‘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 ...

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 ...

SO HOW WAS IT FOR YOU DARLING? (PART 3)

Well that’s it then. Now we can all roll over and light up a cigarette, metaphorically speaking – we’ve done it. The final visual arts upload deadline was April 30 and it’s now May, so for most - if not all - May session DP visual arts teachers, it’s done for another year. (If you are still struggling to do the deed, if IBIS is not co-operating, remember care and patience are the keys. Be gentle with IBIS otherwise it’ll never happen). The 2013 ...

The Visual Arts Planning & Progress Form (6/VAPPF)

My school starts back in three weeks - 24th August - so thoughts are starting to turn towards the courses we teach and the students we will be working with. Whether you are about to start IBDP visual arts, or are about to enter the 2nd year, you will need to complete the visual arts planning & progress form. This is a relatively new (but mandatory) DP visual arts form - but hopefully your teacher will be aware of it. If he/she is ...

HAPPY NEW YEAR! (VISUAL ARTS GRADE AWARD December 2014)

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m going to start my 2015 Blog with a quick look back to the most recent Visual arts grade award meeting, which for the first time ever was VIRTUAL. Grade Award meetings occur twice a year (in November and June) and previously have always taken place in Cardiff (Wales, UK). Senior visual arts examiners together with the Chief and Deputy Chief examiners met (virtually) with the visual arts assessment team and the Subject Manager. Usually we also have ...

Farewell interview videos – both on the OCC and the real thing!

OCC interview videos have GONE! The four interview videos that have been on the OCC for more than two years have now been removed. They were made because up until 2012 the visiting examiner had come to the school, looked at the exhibition and asked the questions. When this process was switched to the teacher asking the questions, the IB received numerous worried emails from teachers who did not know what to do and were asking for advice and guidance. The IB ...

Happy New Year (and farewell Option B – so long & thank you!)

Happy New year everyone! And yes – it’s a new start and a new year, but it’s also the end for some things, including the current visual arts course (final exams 2015) and in particular the B option, which does not figure in the new course. If you are a student now in your first year of DP visual arts, you are also among the last students to have the A or B choice. (The only choice in the new course will ...

Monday February 25th

a)      Two weeks to go. Another IBDP visual arts date for your diary: in two weeks (Monday February 25th) for teachers and DP coordinators the IBIS upload doors will (should) open. This will give you the opportunity to see the interface and to start uploading some of your students’ studio work and/or investigation pages. The final electronic submission deadline for all files will still be April 10th.   b)      The candidate upload. Inevitably the whole upload/submission process is going to be quite time-consuming, particularly for ...

Visual Arts Grade Award June 2012, part 2 – the Pilot e-submission

Last week I posted about the visual arts grade award meeting that occurred at the end of June. Of course, many things were discussed, but one item in particular received a lot of attention: the pilot form of  the change of the CRB, from  a paper booklet that was sent to the examiner (and a duplicate sent to the IA moderator) into a digital upload. At the Grade Award meeting, this change to electronic submission primarily meant that senior examiners had less ...

Brave New World: the e-CRB

I’m currently involved in a correspondence on the OCC visual arts forum about the interview, exchanging posts with some teachers who feel that a video of the interview will give a better representation of the interview than an audio recording. I’m not sure that’s necessarily true, but either way the time it’s taking – to set up, record and edit - especially if you have a lot of students – is causing some angst and anguish. Also, they seem to think that ...