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This activity helps year 1 students to investigate a topic or theme through looking at images from art history. See Finding a Focus for more about developing individual directions.Different artist's takes on a subjectThis is a fun way to explore how different artists approach the same topic, and how history and culture play a role in this.What this exercise teachesintroduces a range of new artistsreinforces...
Where do we begin, how do we begin?From ideation to creation: Finding a starting point is often the most difficult part of making art. This page reflects on different ways to begin. Where do you prefer to start, with a concept, an image, or a piece of string?An awareness of how ideas begin and are developed is part of the Visual Arts expectations:The Process Portfolio asks students to communicate...
As a Visual Arts teacher you will most likely be asked to supervise a number of Visual Arts EEs, from as few as one to as many as six or seven essays. Supervisors are expected to spend between three and five hours with each student. It is important to note that the supervisor is an advisor, not an editor.What is a supervisor's role??helps the student identify a suitable topic and define a focused...
An inspired teacher is inspiring If you teach what is exciting and interesting to you, if you care about the work and the artists that you show them, if you share your ideas and questions with your students, you will enjoy teaching and your students will love learning. It's a fact!Keeping enthusiasm aliveI think the two most important way of keeping yourself engaged and interested in teaching...
On this page you will find a general overview of the criteriaassessment 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 marksB Critical investigation: 6 marksC Communicating ideas and intentions: 6 marksD Reviewing,...
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...
The Process Portfolio as a place of self reflectionThe Process Portfolio naturally supports and informs students developing studio work, through the exploration of skills, techniques and processes and critical investigations into artists, artworks, art forms and genres. They reflect in the process portfolio on how ideas are formed, on how to make independent decisions that support their intentions...
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...
Looking ( and sounding) Good! Presentation and Subject Specific Language is an assessed criteria for both The Comparative Study - (see CS Assessment Criteria) and the Process Portfolio- (see PP Assessment Criteria) so lets make sure we understand what examiners are looking for here.... 1.Presentation refers to a well planned, thoughtfully laid out, and easily legible document. Graphically pleasing...
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,...
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...
25 February 2018
At this time of year you are probably focused on getting your students to successfully complete their work, document it, hang a spectacular... more
9 February 2018
Each year, about 8 months after exams, a subject report is published by IBO, compiled from examiner comments and feedback and recorded in a... more
24 May Zac Holte
The Comparative StudyThanks Heather, my student was so happy because he keeps finding similarities between the artworks
24 May Heather McReynolds
The Exhibitionabsolutely! 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 ExhibitionHi 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 StudyHi 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 StudyHi 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 StudyZac, 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 AssignmentsYes 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 StudyHi 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 StudyThank you Heather, I appreciate it!
21 May Daniel Banda
Open Ended AssignmentsHi 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 Criteriathank you!
18 May Heather McReynolds
CS Assessment CriteriaHeba, no it will largely be ignored, but the idea is to be as anonymous as possible. No points off ;)