What’s different about the IB Diploma? From an IB student’s perspective

So, you have already chosen to do the IB – great decision! As you may know, the diploma programme is one of the fastest growing systems in the world (IB Fast Facts). Not only that, but you are joining a cohort of students that is truly global in outlook. In fact, over 2500 schools worldwide are now doing the IB. So what is the real difference between doing the diploma as opposed to other systems? As an ex-IB student myself, I ...

The Afghan girl – the new Barbie?

BIgx-nkFL6c When you (a student) are dealing with iconic images (such as Steve McCurry’s ‘Afghan Girl’ photograph) and want to integrate the icon somehow into your own art, be careful: think through your reasons, the outcome, and what the audience (or examiner) response might be to the outcome. 6XAXLCtlpiU As an examiner I frequently encounter iconic images that have been used (re-used?) in a piece of student art, and the Afghan girl is a good example. cK6EnFu3NHc Her face often becomes part of a visual ...

Visual Arts and the Theory of Knowledge

I have been watching some Theory of Knowledge presentations by grade 11 students., and this afternoon saw a student discuss using the 'found' object as art, alluding to the works of Duchamp, Picasso, Carl Andre, Tony Cragg and Sarah Lucas. She was exploring the nature and purpose of contemporary western art, and she brought in the possibilities (and the possible value and validity) of garbage, trash and rubbish art. These ToK presentations require students to identify and explore the knowledge issues raised by ...

Aaaargh! Not another Barbie!

Aaaargh! Not another Barbie! As most of you will no doubt know, Barbie is a doll, loved by many generations of little girls. (There was also Ken, but he's not really part of this blog). Barbie is an icon, and she has also become an element in quite a few IBDP student final art exhibitions. The proportions of the figure, the hair, the eyes and the smile are often used to represent the unattainable ideal, the pressure in this case on females  ...