Visual Arts Exhibition Issues

I’ve seen a good few visual arts exhibition uploads since April 21st and I’m pleased to say I have seen some wonderful work. It’s one of the best parts of the job and the teachers and students who upload such great work should be congratulated. Their work is frequently sensational. In fact during the Grade Award face-to-face meetings in the IB Assessment Centre in Cardiff, visual arts senior examiners can often be found sitting in a room filled with screens and ...

VISUAL ARTS GRADE AWARD JUNE 2013 part 1

Together with a group of other senior examiners, the chief examiner, the Subject Manager and various other IBDP important assessment people, I have just spent a week in sunny Cardiff, the lively capital city of Wales and home of the IBDP Assessment Centre. It was a busy, interesting, challenging and very productive week. Prior to arrival I wondered how the new digital upload process and the new ‘teacher interview’ process would affect things, but was pleasantly surprised to find everything very much ...

Visual Arts Grade Award June 2012 part 4: the eyes that drip paint

This is the fourth and final blog post following on from the visual arts Grade Award meeting that occurred at the end of June. This time the issue is popular/fashionable - and sometimes stereotypical -  images and techniques: things that many students like to present as part of their final exhibition and which, therefore, we see repeatedly. At Grade Award (where we obviously have a great overview of visual arts exhibitions from all over the world) one particular technique/image frequently cropped up ...

Visual Arts Grade Award June 2012 part 3 the dog ate my workbook

My last two posts were reflections on some of the things that happened during visual arts Grade Award meetings in Cardiff (Wales). The Grade Award meetings are also where ‘adverse circumstances’ are considered. The D2 form (for 'candidates affected by adverse circumstances and/or a temporary medical condition')  is available to teachers (through their DP Coordinator) if something has happened, for example, to a candidate’s studio work or investigation workbook that means he/she will be placed in an unfair position when it is ...

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 ...

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (digital issues)

VISUAL ARTS Grade Award Meetings, Cardiff December 2011 Visual Arts Grade Award meetings are fascinating, every day filled with a huge variety of Studio work images to look at and Investigation Workbook pages to read. It’s a busy, challenging but enjoyable experience, and it always throws up interesting questions - about art, assessment issues and the complex visual arts descriptors that everything gets judged by. One of the issues that caused a lot of discussion over the last few days in Cardiff (and ...

Visual Arts Grade Award June 2011

                  I have just returned from five days in sunny Cardiff (Wales), with each day solidly focussed on reviewing, analysing, assessing and discussing the many studio artworks and investigation workbook pages submitted by candidates through their Candidate Record Booklets. In all cases our primary purpose was to come to an accurate assessment of the work, whether it was component A or B, and Higher or Standard level. Candidate Record Booklets were selected for us to look at for a variety of reasons, but ...

VISUAL ARTS GRADE AWARD, CARDIFF, 2010

I have just returned from five busy, stimulating (and sunny) days attending the Visual Arts Grade Award meetings in Cardiff, with, predictably, a major focus of assessment and moderation. Those present included IBDP Visual Arts Team Leaders, Principal Examiners, Deputy Chief Examiners and of course the Chief Examiner, as well as the Assessment Subject Area Manager and the Assessment and Curriculum Coordinator. One issue was repeated a number of times: some teachers continue to be a little (and sometimes very) generous, both ...