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Performance pleaseI am pleased to share this fine example of a Standard Level Comparative Study that received 30/30 points! Thanks to Ruby and her teacher Rachel Kirby at at UWC Costa Rica.How do you discuss Performance art?This CS focuses on examples of Performance Art, which presents a different set of challenges and vocabulary to address the required CS Assessment criteria. Ruby does this very...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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:...
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...
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...
Similarities and differencesArt teachers have always taught how to compare and contrast artworks long before the CS was a requirement. This page looks at how to teach visual analysis in general but can also be used as practice in developing these skills for the The Comparative StudyA comparison naturally involves recognizing both similarities and differences. To start with, choose two works to compare...
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...
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...
An amazing source of information. Whenever I have a question I look here first and usually find exactly what I am looking for, it is so well organised and easy to navigate. Don't know what I would have done without it this year, my first year teaching...
19 Sep Krista Baker
CS AssessmentHello! I was just taking some time to review CS. Was looking in the Teacher Support Material in the PRC. This quote is regarding CS SL and HL generally: "This task gives students the opportunity to elaborate, extrapolate and present a comparative...
19 Sep Heather McReynolds
The Comparative StudyHeba, that is fine, the cultural contexts are different. Make sure they compare artworks not artists! ;)
18 Sep Heba Salem
The Comparative StudyHi Heather,Is it ok that one of my students is comparing artists in the same century however, one is from Japan and one is from America? I made it clear to all if for example they choose artists that are from Europe they have to know how does...
18 Sep Heather McReynolds
Group 6 Grade DescriptorsHello Geraldine, Q1: the group 6 rubric is good for a generic assessment but obviously not for the specific components, such as the CS. Q2: correct, formative feedback is different from final assessment. The complete assessment criteria should...
18 Sep Yee Chuan Lim
PP AsssessmentThank you Geraldine :)
17 Sep Geraldine Trueman
PP AsssessmentHi Yee - see above comments - the sources slide is an add-on - it is one extra slide and does not affect the max number of PP work slides.
17 Sep Geraldine Trueman
Group 6 Grade DescriptorsHello Heather I am new to DP VA course and have been setting some of the CS criteria to mark Visual Analysis in Grade 11. Q1: Is this a general consensus across IB schools to use this 'group 6' rubric...? I like it and it is simpler for...
17 Sep Shamsa Mirza
Recognizing Good IdeasThis is a very interesting article. Thank you for posting it.
17 Sep Yee Chuan Lim
PP AsssessmentHi Heather, is the sources screen (a Words document file?) need to separate with all the PP or it can be the last screen of PP? Thank you.
16 Sep Shehzia Khan
Exhibition AssessmentThank you Heather !
16 Sep Heather McReynolds
Exhibition AssessmentHi Shezia, it is true , sound is not assessed, see for software try imovie, final cut pro, adobe premiere, or....her iphone! Files for exhibition are individual files not a PDF; for file sizes and types see
15 Sep Shehzia Khan
Exhibition AssessmentHi Heather One of my students wants to create a video. I believe sound is not permitted for this? Also can you kindly guide me on any preferable software she can use, file size and is it a different file to upload for the Exhibition/Process...