YOUR TOP TEN VISUAL ARTS POSTS since 2010!

TOP 10 ART TEACHER favourites: the posts that have interested you most since 2010 Introduction This post is about the most popular visual arts issues as selected by you – i.e. as reflected by hits on the DP visual arts blog site. Out of more than 200 visual arts blogs since 2010 here are the teacher top ten: these may reflect the main issues and questions that interest teachers (or at least have been looked at most times) My latest posts are NOT ...

Virtual Assessment, Contemporary Art – and Predicted Grades

It’s August, which means that most final year visual arts students – and their teachers – now know how they did in terms of DP grades. I hope all went well. All the following relates to the current/-‘old’ course (Final exams 2015). With our subject in particular I think it’s important to acknowledge that it may be impossible to avoid all discrepancies in assessments – e.g. variations between what you think the correct mark is and what the examiner thinks. There a ...

Farewell interview videos – both on the OCC and the real thing!

OCC interview videos have GONE! The four interview videos that have been on the OCC for more than two years have now been removed. They were made because up until 2012 the visiting examiner had come to the school, looked at the exhibition and asked the questions. When this process was switched to the teacher asking the questions, the IB received numerous worried emails from teachers who did not know what to do and were asking for advice and guidance. The IB ...

Visual Arts and the M Word (“MEANING!”)

Recently I’ve been in correspondence with a friend and colleague, discussing the way that some students incorporate meaning into their art. My friend refers to this as the M word. His concern relates to the way that some students place too much value and importance on the meaning that they place on their art. Of course, art has meaning. Artworks can contain and communicate a huge variety of meanings, some intentional and some unintentional (and at this point this could stray into a ...

Examining the digital upload

We are coming towards the end of April, and by now most examiners are well into the process of working their way through their digital upload allocations. Of course it’s not just the art teachers who miss the old ‘visiting examiner’ experience – many examiners also miss it. Arriving at a school and experiencing the physical reality of artworks in an exhibition context and talking to the student (invariably eager to explain their experiences of the creative process) was a wonderful experience. I ...

THE INTERVIEW IS OPTIONAL

Yes, I know, we love the interview. It gives the students a chance to shine, to tell us about their challenges and triumphs, to articulate the way their investigations helped develop their studio work, to explain, justify and provide evidence of their success in some (or all!) of the assessment criteria, etc. But it doesn’t actually generate any cold, hard bankable marks. It certainly helps and yes, it can provide a deeper and greater understanding of the things that have happened ...

Its assessment, Jim – but not as we know it.

Let’s be clear: the upcoming changes to the visual arts assessment process have nothing to do with the way the work is assessed/the assessment criteria. In a sense it’s a peripheral change – there is still the interview, and the same number of photographs of studio work and copies of IWB are made, according level (HL or SL) and option (A or B). Examiners still take account of what is said in the interview, and they still judge work using the markband ...

All Things Must Pass (Visiting Examiner RIP)

Today I visited the final school, after a 23 year run – not bad. My very first visits (1989) were to interview students in the International School of Tanganyika (Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania) and the International School of Kenya (Nairobi). Since then I have examined regularly, and interviewed (very) roughly 1,000 students (?) It has always been an interesting, often enlightening and sometimes inspirational encounter, and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to be part of such a great process – I’ll miss ...

Online ART workshops – endings and beginnings…

I’ve just finished mentoring a category 1 online workshop for a hugely diverse group of art teachers spread out across the world – with participants logging on from such places as Abu Dhabi, South Korea, India, California, Hanoi, Shanghai, Sydney and Dar es Salaam. The end of an intense 6 week workshop is always bittersweet – some sense of relief that I do not have to log on every day to check on posts, reply to questions and/or give feedback on ...

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 ...