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 ...

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 ...

The Digital Upload: FIVE DAYS LEFT

APRIL 10th is the deadline for your students’ work to be uploaded to IBIS - so at this point I’m hoping that by now everything has been finished and photographed/scanned etc - and either already uploaded to the IB or about to be uploaded. I uploaded the work for my students a few days ago. It’s the second time I have gone through this process and as usual it all went fairly smoothly, although I did have to contact IB Answers ...

VISUAL ARTS DIGITAL UPLOAD – GET STARTED!

HELPING YOURSELF AND/OR HELPING YOUR TEACHER (PREPARING FOR THE FINAL EXAMINATION/EXHIBITION) And so, depending on where you are and your teacher - and his/her plans and preparation for the visual arts digital upload - the time has come! I have to say, from my experience as an examiner this time last year, quite a few teachers were not very well prepared. Some left it all to the last minute; some had a minimal understanding of the technological issues involved. For example, not knowing how ...

HAPPY NEW YEAR! (and the DECEMBER GRADE AWARD!)

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m going to start my 2014 Blog with a quick look back to the most recent Visual arts grade award meeting, which occurred in Cardiff (Wales, UK) just before Christmas. Senior visual arts examiners together with the Chief and Deputy Chief examiners meet with the visual arts assessment team and the Subject Manager twice a year in Cardiff. We also had the pleasure of welcoming Charles, our December Grade Award teacher observer. (If you are interested in attending a ...

CONFIDENCE? I get marks for my confidence???

Well, as you may know, CONFIDENCE is included in one of the Studio assessment descriptors. Yes – in addition to everything else, the examiner wants you to be confident. “Since when did my personality affect my grade?” I admit, its sometimes strikes me as a little odd that the people who designed the visual arts assessment descriptors for this course back in 2008  felt not only that your confidence was an assessable item, but that it should contribute towards  your final mark. Actually it’s ...

Examining the digital upload

We are coming towards the end of April, and by now most examiners are well into the process of working their way through their digital upload allocations. Of course it’s not just the art teachers who miss the old ‘visiting examiner’ experience – many examiners also miss it. Arriving at a school and experiencing the physical reality of artworks in an exhibition context and talking to the student (invariably eager to explain their experiences of the creative process) was a wonderful experience. I ...

Digital Upload Success

Hi Greg and Cy (and others), Thanks for the comments and suggestions regarding recording the interview, handbrake, iMove/Quicktime etc - I have just finished uploading and submitting all files for my final year art class and didn’t need to compress the videos. I have also just posted this (below) on the OCC. I don’t want to underestimate the stress involved with the various changes to the visual arts assessment process, including the fact that teachers are now responsible for interviewing their students ...

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT (e-Upload practice, that is)

Hi all, It’s probably fair to say that there are quite a few somewhat worried IBDP art teachers out there at the moment, worried primarily about the digital upload, and things like the time it might take to upload the images, the pages, the interview recording etc Will it work? Will it take hours and hours? What if it doesn't work? What if you have a very slow Internet connection? Do you need Java? Do you need to be a professor of computing to cope with all the ...

THE VISUAL ARTS COURSE UPLOAD SCREEN (IBIS)

The visual arts digital upload is now open (Monday 25 February 2013) It seems fairly straightforward, but here is a step by step overview Go to IBIS! check that you have the correct session  (May 2013) click on the E-coursework tabs (there are two, one after the other) This opens up five drop down menus: Subject, Subject option, Level, Language and Component Then hit the “search coursework” (this will not open until you have completed the five drop down menus) The ...