Process Portfolio Checklist

HAPPY 2018! It’s the New Year! If you are in your second year as a DP visual arts student, and are in a ‘May session’ school in the Northern Hemisphere, now would be a great time to review your progress to date: it’s time to check on what you have, and have not, done in relation to all three components (Comparative Study, Process Portfolio and Exhibition). As I hope you know, in around three months’ time you will be submitting all of this ...

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE VISUAL ARTS ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Are you mad? Changing the criteria? The course has only just had its first examinations session and they are thinking of changing them already?     Like any good organization, the DP visual arts curriculum and assessment teams review, consider and where necessary adjust. And having scrutinized the files of many thousands of students in May, June and July, the decision was made to tweak the assessment criteria for the 2017 examination sessions. “Tweak” is the operative work here. There are of course no big ...

The Visual Arts Planning & Progress Form (6/VAPPF)

My school starts back in three weeks - 24th August - so thoughts are starting to turn towards the courses we teach and the students we will be working with. Whether you are about to start IBDP visual arts, or are about to enter the 2nd year, you will need to complete the visual arts planning & progress form. This is a relatively new (but mandatory) DP visual arts form - but hopefully your teacher will be aware of it. If he/she is ...

The start of the new school year looms…

For many of us, the start of the new school year looms, and one of the many questions art teachers might ask is how to stimulate and excite those new art students as they launch into their two year Diploma visual arts programme. There are, of course a variety of answers, and to a large extent they might depend on whether the students have ever held a paintbrush or written anything about art before. My school has no entry level pre-requisites, ...