New Art Teacher? 5 Visual Arts Starting Points!

5 visual arts starting points It's September and in art rooms all over the world DP visual arts teachers are starting to teach this two year course. I recently received an email from an old friend who is now Associate Head of School at an IB school in North America. He wrote: 'We have an extremely talented art teacher who was new to the IB last year and, understandably, had some moderation issues.  She needs some guidance and I immediately thought of ...

The Curatorial Rationale: avoid ARTSPEAK!

Write in plain English (or Spanish or French) - And avoid ARTSPEAK (“Meaningless convoluted twaddle”). Some people say that art should speak for itself and that writing about art is pointless. In fact in the Theory of Knowledge guide Arts section there is the question, “Is there any point in discussing the arts - should we not simply experience them?” Other questions in the same section are: “How can the subjective viewpoint of an individual contribute to knowledge in the arts?” “On what basis ...

Getting the new IA right – the 10 step programme

The “new IA” in visual arts is the exhibition. Work produced for internal assessment is marked by teachers and externally moderated by the IB. Internal assessment used to be the investigation workbook for most students (because most students took the A option), so it’s a bit of a reversal from the previous course. How to get it right? Here are 10 steps to success! Talk and listen to your teacher. Your teacher plays a vital role during both the planning stage, and the period when ...

THE VISUAL ARTS UPLOAD – FINAL REMINDERS!

Its less than three weeks before the deadline for all files to be uploaded (20 April)! REMINDERS PHOTOGRAPHING STUDIO WORK Photographs or videos of the studio work should be clear, reflect the work appropriately and be sized to fill a standard computer monitor screen at 100% zoom. For an especially large or detailed piece, separate close-up shots can be included in a later slot to detail further aspects of the piece. VIDEO No sound/music please! If submitting video, remember the emphasis on VISUAL arts. The ...

March 2015: the end is nigh!

If you are in your final year of DP visual arts, the end is near! The final deadline for your visual arts files to be uploaded to the IB is next month - April 20 - but a lot needs to happen before then, and if you have to factor a March/April school holiday (Easter?) into the period it might get tricky. At my school we are having the exhibition before the holiday, which means the show goes up this month. So ...

March 2015: the end is nigh!

If you are in your final year of DP visual arts, the end is near! The final deadline for your visual arts files to be uploaded to the IB is next month - April 20 - but a lot needs to happen before then, and if you have to factor a March/April school holiday (Easter?) into the period it might get tricky. At my school we are having the exhibition before the holiday, which means the show goes up this month. So ...

The commentary, copying, teaching…and the influence of Mr Warhol

The May 2014 Visual Arts subject report is available on the OCC. It contains a wealth of useful information. I’ve selected four bits that it may be useful to highlight. Rembrandt , via Wikimedia CommonsEverything in the report reflects my own experiences as an examiner in the last examination session. This Blog post is primarily about the visual arts course that will be finishing next year rather than the course that has just started. 1,000-word commentary. The 1,000-word written commentary is an alternative ...

COMPARING OLD AND NEW: 14 DIFFERENCES (part 1: today’s blog – the top 7)

In my last post, I wrote about the similarities between the old/current visual arts course and the new one starting any day now. You can find the post here.   However, there are also significant differences, so here I will discuss some of these. I have listed my first seven here. Some are obvious but others may not be. I am lining up another set of differences between the current and the new course for a future blog post. Stay tuned!   DIFFERENCES BETWEEN OLD/CURRENT AND NEW ...

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 ...

INVESTIGATION WORKBOOK, VISUAL ARTS JOURNAL, PROCESS PORTFOLIO etc = BFF

The pages of your journal or workbook document the development of your ideas and help the creative process. I love pages, the process, the growing ideas and the mistakes - yes, I love the mistakes. The mistakes show your struggle, they let readers see the directions you were thinking of going in, they are evidence of the ideas that we otherwise would not know about…   Within the IB Diploma Programme visual arts course we currently have an INVESTIGATION WORKBOOK. In a few ...