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 ...

Visual Arts Process Portfolio: choices (and some points)

I think one point needs making at the start: there is no single route to process portfolio success. Examiners are not expecting one ‘style’ or format, or that all Process Portfolios will look the same: it is assumed that you (e.g. different students) will adopt different approaches. However, its important to be aware of the following points: 1 What’s in a ‘screen’? The main dilemma for some is whether to make the process portfolio a primarily digital construct with screens assembled on a ...

Comparative Study Starting Points

If you are taking the new visual arts course by now you will probably have heard about the three components and learned some of the details. One thing you’re going to do is write and submit a COMPARATIVE STUDY. It counts for 20% of the final mark so does not contribute massively to a final grade, but it’s still worth taking seriously – 20% is still 20%. The examiner will be looking for analysis of formal qualities, interpretation of function and purpose, ...