50 Shades of Grey Areas: Ethics and Plagiarism

Shades of Grey (Areas) Plagiarism itself is not a grey area. It’s black and white. But what about being influenced, reminded, informed or inspired? My blog this month has a Theory of Knowledge (ToK) flavour. There is a lot of visual arts/ToK overlap, but one recent ToK class had a little more ‘art’ than usual. It was about sources of inspiration. We started out by watching the fabulous Everything is a Remix video* *Many thanks to Kirby Ferguson. See also: https://www.ted.com/talks/kirby_ferguson_embrace_the_remix http://kirbyferguson.com/ Art, and the Arts, and plagiarism have a somewhat ...

ONLINE and F2F VISUAL ARTS WORKSHOPS

A few weeks ago (July 15 - 18) the third annual IBDP Les Tapies visual arts workshop was held in a sunny little hamlet near to Saint Pierreville in the south of France. Thirteen art teachers from all over the world attended this category 3 workshop, and some also stayed on after the visual arts sessions to paint and draw in the beautiful Ardèche environment, creating their personal and artistic responses to being there. Changes to the methods of assessment were, ...

May-June Art Workshops

In  just less than three weeks I'm mentoring two online ART workshops. One runs for 4 weeks and is aimed at teachers new to the IBDP visual arts programme. May 28 – June 25             4 week DP Visual Arts Online Workshop                                (Category 1) The other lasts three weeks and is an exploration of how artists have used the art of others in creating their own art - we'll be looking at and discussing such issues as appropriation, transcription and plagiarism. The target ...

‘Borrowing’ from YouTube

Artists are often magpies, continually looking out for ideas  and/or images, provocative or otherwise, that they can 'appropriate' or borrow, often incorporating  these elements into their own work, sometimes acknowledging them, sometimes not. The great Roy Lichtenstein was accused of plagiarizing - or at least borrowing -  'Whaam!' is based on an image from 'All American Men of War' published by DC comics in 1962. http://graphicnovel.zachwhalen.net/content/roy-lichtenstein-art-or-plagiarism But fifty years on things are a lot more complex, and in the world of art education ...