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SLOW photographyWe are fortunate here at La Vigna Art Studios that students work with an excellent photographer, Alessandra Capodacqua, who specializes in lens-less camera techniques. We recently had a workshop on building and using a pinhole camera, which I will share with you here. This technique allows students to create unusual images through an intense experience of process in making and using...
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...
Make much of this site available to your studentsThis website is primarily for IB art teachers but the aim of all of us is to enable our students to realise their full potential and gain as high a mark as possible in art for their IB Diploma.There are many different ways to teach the two year course and each teacher will have his/her own way of approaching this. The site is arranged in a flexible...
How to give your students accessBeneath your name on the home page you will see 'My account' and 'Student access'.My fellow site author Geoff Neuss has created a very useful step by step guide to student access... only he writes the chemistry website, never mind, the process is exactly the same for the Visual Arts site and he kindly offered to share his guide with us.Follow these step...
At last, a SL Process Portfolio for the gallery!Thanks to Lucie Wiedemann at the International School of Augsburg for sharing this exciting work by her student Stefanie. Stefanie's portfolio shows deep engagement with the processes and the ideas she is exploring. It takes us on on a journey through her development that feels both coherent and adventurous.Above, a page (screen) that addresses so...
Are you loosing sleep over unit planning?Unit plans are an integral part of the MYP process and your school may require you to produce them for the Diploma programme. Unit plans are covered in pages 30-32 in Approaches to Teaching and Learning. What is a unit plan?According to the IB "a unit plan is part of the written curriculum and can be defined as a planned study, of various lengths, concluding...
What matters?There are 5 assessed criteria, with the addition of one more for HL (F). These criteria address the areas of learning within this component that are expected of the student: critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze, interpret, evaluate, and compare, using art language, research and personal insight.The formal requirements of the CS taskStandard Level: 10-15 screensHigher Level:...
Internally Assessed ComponentThe Exhibition is Internally Assessed by you the teacher and externally moderated.The Exhibition and Curatorial Rationale comprise 40% of the final gradeBoth SL and HL students select and present their own original, resolved artworks accompanied by exhibition texts and a written curatorial rationale that supports their curatorial decisions.The Exhibition Requirements Standard...
From the ground upA starting unit designed for year 1 students coming from different skill levels and degrees of preparation. This Unit focuses on building the basic drawing skills and vocabulary that students will use throughout the course, and lays the ground for visual analysis required of the Comparative Study task . Art making skills ( practical), and art thinking skills (conceptual) are addressed...
Imagine art education that prepares students for lives of not knowingWhat is the most important thing about art education?Art teachers teach many things, among them composition, drawing skills, manipulation of materials and techniques, art history and understanding cultural context, conceptualizing, developing ideas, building on skills, self evaluating... but throughout all of this we are really teaching...
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.
Thank you for keeping this website running for IB art educators. I found a lot of useful and clear information about the three IB art exam components. Already feeling more confident about my curriculum and lessons, after subscribing to this source. Thank...
17 Aug Shehzia Khan
Back to SchoolThese are great starting points, Heather. Thank you. Shehzia BIS Jeddah
16 Aug Heather McReynolds
E submission for ExhibitionYee, that’s per art piece. You will find a space for entering titles size medium and text, not necessary to name files unless for your own convenience
16 Aug Yee Chuan Lim
E submission for ExhibitionHi Heather, may I know the maximum file size for the exhibition artworks submission is 5MB per art piece or the total 8-11 (HL) art piece is 5MB? Do we need to include the title as the image file name? Thank you!
15 Aug Heather McReynolds
Collage!Good question! Usually it is sufficient to say " collage from botanical book pages" or " collage from found photographs", unless the collage directly references another artists work then that artist should be cited. Teacher know best :)
15 Aug Michelle Kauffmann
Collage!Hello- One question: how to cite collage parts?
9 Aug Heather McReynolds
Mapping a Course Outlinerefresh page and try again!
9 Aug Heather McReynolds
Talia CS, SLThis was the first year of the current curriculum, and she got a low 7. Since then new requirements have been put in place regarding in text citations etc.
9 Aug Heather McReynolds
Artists Looking at Culturetry it again Konstantina
9 Aug Konstantina Kapanidou
Artists Looking at CultureHi Heather, Can we find somewhere a working link for the Cultural Comparisons? Thank you in advance, K
8 Aug Nicole Donald
Process PortfolioThank you for the lead! I'll certainly refer my student to your suggestions
8 Aug Konstantina Kapanidou
Mapping a Course OutlineHi Heather, the documenting process link on Term two, doesn't work, any advice? Thank you in advance.
7 Aug Hocabeth Gomez
Talia CS, SLwhat was the scoring on this?