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May 2016 Subject Report Summary

12 January 2017

The first subject report since the new visual arts curriculum has been implemented is now published. Subject reports are a summary of the last... more

Summer IB Art Immersion

26 April 2016

its happening agian this summer.....What happens when you try to compress an IB art program into 2 intense weeks? Well, we've had a go at it... more

Attitudes toward Beauty

16 January 2016

Like others in the arts, I often find myself thinking about the word beauty, what it means in art and in the world today. Has beauty been largely... more

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  • 26 May Heather McReynolds
    Journal Reflections
    Thanks for the suggestion Iza, it is an important topic and Id be happy to "reflect " on it a bit more ;)... will make a page specifically addressing criterion D
  • 26 May Izabela Jadach
    Journal Reflections
    Hi Heather, I am looking for a topic on how to review, reflect student's own work, a component D in PP assessment. As I am an examiner this year (PP) I found this the weakest component throught most of students' PPs. They tend to be superficial...
  • 25 May Kathleen Hall
    Artistic Appropriation
    Hi Heather I have been discussing this with my students. Some feel that a purist approach to art making is essential - an artist must draw everything free hand without the use of tools or they are not a "real" artist. Others think that using...
  • 24 May Heather McReynolds
    Exhibition Assessment Criteria
    Hi Heba, there is no interview, only a written rationale. She could get some help translating this into english. The CS and PP both require writing but this can be in note form or bullet points, language is not assessed per se but it is important...
  • 24 May Heba Yosri
    Exhibition Assessment Criteria
    Hi Heather, I have a student who's a hard worker and shows great potential and a passion for learning.However, this student has a big hurdle.Her English is so poor. that it hinders proper delivery of her knowledge whether in spoken or written...
  • 22 May Heather McReynolds
    Understanding the New Syllabus
    Hi Lora, the art making forms table requirements refers only to the PP, the exhibition can be in any media, even all in one media if the student chooses. Please refer to the
  • 22 May Lora Sanders
    Understanding the New Syllabus
    Hello. I was wondering if the art form table refers to the "Exhibition" part or both the "Exhibition" and the "Process Portfolio". I have a student who wants to submit all Acrylic paintings for her exhibition, but she has used different media...
  • 22 May Heather McReynolds
    Artistic Appropriation
    Im glad you raise this question Kathleen, the Ib has not announced a position on this specifically, ( aside form what is transcribed above in the blue box re: acknowledgements) but I think it should be discussed. Lets start a debate here, hear...
  • 22 May Kathleen Hall
    Artistic Appropriation
    Following David Hockney's expose on the use of the Camera Obscura/Camera Lucida by famous artists such as Caravaggio, there are many debates as to the "purity" or "authenticity" of a work of art if it has been projected on a canvas then painted....
  • 9 May Melanie Cobham
    Part 1,The Comparative Study
    That's amazing news, thank you very much!!!
  • 5 May Heather McReynolds
    Part 1,The Comparative Study
    Hi Melanie, that's absolutely fine, architecture is included in the visual arts category.
  • 5 May Melanie Cobham
    Part 1,The Comparative Study
    Hi Heather, thanks for the information. I have a student who's passionate about architecture and proposed comparing three buildings from a "visual arts" approach, going through the elements and principles of art, specially analyzing the concept...