Skinny dipping is fine. Double dipping is NOT.

As promised, here is some feedback from the May 2015 Visual Arts Grade Award which recently took place at the IB DP Assessment Centre in Cardiff, Wales. Five years ago I blogged after attending a Grade Award meeting (June 2010) – at that stage we were a group of approximately 16 senior examiners, looking at Candidate Record Booklets (anyone remember them?!) and discussing marks awarded. Then in June 2012 the post-Grade Award blog highlighted “the evils of the Internet”. The discussions of marks ...

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 ...

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 ...

THE INTERVIEW IS OPTIONAL

Yes, I know, we love the interview. It gives the students a chance to shine, to tell us about their challenges and triumphs, to articulate the way their investigations helped develop their studio work, to explain, justify and provide evidence of their success in some (or all!) of the assessment criteria, etc. But it doesn’t actually generate any cold, hard bankable marks. It certainly helps and yes, it can provide a deeper and greater understanding of the things that have happened ...

Visual Arts Grade Award June 2012, part 1 – the evils of the Internet

The Chief Examiner, Deputy Chief Examiners and other senior examiners have just spent a busy, challenging but enjoyable few days in sunny Cardiff (Wales), looking through the studio work and investigation pages of visual arts candidates from schools all over the world. The diversity of work and the creativity  of our students never fails to impress, and at the end of the meeting we were able to make time to select some outstanding pieces for inclusion in the virtual gallery. The main ...