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A Focus on PhotographyZere created her exhibition with a very specific and intentional group of lens based photographs of young arab males posing in specific locations. This collection of photos entitled “He Who Tells a Story” in her words " is a amalgam of photojournalistic, staged, as well as manipulated visions. Alongside my subjects, I explore themes of stereotypes, war and peace,...
Listen, Sound art is having a momentGo to any cutting edge contemporary art fair, show, Biennale and you will find artists using sound as a medium, as well as the usual more familiar tools of visual artists.Sound Art is Art which uses sound both as its medium (what it is made out of) and as its subject (what it is about) -Tate art termsInterested in discussing the role of Sound in IB Art? On January...
Copying to learn to seeCopying is a valuable tool in teaching close observation of technique. In copying a Michelangelo figure drawing a student will naturally discover the tiny crosshatched lines that the artist used to sculpt the figure's muscles and see how this is a form of shading. He can then choose to expand his own mark making vocabulary and maybe introduce cross hatching into his own...
Copy the CreativityIdeally it is the creative process we want to copy when looking at the great artists of the past, not their work.A copy will always be only a copy, whereas if we can teach students to investigate the creative thinking process that produces the image, then they may move beyond imitation to creating their own independent work. See also Transcribing an Art WorkPicasso for example....Art...
Keeping track of progress and academic honestyThe IB has introduced a coursework authentification form for all DP subjects. On the form for Visual Arts "6VACAF", the teacher records three interactions with each student at various stages of thier coursework.why?This is a chance for the teacher to scrutinize the students work, make sure it is authentic. It also creates a more formal way to...
Inspired by lookingLooking at artwork by going to exhibitions or even checking in virtually with what's out there is one of the best ways to get ideas for teaching projects. Discovering artists that are working with a technique or an idea that you or your students are already exploring can push studio experimentation in a new direction, or you find the starting point for your next research/studio/project.From...
Collage is a personal favorite of mine and a great medium for low budget art rooms. Revisit this medium with your students and discover new artists and ways of making collage, enrich the Process Portfolio, and maybe discover some sources for the CS.Collage Collage comes from the French word coller, to glue. A Definition of Collage (Tate) : Collage describes both the technique and the resulting work...
On this site page you will find a general overview of the criteria assessment rubric with mark bands for each criteria ( for teachers) student friendly rubric with examples of each criteria " in action". There are 5 assessment criteria for the PP, for a total of 34 marks A Skills, techniques and processes: 12 marks B Critical investigation: 6 marks C Communicating ideas and intentions:...
What do those numbers on the assessment criteria charts add up to in actual 1-7 grades? Grade boundaries are the cut off points established for each mark band, ie points needed to reach a 7, and can vary slightly from year to year. The boundaries for each component at higher and standard level are set during the grade award meetings for each examination session. The grade boundaries established during...
When the Comparative Study leads the student to artistic discoveries Margherita's Comparative Study is a beautiful example of how a CS can really influence and support the development of the student artist. The artists that she chose to investigate for her CS, Patrick van Caeckenbergh, Ricardo Brey, and Marc Dion, all have very relevant relationships to her own artwork, her thematic interest in...
This example of an organized and articulate Comparative Study earned Zere a 7. Topic She was motivated by her interest in photography and by her own cultural experiences as a female in the middle east, to look at work by these 5 women artists Newasha Tavakolian Tahmineh Monzavi Kenro Izu Lalla Essaydi Nasr Eleyan Structure and Presentation Zere's CS is very well organized and easy to follow...
Externally assessed components The externally assessed components, The Comparative Study and the Process Portfolio are digitally uploaded and sent to IBIS where they are assessed by an external examiner. The CS is submitted as a PDF document, max file size 20 MB HL 10-15 screens plus 3-5 screens comparing to own artwork SL 10-15 screens only list of sources added as a separate doc, docx, pdf, rtf,...
Tips for students on selecting artworks for the Comparative Study Choose your artworks for the Comparative study bearing in mind the availability of appropriate resources, the marking criteria and the requirements of the task: You must select a minimum of three artworks by at least two different artists. You may include more pieces if you wish but try to keep it manageable. The artists or artworks...
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...
31 August 2017
Jordi and Ruben, the IT wizards at InThinking, have designed a super cool and helpful new tool for teachers and students. The student access... more
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
18 Jan Pete Hansen
CAF (Coursework Authentification Form)Thanks.
17 Jan phil Gunderson
Sound in Contemporary ArtHi Heather I have a student who has made a sound track and a film. The sound track is pretty important to the film, which is part of an installation.... can you advise how this will be assessed?
17 Jan Stephen Jones
The ExhibitionI must have missed it somewhere, but my students are asking if they can use work from their mock exhibition next month for their final exam later in the year. Yes or no? Of course I'd be happier if they would make new things!
16 Jan Dana Hoit
Zere, HL ExhibitionThis is great, but I noticed that this curatorial rational is 830 words, 130 over the limit. Are students not penalised for this? Can we allow them to exceed the limit to further their point? I know that a lot of my students find it difficult...
16 Jan Zainab Taj
Exhibition Assessment CriteriaHi Heather I have notice in some of the examples of Exhibition that HL student did work only in one medium like photography or painting and score 7 where as the criteria of HL students should as minimum working with at least three art making...
15 Jan Irene Winkel
The Comparative StudyHi Heather, hope you are well. I have a quick question regarding the double dipping. I believe I read somewhere in VA Inthinking that students are now allowed to show final imagery in Process Portfolio. Now on the screens for the CS when they...
13 Jan Heather McReynolds
Sound in Contemporary ArtHi Martin, you are correct, examiners are instructed not to listen to sound. I am publishing a new site page on the topic of sound specifically in IB ART -the oage will be live on January 21 so be sure to check back in and join the conversation!
12 Jan Martin Cullen
Sound in Contemporary ArtAnd yet our students can't submit sound can they?
12 Jan Ina Isnaedi
Process PortfolioDear Heather, Thank you for your much needed feedback! We can now go forward with more confidence.
12 Jan Heather McReynolds
CS Assessment Descriptors for Studentsyou are not silly, its very confusing math! Its percentages, and somehow it all adds up ... have a look at this page
12 Jan Heather McReynolds
Process PortfolioHi Ina, no the PP is reviewed independently of the Exhibition so not neccessary to document all exhibition work...also work that is not included in the show can go in the PP.
12 Jan Heather McReynolds
CAF (Coursework Authentification Form)Its the same form Pete