INTERVIEWS

I have been interviewing my final year IBDP visual arts students during last week and this week, giving them a chance to rehearse some of the things they might want to say to their examiner when their final exhibitions are up. They discussed their studio work (option A) and their investigation workbooks (option B), providing background information, explaining how one thing led to another, and generally presenting a much fuller picture than could be gleaned by just looking (for example) at ...

ARTISTS USING ART: a three week workshop (February 2012)

I have been fascinated by the way that art inspires, influences or informs other art for many years. There are of course many examples of this throughout history, and it goes on today, under a variety of names – re-contextualization, reinterpretation, pastiche, transcription, homage, appropriation, parody etc. It’s an assignment I occasionally set my students, because it involves things that I think will benefit them – for example, I ask them to to investigate art (usually from different times and cultures), find ...

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 ...