COHERENCE? (‘Here is your theme. Stick to it for the next two years’)

Reconsider the theme: is it always a bad idea? There are many things wrong with these two sentences, as uttered by a visual arts teacher to one of his students. First of all, you don’t need to have a ‘theme’. Second, if you – the student – want a theme, it should NOT be selected and ‘enforced’ by your teacher. I've been told that some teachers give their students a 'theme' that has to be followed for two years. If ...

The Persistence of Pollock

In my last blog I talked about the regular appearance of Barbies in DP visual arts exhibitions. Following on from that – art styles/techniques that appear fairly regularly - an even more frequent offender is art that has been strongly influenced by the technique one particular abstract expressionist – and yes, I’m talking about Jackson Pollock, aka Jack the Dripper (1912–1956). Each session visual arts examiners tend see artworks that are the result of a process of splash, spatter and/or drip ...

Done and Dusted – for the last time ever.

That’s it then. Our examiner arrived on Thursday, spent about nine hours quietly working his way through this year’s visual arts cohort, and now almost all the exhibitions have come down and the students have taken a lot of their artwork home. (And we wait until July to see if the actual grades are within spitting distance of the predicted grades). Now it’s the Easter break, (including a couple more school visits and interviewing a few more students), then back to ...