‘My work looks like a child did it compared to all the other students in my class with experience’

This month my post is a reply to a heartfelt comment written by a student. As you may know, its possible to leave comments after a blog post, and on 1st April a student made a comment in response to a post titled 'EXHIBITION ISSUES (part 3)' from August 2016. The comment did not refer directly to issues discussed in this particular blog (the ‘theme’, the curatorial rationale, optional supporting photographs etc.) but he was clearly venting! I have included the whole comment at ...

Everything you always wanted to know about the Visual Arts upload process…but were afraid to ask

Ibis Yes, its time! Gather your files/digital documentation of student work and go to IBIS! No, not the bird: I mean IBIS: the International Baccalaureate Information System (https://ibis.ibo.org/)   Collect your students' files, take a deep breath, stay calm, try not to get flustered or exasperated...its UPLOAD time! Here is your upload overview/guide to enlightenment, with instructions, reminders, advice, file information and dates and deadlines...what more could you want? *** Don't be confused when you see two dates (e.g. 20 April/20 October). April is for most 'May session' ...

Reminders for November session schools

If you are teaching in a “November session” school, October is a busy month! Here are some reminders: IBIS upload deadlines: 10 Oct         Predicted Grades and Internal Assessment marks 20 Oct            Internal Assessment (Exhibition) upload 30 Oct            Comparative Studies and Process Portfolio upload   Exhibition Reminders Students can use as many or as few processes/techniques as they like: there are no restrictions in the exhibition criteria for the range of media used. Students will not be penalised for only using ...

The Rationale (talking the talk vs walking the walk)

There is a DP Visual Arts Curriculum Review in progress at the moment, with a lot of art teachers voicing a lot of art teaching and art education concerns. Their voices are expressed through a lively and fascinating forum, with a lot of thoughts and opinions about art, art teaching, art issues, etc. A couple of recent posts relevant to examination experiences with the current course caught my eye. The authors of both posts are, like me, examiners of the Exhibition component.   1 My ...

“When NOT to…” (Visual Arts Exhibition No Nos)

By now I expect that many of you (students) are on holiday – so I’m pleased to see that you have spared a moment to check on the visual arts blog! If you have graduated I’m happy to see you and good luck on July 6th (RESULTS day!) If, on the other hand, you are in between the first and second year of the course, some of this blog may prove useful. I’m reflecting on more things seen during the last visual arts ...

WRITING FOR THE EXHIBITION

Hi students, if you are in a Northern Hemisphere school and in your final year as a DP visual arts student, the end is nigh. DP Arts deadlines are earlier than the deadlines for other DP subjects, and your teacher will probably ask for various files even before the ‘official’ deadlines so that he/she can check that all is OK. It’s probably a little stressful for you, but I know quite a few teachers who find this time of the year very ...

BLOOD, DUST AND CULTURE

I was forced to re-evaluate my definition of culture (and perhaps the many meanings of the word 'civilization') one night in Northern Tanzania when a group of Maasai tribesmen suggested that I drink the hot blood of a freshly slaughtered goat. This is life, Jim, I thought – but not as we know it. I’d watched the killing of the goat, and the invitation to drink the blood was a generous gesture of their hospitality, but no more than that – a ...

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 ...

EXHIBITION ISSUES (part 3)

REFLECTING ON EXHIBITION FILES PART 3: In my last two visual arts teacher Blog posts (June and July) I discussed issues and aspects of exhibitions submitted for moderation that I’d seen as an examiner. This is the third and final post relating to this. Some of those previous 'issues' included teacher comments, the value of trauma, exhibition photographs and size and scale (etc) and might have reflected a misunderstanding of some aspects of the course. This month I am continuing this ...

Visual Arts Exhibition Issues

I’ve seen a good few visual arts exhibition uploads since April 21st and I’m pleased to say I have seen some wonderful work. It’s one of the best parts of the job and the teachers and students who upload such great work should be congratulated. Their work is frequently sensational. In fact during the Grade Award face-to-face meetings in the IB Assessment Centre in Cardiff, visual arts senior examiners can often be found sitting in a room filled with screens and ...