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  • 24 May Zac Holte
    The Comparative Study
    Thanks Heather, my student was so happy because he keeps finding similarities between the artworks
  • 24 May Heather McReynolds
    The Exhibition
    absolutely! She can submit it as a short video file, Video: F4V, M4V, MOV, MP4 more about file types and sizes at
  • 24 May Amanda Mackenzie
    The Exhibition
    Hi Heather One of my students wants to include a video work in her exhibition, is this acceptable as a submission and how would we submit it to IB? Thanks
  • 22 May Heather McReynolds
    The Comparative Study
    Hi Amanda, 1. yes, as long as there is some research to support opinion, not pure invention. 2.the cultural influence should refer to the specific artwork 3. if student needs to refer to an additional piece by the same artist as an extra reference...
  • 22 May Amanda Mackenzie
    The Comparative Study
    Hi Heather - I wonder if you could clarify for myself and my students a couple of points re the cultural significance criteria in the comparative study 1. If minimal information can be found through research on an artwork can students incorporate...
  • 21 May Heather McReynolds
    The Comparative Study
    Zac, since the Cs essentially compares ARTWORKS not artists, anonymous works are perfectly acceptable, it is the context and cultural background and formal analysis that matters.
  • 21 May Heather McReynolds
    Open Ended Assignments
    Yes Daniel, initially it was not allowed but as of 2017 IBO revised this to allow final pieces to be included in the PP, labelled as such. You can see more about this on the Process portfolio pages of this site.
  • 21 May Zac Holte
    The Comparative Study
    Hi Heather, another question.. Can a student use an anonymous Greek hero sculpture to compare to artwork of graphic novel heros? Or do all artworks need to be attributed to an artist? Thanks
  • 21 May Zac Holte
    The Comparative Study
    Thank you Heather, I appreciate it!
  • 21 May Daniel Banda
    Open Ended Assignments
    Hi Heather, I had a visiting visual arts examiner that visited for week and we shared some good ideas about the IB course and its challengers. One of the things she mentioned to my student and which I still find confusing is the idea of adding...
  • 18 May Heba Yosri
    CS Assessment Criteria
    thank you!
  • 18 May Heather McReynolds
    CS Assessment Criteria
    Heba, no it will largely be ignored, but the idea is to be as anonymous as possible. No points off ;)