Academic Honesty: Acknowledge Everything!

I’m a visual arts examiner, so recently I have had the pleasure of looking at and assessing a wide range of uploaded visual arts work. It is one of the best parts of the job, and I really enjoy seeing the fantastic work submitted by creative and productive students from all over the world! "Reworking" Images As an examiner I regularly encounter "reworked" images that have either been directly copied from images found on the internet or are an adjusted/modified version of the ...

Everything you always wanted to know about the Visual Arts upload process…but were afraid to ask

Ibis Yes, its time! Gather your files/digital documentation of student work and go to IBIS! No, not the bird: I mean IBIS: the International Baccalaureate Information System (https://ibis.ibo.org/)   Collect your students' files, take a deep breath, stay calm, try not to get flustered or exasperated...its UPLOAD time! Here is your upload overview/guide to enlightenment, with instructions, reminders, advice, file information and dates and deadlines...what more could you want? *** Don't be confused when you see two dates (e.g. 20 April/20 October). April is for most 'May session' ...

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES (to the Visual Arts Guide)

David Bowie - Changes Lyrics | MetroLyrics “Turn and face the strange ch-ch-changes. Ooh, look out you rock 'n' rollers! Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes, turn and face the strange ch-ch-changes. Pretty soon now you're gonna get older…” http://www.metrolyrics.com/changes-lyrics-david-bowie.html Yes, changes. As most of you (probably) know, the DP visual arts team have been working relentlessly to keep the guide as useful and accurate as possible, and this blog highlights a few of the ch-ch-changes. (Look out you rock n rollers!) The 2017 revised Guide is available on the OCC. Two ...

Art too bad to be ignored

In the Visual Arts Guide there is a series of questions related to TOK “that a visual arts student might consider” To what extent is artistic knowledge something which cannot be expressed in any other way? Are ways of knowing employed in radically different ways in the arts than in other areas of knowledge? To what extent does imagination play a special role in the visual arts? What moral responsibilities do artists have? How can the subjective viewpoint of an ...

When does art become offensive?

When does art become offensive? I’ve recently come back from a visual arts workshop in Dubai (United Arab Emirates). One of the things teachers touched on was the impact of cultural context of what and how we teach art, and the need for sensitivity to that context, responding to it and on some cases working around it. Teachers talked about the limits on what could be discussed openly with students, and explained that some things absolutely could not be part of the visual ...

2014! Year of the Horse – and the Course!

STAY UP TO DATE WITH YOUR TEACHING! Don’t forget to sign up for a visual arts workshop! The new course starts next September for most Northern Hemisphere schools, and January 2015 for most Southern Hemisphere schools. The last assessment for the current course is 2015 and the first examination session for the new course will be 2016. Time flies when you are having fun. There are (I estimate, some still to be confirmed) 40 IB DP visual arts workshops between now and December 2014. ...

Its a TWO year course!

Hi all, At both Higher and Standard level, Diploma Programme courses are designed to run for two years. In fact (more or less) the first thing that the visual arts guide states is "The Diploma Programme is a rigorous pre-university course of study designed for students in the 16 to 19 age range. It is a broad-based two-year course that aims to encourage students to be knowledgeable and inquiring, but also caring and compassionate. There is a strong emphasis on encouraging students to ...

The new visual arts course

  In just over two years – actually in February 2014 – a draft version of the visual arts guide for the course running from 2014 – 2021 is due to be published. The first teaching of the new course will occur in August/September of 2014.   Last week I spent a few very busy, interesting and stimulating days in the new IB offices in The Hague, discussing in some detail various aspects of the new course.   There will still be at least three ...

Landscape

gd 11 student work 2 gd 11 student work 1 school view 3 school view 2 School view 1 As you perhaps know, the current visual arts guide states that the Diploma Programme visual arts syllabus provides a framework that allows teachers to choose content and activities appropriate to both their students’ interests and experience and their own. When constructing a course of study, the teacher must bear in mind the visual arts assessment criteria and the ...