Process Portfolio Questions from Students: Part 1

Hi all, If you are a student in the second year of your Diploma and in a ‘May session’ school, your final examinations are fast approaching. And if you are a visual arts student, next month—March 2018—is likely to be a busy one! The focus of this blog is the Process Portfolio component. Last month I posted the Process Portfolio checklist for HL and SL. This month I’m clarifying some points based on questions I’ve been asked by students about the Process Portfolio.  Questions—and ...

The commentary, copying, teaching…and the influence of Mr Warhol

The May 2014 Visual Arts subject report is available on the OCC. It contains a wealth of useful information. I’ve selected four bits that it may be useful to highlight. Rembrandt , via Wikimedia CommonsEverything in the report reflects my own experiences as an examiner in the last examination session. This Blog post is primarily about the visual arts course that will be finishing next year rather than the course that has just started. 1,000-word commentary. The 1,000-word written commentary is an alternative ...

I’m an artist! Why does IB care about where my ideas come from?

Because ideas come from somewhere and if you copy or use images or ideas without acknowledging the sources you may not get your Diploma. Admittedly, it’s complicated. d9ryPC8bxqE To start with, almost nothing is new or original. Artists see stuff, and may register it consciously or unconsciously, and a week later some version of what they saw might appear in their artwork. Did they rip it off? Have they stolen someone else’s ideas? Who knows – after all, everything’s a remix. The  (great!) YouTube video titled ...