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 farewell Option B – so long & thank you!)

Happy New year everyone! And yes – it’s a new start and a new year, but it’s also the end for some things, including the current visual arts course (final exams 2015) and in particular the B option, which does not figure in the new course. If you are a student now in your first year of DP visual arts, you are also among the last students to have the A or B choice. (The only choice in the new course will ...

“In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”

 THE 15 MINUTE INTERVIEW By Kightlinger, Jack E., White House photo , via Wikimedia Commons“15 minutes of fame is short-lived media publicity or celebrity of an individual or phenomenon. The expression was coined by Andy Warhol, who said in 1968 that "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." The phenomenon is often used in reference to figures in the entertainment industry or other areas of popular culture, such as reality television and YouTube. It is believed that ...

Brief Summary of THE CHANGES!

The changes to the assessment process: a brief summary Changes From 2013 Electronic submission No more candidate record booklets! – replaced by upload, via IBIS, of a portfolio of selected coursework, and a recording (audio or video) of the interview The quantity of work to be submitted remains the same (page 19 of the Visual arts guide, published March 2007) Studio work (including exhibition photographs wherever possible) Investigation workbook pages Candidate statement Teacher mark and statement justifying the mark awarded for internal assessment Candidate ...

How do you like your kitsch – Koons or Tretchikoff?

Greg posted a comment on my last blog, and mentioned Vladimir Tretchikoff and his famous Chinese Girl/Blue Lady. I certainly remember Tina looking down on me from somebody’s front room, above the fireplace, somewhere. jkEOKH8ejeA 3XGGe4YXWZU&playnext=1&list=PLB933E7233C5FE474&feature=results_video It used to be quite easy to sneer at kitsch and artists such as Tretchikoff, but post-modernist irony and artists such as Jeff Koons  have made the whole subject a lot more complicated. 'Taste' is tough to define, but some kitsch, although perhaps technically skillful, is simply predictable and/or conceptually vacuous - although it ...

WHAT SIZE IS YOUR INVESTIGATION WORKBOOK?

Last week (June 15th) I posted about how many investigation pages you might ask your students to create, and in that post I also mentioned the usual Investigation Workbook sizes that students work in – A4 (29.7 x 21 cm or 11,7 x 16.5 inches) and A3 (42 x 29.7cm or 16.5 x 11.7 inches). I received a prompt comment suggesting that A3 is the best size. I agree with this, and I have my students work with A3 workbooks. The larger size allows for ...

To ‘B’ or not to ‘B’

 My students have now been registered with IB for the 2012 exams, and, as usual, I have a couple who have decided to go down the option B route. Globally, option B has never been a particularly popular choice, with a consistently small percentage of candidates choosing it over the years, and by far the majority taking option A. I know of some schools that do not ever offer it – the only choice their students have is option A. Having been the ...

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 ...