Happy New Year (and MAKING THINGS YOURSELF!)

*All the below relates to the DP visual arts course for first examinations 2016. Here are some thoughts about the kinds of artwork that can be submitted for your final exhibition. Designing it vs making it If you design a beautiful dress, including the pattern on the fabric, but get someone else to make the dress, the dress can’t be submitted for your final exhibition. The guide says that any work selected for final assessment must have been made or constructed by you ...

The theme revisited!

I posted a blog about the THEME on June 25th in the STUDENT section of this blog site, and about a month later Marilyn posted a comment (and questions) in response to my blog Marilyn was/is surprised but some of the things I wrote, and questioned my authority to say such things. Fair enough - although Oxford Study Courses are actually quite particular about who they allow on their blog site! Anyway I replied to her questions (August 11th) - and have included ...

THE NUDE

In some cultures it is difficult - if not impossible - to run life drawing workshops for DP art students if the model (male or female) is nude. For some of the members of the school administration, parents, and possibly other teachers and students in those cultures, its a step too far. However, when it is possible, it can be a  real learning experience. A day devoted to an intensive period of observational study inevitable improves students' observational and analytical skills, ...

What part of ‘where no other activities are taking place’ do you not understand?

Where are you going to have your IBDP Visual Arts final exhibition? Page 21 of the visual arts guide discusses, among other things, the final examination interview, and states “The examiner may ask to see the exhibition space before beginning the interview. The viewing and discussion of the student’s work must be arranged in a quiet, well-lit room where no other activities are taking place and where the examiner can talk privately with the student. If students present visual arts work on ...