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Capture the momentTry this technique as an alternative to charcoal figure drawing for a loose fluid and calligraphic result. India Ink, a soft brush and a stack of paper is all you need. India ink can be diluted with water to get a range of gray tones.Subject matter: Choose graceful, curvilinear forms: The human figure, statues, animals, and if you dont have a model try plants, grasses, a single branch...
An Exhibition example from 2018A big thank you to Lucie Weideman and her student Stefanie O at the International School of Augsburg.This Standard Level exhibtion takes a more experimental symbolic approach and it is important to read the accompanying texts and rationale whilst looking at the work. She recieved 30 points =7.You can see Stefanie's Process Portfolio SL in the gallery too.Curatorial...
For criteria A, B and C of CS Assessment students are required to analyze the formal qualities in Visual Analysis (A), analyze the Function and Purpose (B) and Cultural Significance (C) of each artwork considered. Full points cannot be reached if the student merely engages in description rather than analysis.What is the difference betwen description and analysis?Description simply describes what...
That first day of IB art class... how will you begin the course?When I was a new IB art teacher back in '94 I dutifully photocopied all the assessment criteria and presented my already overwhelmed students with stacks of dry, complicated, wordy IB Art assessment criteria descriptors and told them this is what would be expected of them! Poor kids. That's definitely not the approach I would...
Introducing the Comparative StudyThe Comparative Study is an independent, critical and contextual investigation that explores artworks from differing cultural contexts. The CS is one of the 3 assessed components required by the Visual Arts Curriculum and it constitutes 20% of the final mark. It is basically a comparative, analytic investigation with visual and written content. It will be presented...
The JourneyThe Process Portfolio, or PP, is 40 % of the final mark and it is the testimony of the student's artistic journey during the course. It is not intended to be of polished, refined, or even resolved work; final work is presented for the Exhibition component of the course. The PP is a collection of carefully selected materials which document the students experimentation, exploration, manipulation...
PP ExamplesIn this section you will find examples of students' Process Portfolio screens. A selection of screens per student will be available as a slideshow, and in some cases the entire submission. You may share these examples with your students. Make the pages available by selecting them in student access.Follow the links to the pages to view the work, and if you have strong student work you...
Chart your CourseYou are the captain of your very particular IB Visual Arts ship, whatever kind of vessel that is. There is no one size fits all model, but there are outlines and planners to help steer your course. These planners are to help you meet neccessary assessment goals and course requirements, while charting your own route across the IB ocean. Enjoy the journey!Sketch out a rough calendarIn...
The Art Seed Bank is a collection of short invitations to create, to think about art, to try something different.Choose from the ever expanding seed catalogue, and watch your seed grow.Seed:Indirect SelfieTake a series of photos of yourself indirectly, using only reflections, shadows, etc.Think about context, where are you, what is in the picture, what story does it tell?Think about composition, how...
The first encounterWhen looking at art works for the first time we naturally have an intuitive response, we like or we don’t like or maybe we feel indifferent. We may have a strong aesthetic response or we may feel an emotional reaction. Our first responses are important, they can signal new directions, genres or artists that we want to explore. An intuitive response is however, only a starting...
The IBDP Art site is brilliant. I use it all the time. Being new the to IBDP and having only 3 students it has been a lifeline
I love this web site. It's helping me greatly in my classes . Heather is a huge guide. I'm very grateful.
InThinking is a great resource for breaking down the information in the new guide. It provides visuals, examples and and facilitates understanding through comprehensive language. It does what we as educators strive to do in our classroom to help our...
22 Sep Doug Lewis
The Extended EssayHi Heather, how many images from an artist may be used by a student?
18 Sep Heather McReynolds
E submission for ExhibitionHi Neha, no deadline for exhibition, except allowing time for the uploads by April 20, but most schools schedule the exhibition in march or end of Feb
18 Sep Neha Thakar
E submission for ExhibitionHello Heather, Is it any deadline from IB for final art exhibition? Is it end of February? Regards, Neha
17 Sep Heather McReynolds
The Exhibitionyes the student may use photos of their IB work for college admissions.
17 Sep Varsha Pandit
The ExhibitionMy query is can the student insert his IB VISUAL ART pieces work in an Art portfolio for his college admissions? when he is in the ongoing process .
16 Sep Heather McReynolds
Process Portfolio PresentationYes process and reflection is valuable pp material- duplication refers to similar slide content. Hope that is clear?
15 Sep Victoria Reuss
Process Portfolio PresentationHI Heather, I have a question regarding : "Avoid duplication of content between the CS and the PP. If the same art work is included in both be sure it is considered in an entirely different context." Can my HL students use the creative process...
15 Sep Heather McReynolds
Referencing and Citing Sourcesin text citations are recommended and you are doing it right.
15 Sep Heather McReynolds
Process Portfolio PresentationHi tanya, interesting thoughts... i think that including the finished piece presents an opportunity for reflection and self evaluation- why did the piece fall short? The examiner may appreciate this kind of reflection, I know I would.
15 Sep Tanya Kramer
Process Portfolio PresentationHi Heather I have a question about the work from the exhibition being shown in the PP. I understand you can do that as long as it's labelled, but I wonder if it is an advantage or disadvantage. Do you have any thoughts on that? For example,...
15 Sep Andrea Obenland
Referencing and Citing SourcesThank you Heather. Her bibliography page is very helpful. One last question--in looking at her screens it doesn't appear that she has her sources within the text (or am I missing that when I am looking at it?). The reason I ask is that...
14 Sep Heather McReynolds
The Comparative Studythat sounds like a good solution Barrie ;)