Its All about RELATIONSHIPS (Thematic or Stylistic) in Your Visual Arts Exhibition

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... I started teaching DP Visual Arts a little over thirty years ago, in Tanzania, in the 1980s (at ISM). At that time both the IB and ISM were relatively new – the IB started in 1968 and ISM started in 1969. I was entering a new stage in my life:  living in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, going on regular safaris into the Serengeti, learning about a new school, a new country, new ...

EXHIBITION ISSUES (part 3)

REFLECTING ON EXHIBITION FILES PART 3: In my last two visual arts teacher Blog posts (June and July) I discussed issues and aspects of exhibitions submitted for moderation that I’d seen as an examiner. This is the third and final post relating to this. Some of those previous 'issues' included teacher comments, the value of trauma, exhibition photographs and size and scale (etc) and might have reflected a misunderstanding of some aspects of the course. This month I am continuing this ...

From Clouds to Desire (“Thematic Relationships” in your visual arts exhibition)

As I’m sure you are well aware, (if you are a 2nd year DP visual arts student) April is UPLOAD month. There are 3 separate deadline dates. The exhibition files upload deadline is April 20. I hope all goes smoothly. My students have already had their final year exhibitions and of course we are hoping that they all do well! We had many discussions about their exhibitions, strengths and weaknesses, and of course the assessment criteria. All of the students explored a number ...

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 ...

The theme revisited!

I posted a blog about the THEME on June 25th in the STUDENT section of this blog site, and about a month later Marilyn posted a comment (and questions) in response to my blog Marilyn was/is surprised but some of the things I wrote, and questioned my authority to say such things. Fair enough - although Oxford Study Courses are actually quite particular about who they allow on their blog site! Anyway I replied to her questions (August 11th) - and have included ...

Question: “DO I NEED TO HAVE A THEME?”

Answer: Aaargh!  NO! This is one of the most common questions that visual arts students ask and is also one that many DP art teachers get wrong. The simple answer is NO – there is absolutely no need for students to have a theme and when they do have a theme students sometimes fail because their approach to their theme is too restricted and blinkered. In effect the theme prevents them from doing very well. The more complicated answer is still no, but ...

Issues and Concerns in teaching the visual arts course

I've been looking at Candidate Record Booklets containing evidence of studio work and investigation from students just examined in schools in the southern hemisphere. (These schools typically have their examination visit and interview in November). Predictably, the 'southern hemisphere' teachers and students (many in Latin America. Australia and New Zealand) experience many issues that are similar to those encountered by teachers and students in the northern hemisphere. The report on this session will appear online (OCC) in early 2011, and examiner comments ...