Up Close and Personal

ASSESSMENT MYTHS NUMBER 2: “My work is personal: I thought that would get me a high mark?” No, I’m afraid not. “Personal work” will not necessarily get you any marks at all. This is often misunderstood both by students and teachers, and I suspect that part of the cause of the misunderstanding is the 2nd bullet point in the Studio markband descriptors – the one that states that the work “demonstrates the production of personally relevant artworks that show exploration of ideas ...

Its assessment, Jim – but not as we know it.

Let’s be clear: the upcoming changes to the visual arts assessment process have nothing to do with the way the work is assessed/the assessment criteria. In a sense it’s a peripheral change – there is still the interview, and the same number of photographs of studio work and copies of IWB are made, according level (HL or SL) and option (A or B). Examiners still take account of what is said in the interview, and they still judge work using the markband ...

Investigation, planning and integration – its a minefield

Many of my students come into class with a 'great'  idea, are excited about it, and really want to go with this 'first' idea, starting, like, now! I don't want them to lose either their enthusiasm or their idea, but I've seen a lot of wasted art supplies and materials, and unsuccessful art, resulting from this urgent but superficial approach. On the other hand, I think that an argument can be made that a reliance and/or emphasis on investigation, preparation etc can ...

“MUST MY EXHIBITION HAVE A THEME?”

This is a common question, often asked about halfway through the first year, but if you have students coming back to start their final year the issue of the theme may well be on their minds. The theme is certainly not a visual arts requirement, although there are references to it at various places in the visual arts subject guide. For example, the guide refers to the theme when making connections (“students might initially begin their investigation by working through an idea, ...