend the June Grade Award meeting at the IB assessment centre, and while there was able to engage in conversation with ...

PROCESS PORTFOLIO: 5 TIPS

So...the PROCESS PORTFOLIO. In recent student blogs I have discussed: Theory of Knowledge and Contemporary Art, (July) Photographs and the exhibition” (August) and MUSEUMS, ARTEFACTS and the COMPARATIVE STUDY (July) ...so am posting today about the Process Portfolio. I had the opportunity to talk with some of the senior PP examination team when we gathered at the IB Assessment Centre. These examiners spent many hours looking through PP files submitted for the last examination session, and I gained some great insights into some PP issues through ...

MUSEUMS, ARTEFACTS and the COMPARATIVE STUDY

Comparative Study: avoid the OBVIOUS! Some artists and artworks are always popular choices with many students. I can guarantee that your Comparative Study examiner will see A LOT of student discussions and comparisons of Pop Art and Surrealist paintings. They are obvious and predictable. So why not try thinking outside the box? IBDP visual arts comparative study documentation says “Students are required to analyse and compare artworks, objects or artifacts by different artists. This independent critical and contextual investigation should explore artworks, objects ...

Everything you wanted to know about your PP and your VAJ (but were afraid to ask)

One issue seems to puzzle some students: What is the relationship between the Process Portfolio and the Visual Arts Journal (henceforth referred to respectively as the PP and the VAJ)? Some students feel the VAJ has little importance because they see that the PP gets 40% of the marks and the VAJ does not appear to be assessed at all (in the sense that there is no VAJ assessment component) …Hence the feeling that the PP is essentially the same as the VAJ ...

SO HOW WAS IT FOR YOU DARLING? (PART 3)

Well that’s it then. Now we can all roll over and light up a cigarette, metaphorically speaking – we’ve done it. The final visual arts upload deadline was April 30 and it’s now May, so for most - if not all - May session DP visual arts teachers, it’s done for another year. (If you are still struggling to do the deed, if IBIS is not co-operating, remember care and patience are the keys. Be gentle with IBIS otherwise it’ll never happen). The 2013 ...

Top Ten Visual Arts Tips (and Reminders) for Students!

OK, students, here are the Visual Arts Top Ten Tips for exam success. Its February and next month – or at the latest the following month - is upload time. I have provided tips for each of your three assessment components. Read, respond and relax! THE COMPARATIVE STUDY (20%) 1 CULTURAL CONTRAST Your selected artworks must come from more than one cultural context. They may be from a similar time frame or cultural tradition, provided that there is depth to the consideration of how each ...

The Digital Upload: First Time For The New Course – What To Do!

This all relates to the imminent visual arts examination session. It goes without saying (I hope) that you should have everything ready for the upload well BEFORE you start the upload process: that means, for example, a digital folder called “Exhibition” containing a series of folders for the exhibition files for each of your students. OK, the nitty gritty: in order of things to be uploaded. The upload starts with IBIS. You should have your User ID, password and PIN ready. 1 Predicted Grade and ...

Sound and Vision in the Visual Arts Digital Upload

Just so we’re clear, NO MORE ‘INTERVIEW’ VIDEOS NO VIDEOS IN THE COMPARATIVE STUDY NO VIDEOS IN THE PROCESS PORTFOLIO VIDEOS OK IN EXHIBITION BUT MAXIMUM 5 MINUTES NO SOUND IN VIDEOS  "Only 5 minutes and no sound????” VIDEOS: 5 minutes maximum Yes, but you can do a lot in 5 minutes. You can actually do a lot in two minutes, so just think “less is more” when your students are wielding that camera. In fact don’t just think it, write in on a big board in ...

The Visual Arts Planning & Progress Form (6/VAPPF)

My school starts back in three weeks - 24th August - so thoughts are starting to turn towards the courses we teach and the students we will be working with. Whether you are about to start IBDP visual arts, or are about to enter the 2nd year, you will need to complete the visual arts planning & progress form. This is a relatively new (but mandatory) DP visual arts form - but hopefully your teacher will be aware of it. If he/she is ...