Working from Observation (“direct observation”)

In September, for many schools it’s the start of another school year, and if you are a DP visual arts student, you will be either returning for your 2nd year or starting your first. Where to Start? Of course, your teacher will probably suggest some initial directions that your art might follow to start with, but – depending on how much freedom you have – you might want to explore one of the most traditional routes in art-making: working from observation. I have ...

7 Points from the Visual Arts Subject Report

The Visual Arts Subject Report for the last May session is in the shops now! (Not really – see the end of this post for how to get it.) This document is not a hypothetical aspirational document; it’s more of a reaction to and reflection on the things that you (teachers) uploaded for assessment. It’s a report and its based directly on the experiences of examiners, so it is valuable in a real and practical sense. It can be an interesting and revealing ...

Your PP needs mistakes! (its GOOD to make mistakes)

It’s obvious. It’s probably so obvious that it doesn’t need saying. But I sometimes encounter students who are perfectionists - or at least try to delete/hide all evidence of mistakes in their visual arts journal and/or Process Portfolio. It’s not that they hate making mistakes, its more that they don’t like to leave any evidence behind. I get it – why reveal your “weaknesses” when you are up to your neck in assessment worries? You want to impress the examiner with the consistently high ...

THE COMPARATIVE STUDY: SOME THOUGHTS

In recent blogs I have focused on the Exhibition with particular reference to the things I'd seen (i.e. files submitted) as an examiner. If interested please check out these recent blogs: 1 (June) Visual Arts Exhibition Issues 2 (July) Exhibition issues (part 2) 3 (August) Exhibition issues (part 3) But today I am posting about the Comparative Study. I was fortunate to be able attend the June Grade Award meeting at the IB assessment centre, and while there was able to engage in conversation with ...

THE VISUAL ARTS UPLOAD – FINAL REMINDERS!

Its less than three weeks before the deadline for all files to be uploaded (20 April)! REMINDERS PHOTOGRAPHING STUDIO WORK Photographs or videos of the studio work should be clear, reflect the work appropriately and be sized to fill a standard computer monitor screen at 100% zoom. For an especially large or detailed piece, separate close-up shots can be included in a later slot to detail further aspects of the piece. VIDEO No sound/music please! If submitting video, remember the emphasis on VISUAL arts. The ...

Design Technology – May 2014 Exam Reports Reminder…

Hi all, I hope the new syllabus is going well with your students in DP1 - however it is important to note that as always the IB has just released the May 2014 subject reports which is an essential resource for preparing and checking your DP2 students are on course for their exams in May 2015. In case you have not come across the subject reports before they are essential in that they show advice from senior examiners on how students did ...

Subject reports for the May 2014 session

Have you managed to download the chemistry subject report for the May examination session? They have been on the OCC for a few weeks now and are handily arranged into two pdf files according to the time zone. After reading through them there are a few things that are worth picking up and sharing with you. Firstly, the Internal Assessment. This is always a bone of contention although the examiners report is very positive (the cynical side of me wonders if this ...

Subject report 2014 and the Prof Penguin Channel

As this is the final year for the old style syllabus I thought I would review some of the salient points from the 2014 subject report under Internal assessment. If you have never read a subject report I encourage you to check them out on the OCC forum.Its worth reading not just the most recent (though thats an obviously good place to start). I have always found moderators to have mixed reactions to work on human physiology. One thing that has ...

The commentary, copying, teaching…and the influence of Mr Warhol

The May 2014 Visual Arts subject report is available on the OCC. It contains a wealth of useful information. I’ve selected four bits that it may be useful to highlight. Rembrandt , via Wikimedia CommonsEverything in the report reflects my own experiences as an examiner in the last examination session. This Blog post is primarily about the visual arts course that will be finishing next year rather than the course that has just started. 1,000-word commentary. The 1,000-word written commentary is an alternative ...

HAPPY NEW YEAR! (and the DECEMBER GRADE AWARD!)

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m going to start my 2014 Blog with a quick look back to the most recent Visual arts grade award meeting, which occurred in Cardiff (Wales, UK) just before Christmas. Senior visual arts examiners together with the Chief and Deputy Chief examiners meet with the visual arts assessment team and the Subject Manager twice a year in Cardiff. We also had the pleasure of welcoming Charles, our December Grade Award teacher observer. (If you are interested in attending a ...