WHAT IS THE EXAMINER LOOKING FOR? (Relating to the 2015 visual arts upload for the current/’old’ course)

For many of us, this is more or less the last time that we will be thinking about “studio work” and the “investigation workbook” – certainly in those terms – because in a few weeks the visual arts course that started in 2009 will be just a fading memory. Personally speaking, as a course I felt it was far from perfect, but over the years I think most of us got used to it. One major flaw that frequently exasperated teachers in ...

CREATIVE ART SUMMER SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

3 WEEK CREATIVE ART SUMMER SCHOOL in the Ardèche (South of France) (Saturday 28 June - Saturday 19 July) Following on from the last visual arts blog which pointed students in the direction of a one or two week summer school in Italy, I thought I'd tell you about a fantastic three week summer school in the South of France! It’s March and summer might seem a long way away - but now is the time to consider what great – and in ...

DOODLING in the Investigation Workbook?

7fx0QcHyrFk As we all know, Investigation Workbooks should function as working documents and support the student’s independent, informed investigation and studio practice. v-pyuaThp-c&feature=em-share_video_user They provide an opportunity for reflection and discovery and they play a key role in allowing ideas to take shape and grow. One of the ways that ideas might ‘take shape and grow’ is through doodling: there should be a balance between analytical and open-ended discussion, illustrating the student’s creative thinking - but creative thinking itself might be expressed through ...

INTERVIEWS

I have been interviewing my final year IBDP visual arts students during last week and this week, giving them a chance to rehearse some of the things they might want to say to their examiner when their final exhibitions are up. They discussed their studio work (option A) and their investigation workbooks (option B), providing background information, explaining how one thing led to another, and generally presenting a much fuller picture than could be gleaned by just looking (for example) at ...

OK – so what do you want your art programme to look like?

Later this month I will be going to Cardiff to join a select group of people to discuss the current IBDP visual arts course – what’s wrong with it and what’s right with it. There will be teacher representatives from all over the world, including those journeying from Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, North America, Poland and Germany. The idea, of course, is not just to cast a critical eye over the current course; the real purpose is to start to think about ...