The Visual Arts Exhibition: Is Contemporary Art Penalized?

Conceptual Qualities? I was recently in conversation with the DP Visual Arts Chief Examiner, Subject Manager and Principal Examiner for Exhibition SL. The Subject Manager was interested in particular in our interpretation of the 'Conceptual Qualities' Exhibition criterion. A teacher had suggested that students who focused on styles and formats of contemporary art in their final art exhibition may not do as well as students who worked in more traditional forms (e.g. painting and drawing); in effect the suggestion was that contemporary art ...

Curious Curatorial Rationales

Curatorial issues As an examiner I've  read a lot of curatorial rationales over the last few weeks, and I wanted to share some rationale-related reflections. If you are a Visual Arts student in your first year (and in a May session school) then in around 9 months – or before – you will be writing one…  The words of the top HL Curatorial Rationale descriptor There are two strands – but many students hardly even address one. “…fully justifies the selection and arrangement of the ...

CONFIDENCE? I get marks for my confidence???

Well, as you may know, CONFIDENCE is included in one of the Studio assessment descriptors. Yes – in addition to everything else, the examiner wants you to be confident. “Since when did my personality affect my grade?” I admit, its sometimes strikes me as a little odd that the people who designed the visual arts assessment descriptors for this course back in 2008  felt not only that your confidence was an assessable item, but that it should contribute towards  your final mark. Actually it’s ...

Starting to think about the CRB?

Following on from last week's blog focus on the candidate statement, this one is about the CRB itself. My students have their IBDP visual arts examination at the end of March 2011, and I plan to send the Candidate Record Booklets to our examiner around mid-March - so there is still more than two months to go before the CRBs need to be finished, packaged up and sent - but still, I like to get the students thinking about all the ...