Is it a Plane? Is it a Bird? No! It’s a CLICHÉ (Part 2)

Hi Greg, I agree – there is usually nothing intrinsically or necessarily wrong with a clichéd image. When first seen it was (obviously) not the overfamiliar thing is has since become. A good example of “it ain't what you do it's the way that you do it!” is Yue Minjun’s reworking of various western cliché images – for example the well-known pose (cliché) of Marilyn Monroe in the Seven Year Itch, in which Yue Minjun uses a version of his own face and ...

Create a Virtual Exhibition

I first blogged about the Google Art Project in February 2011. Since then this project has grown in size and usefulness. At the time of writing there are 155 art collections and 32470 artworks available to view: once there you can look at entire collections, look at the work of individual artists, or at individual artworks. Either way it’s a great resource. My grade 11 students are embarking on an assignment that asks them to create their own ‘virtual’ exhibition – to select ...

CULTURAL CONVERGENCE (by Greg Morgan)

Greg is a friend, colleague, and fellow DP art teacher and examiner, and I have known him for a number of years. I have been consistently delighted by, and impressed with, his passion for our subject - visual arts - so I invited him to contribute something to this blog, and I am pleased to report that he has indeed written a thoughtful and thought-provoking piece. Please welcome our first 'Guest Blogger' - Greg Morgan! "Cultural Convergence by Greg Morgan Undertaking my high school education ...

Surrealism Today?

Ultimate Dog Tease  nGeKSiCQkPw Surrealism is alive and well and quite a lot of it appears on YouTube (e.g. gorillas who play drums, dogs that talk, cats who think aloud and swear quite a lot). In the investigation component we ask students to analyse and compare art from different cultures and times, and consider it for its function and significance, and in studio we ask for the production of artworks that explore ideas reflecting cultural and historical awareness and artistic qualities. I'm not sure if any ...

THE VENICE BIENNALE

Venice Biennale http://www.labiennale.org/en/Home.html The Venice Biennale opened on June 1st, with many pieces and ideas reflecting the more political stance of many contemporary artists. I know a number of (mainly UK and European) schools that organize school trips so that their IBDP visual arts students can see the artworks presented first hand, but whether you can get there or not the Biennale is a great opportunity for our students to engage with current artistic thinking and to reflect on the various directions contemporary ...

Art Initiative from Google

Titian , via Wikimedia Commons Edgar Degas , via Wikimedia CommonsYou and/or your students may be interested in a recent initiative from Google. Google have collaborated with some well known art museums to enable people to discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in great detail. This could be a very useful teaching and learning resource: for example, in  the Investigation Workbook, students should be analysing and comparing art from different cultures and times, and considering it for ...