Two Sites You Might Usefully Explore

Workshops are a two-way street, as we know.  From time to time I pick up very good hints from participants.  I also have used one of these sites when I want to give students a better sense of the writers they are studying.  Neither may be new to you, but perhaps not. The first of these could be a boon to anyone teaching drama in a part of the syllabus, particularly Part 3, the study of genres.  Many of us have ...

May-June Art Workshops

In  just less than three weeks I'm mentoring two online ART workshops. One runs for 4 weeks and is aimed at teachers new to the IBDP visual arts programme. May 28 – June 25             4 week DP Visual Arts Online Workshop                                (Category 1) The other lasts three weeks and is an exploration of how artists have used the art of others in creating their own art - we'll be looking at and discussing such issues as appropriation, transcription and plagiarism. The target ...

Leading a workshop

By Friday, December 16, 2011 , 0

To become a workshop leader you need to apply to the IB through the OCC website. Experience with the programme is required.   Preparation leading to facilitating a workshop is a three to five month process that starts with an invite to a given workshop/destination. I was excited when asked in the summer to go to New Orleans for December 9. You then prepare your workbook online, and submit so that it can be printed in the locality of the given workshop ...

The end of the visiting examiner and the new visual arts course (again)

It is, I admit, a little confusing – the process of assessment is changing in the middle of the course, (insofar as the examiner will stop interviewing and the teacher will take over this role) and the course itself is soon to end before being reborn (phoenix like) in yet another incarnation. So it’s hardly surprising that the two issues get mixed up in some peoples’ minds. On the OCC teachers are still asking if the examiner is really not coming to ...

Close (Workshop) Encounters of the Artistic Kind

By Sunday, August 7, 2011 , 0

Although some IBDP visual arts art workshops try to include some element of art-making or art-investigation during the workshop, its often difficult to make this a really effective and/or productive part of the workshop programme.   The last five day summer workshop I was involved in was five years ago - in Athens in 2008 - when I was one of three workshop leaders and  75 art teachers from all over the world, and participants did indeed create an astonishing range of ...

The start of the new school year looms…

For many of us, the start of the new school year looms, and one of the many questions art teachers might ask is how to stimulate and excite those new art students as they launch into their two year Diploma visual arts programme. There are, of course a variety of answers, and to a large extent they might depend on whether the students have ever held a paintbrush or written anything about art before. My school has no entry level pre-requisites, ...