Collaboration? Huh! What is it Good For?

Do you have your students work collaboratively on art-making projects? In December 2015 I posted a blog about collaboration (To collaborate, or not to collaborate – that is the question!) But the issue has come up again, this time with some questions from teachers in a visual arts workshop I am running. My usual caveat is to do with problems with assessment of collaborative works, but to be honest that may not be the only problem. There is a general assumption ...

“DOES DIGITAL ART MATTER?”

“DOES DIGITAL ART MATTER?” The question was posed by a teacher in a recent IBDP Visual Arts Workshop.   The “Lens based, electronic and screen-based forms” column in the Visual Arts Guide “Art-making Forms table” has provoked some heated discussion among art teachers, some of it from extreme ends of the spectrum – e.g. those who have serious doubt about the value of spending even more of your life just tapping at a keyboard and staring at a screen as opposed to ...

Getting the new IA right – the 10 step programme

The “new IA” in visual arts is the exhibition. Work produced for internal assessment is marked by teachers and externally moderated by the IB. Internal assessment used to be the investigation workbook for most students (because most students took the A option), so it’s a bit of a reversal from the previous course. How to get it right? Here are 10 steps to success! Talk and listen to your teacher. Your teacher plays a vital role during both the planning stage, and the period when ...

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 ...

ONLINE and F2F VISUAL ARTS WORKSHOPS

A few weeks ago (July 15 - 18) the third annual IBDP Les Tapies visual arts workshop was held in a sunny little hamlet near to Saint Pierreville in the south of France. Thirteen art teachers from all over the world attended this category 3 workshop, and some also stayed on after the visual arts sessions to paint and draw in the beautiful Ardèche environment, creating their personal and artistic responses to being there. Changes to the methods of assessment were, ...