The NEW visual arts course

  In my last blog I made some mention of the new DP visual arts course and suggested the 'top 4' differences between the current and the new course, but it’s probably about time to start talking about it in a bit more detail. Hopefully quite a few of you will already have participated in a workshop, either online or face-to-face. IB Diploma Programme subjects usually have a seven year lifespan. The current visual arts course (started in 2009) still obviously has ...

Brave New World: the e-CRB

I’m currently involved in a correspondence on the OCC visual arts forum about the interview, exchanging posts with some teachers who feel that a video of the interview will give a better representation of the interview than an audio recording. I’m not sure that’s necessarily true, but either way the time it’s taking – to set up, record and edit - especially if you have a lot of students – is causing some angst and anguish. Also, they seem to think that ...

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 ...

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 ...

Thoughts on the Candidate Statement

First – Happy New Year! OK – onto business. All of your final year students must write a 300-word candidate statement to be attached to page 5 of the Candidate Record Booklet. Here are some thoughts and suggestions. 1. Use a computer As an examiner, unless the candidate has very legible handwriting, I would recommend that your students use a computer to compose and print the statement, so that there are no worries about whether it is legible or not. Also, the word-count and ...