Chess

I was taken aback to read the following headline and byline in today’s edition of The Guardian - Two players die at world chess event in Norway - Competitor dies in the middle of a match during Chess Olympiad in Norway and another is found dead in hotel room. At one stage of the day this report was in fact was the most popular article being read on the news media’s website. I had never thought about the stress and the strains of competition ...

Inspired by Design 3 – The Slingshot and Other Ideas to Help the Third World – Teachers Ideas

Well the academic year is well underway - and DP2 Major Projects should be in full flow. BUT are your students  stuck for some innovative ideas - have you not managed to get your students to find 'constructive discontent' regarding a specific design project. I always find that it is important to not only inspire students but make them understand that the process they are going through is simply NOT EASY for anyone, and that even the best may fail. ...

The u-turn

Last week I read an obituary for Christopher Koch the author of The Year of Living Dangerously. Koch’s novel was one of my favorite and frequently used reference books when I was teaching Indonesian history in high schools in Australia. Koch also wrote the first draft screenplay for the award-winning movie with the same title and which featured Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hunt in the lead roles The hero of that story was apparently loosely based on the life and ...

creativity

In my school days my left-handed friends were hounded by the good sisters of St. Joseph in Elementary School and later bullied by the De La Salle brothers in Middle and High School. To be left-handed was considered a sign of the devil they argued. There seemed to be some logic to the punishments. The Latin term "sinistra" (left handed) is where we derive the English word "sinister" and our Western culture is deep with myths, folklore and misunderstandings about ‘the left ...

Inspired by Design 1 – Herman Miller Teacher Ideas

Well to start off the teacher series of Inspired by Design please read the student article that accompanies this post - and please watch the excellent video as well. The video is a great starter to use with your students - at the beginning of the class to get some discussion around design and furniture design in particular. You could as I suggested to the students focus on the design of one of the classic chairs they have been responsible ...

An idea – the key business ingredient: serendipity or skill?

Last week I watched the original wherethehellismatt for the first time. There are five major videos plus outtakes and background videos on YouTube. Like millions before me I loved the videos, but what I found intriguing was the ‘about’ section, which described the story of Dancing Matt Harding and his viral videos. ‘He put the video of his dancing adventures on his blog (back then people had things called "blogs"), and then in 2005 he found it on a new site ...

Visual Arts Grade Award June 2012, part 1 – the evils of the Internet

The Chief Examiner, Deputy Chief Examiners and other senior examiners have just spent a busy, challenging but enjoyable few days in sunny Cardiff (Wales), looking through the studio work and investigation pages of visual arts candidates from schools all over the world. The diversity of work and the creativity  of our students never fails to impress, and at the end of the meeting we were able to make time to select some outstanding pieces for inclusion in the virtual gallery. The main ...

SOME ONLINE ART EDUCATION RESOURCES

The DP visual arts course currently has two components – studio and investigation. There will be three components in the new course, but in many ways the focus will stay the same: students will continue to research and look at art from different times and places, and they will continue to make art, and there will be a link between the two. 91mSLGOfH2E It’s great if your students can look at ‘real’ art, of course – exhibition and gallery visits, and if ...

They’re gonna put me in the movies

I was interviewed in the art room yesterday and filmed - believe it or not - by a genuine film crew – camera man, sound guy, lights man, interviewer, gaffer (hi Carlo!) etc. The interview was related to a film being made about our school, to be shown at recruitment fairs. It was unrehearsed and unscripted – nothing like the spontaneous  question and answer session! - and one of the questions was about the arts, and creativity in general in school and ...

CULTURAL CONVERGENCE (by Greg Morgan)

Greg is a friend, colleague, and fellow DP art teacher and examiner, and I have known him for a number of years. I have been consistently delighted by, and impressed with, his passion for our subject - visual arts - so I invited him to contribute something to this blog, and I am pleased to report that he has indeed written a thoughtful and thought-provoking piece. Please welcome our first 'Guest Blogger' - Greg Morgan! "Cultural Convergence by Greg Morgan Undertaking my high school education ...