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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...
Photo Realism... The lure of verisimilitudeMany students try to make realistic drawings based on photographs, which more often than not result in stiff, lifeless "copies". I always encourage drawing from life rather than photographs, whenever possible, or at least refer to a large scale printed photo ( not on phone screen please!!) preferably an image that the student has set up and shot...
Barcode Imagination"How are different demographics persuaded by visual ambiguity in the design of advertisements?" ( RQ)Visual Culture vs Fine Art?This A awarded essay takes a psychological angle on visual ambiguity, and through the analysis of advertisements and surrealist art works, makes an interesting investigation into the impact on the viewer, or in this case, the buyer.Often times essays that...
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...
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,...
Looking for a framework? for students who need that extra bit of structure...In response to teacher requests I have created a basic power point template for the digital presentation of the Comparative Study. The slideshow has instructions for content on each screen addressing specific aspects of the assessment criteria, but the design and visual content is entirely up to the student. This is only...
Chart your CourseYou are the captain of your very particular IB Visual Arts ship, whatever kind of vessel that is. There is no one size fits all model, but there are outlines and planners to help steer your course. These planners are to help you meet neccesary assessment goals and course requirements, while charting your own route across the IB ocean. Enjoy the journey!Sketch out a rough calendarIn...
Teach basic visual skills through drawingI like to begin a course by introducing awareness of visual elements, qualities and attributes through drawing. I find this lays a good foundation for further exploration in any media and helps those students who never had any formal drawing instruction.Students become aware of the variation of surface, line, mark making, space, composition, composition and...
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 evolution of an image or idea...An important part of the Process Portfolio, criterion C is about showing how your ideas and intentions begin and progress, and how your choice of imagery and techniques/media communicates these ideas. Criterion C: Communication of ideas and intentionsUsing the required number of art-making forms from the Art Making Forms Requirements table, to what extent does the...
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...
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...
16 Oct Heather McReynolds
PP Asssessment Criteriayes Erika, same as in CS
16 Oct Erika Bonet
PP Asssessment CriteriaHi Heather, I decided to ask you directly as I am not able to find more information on the site. I am wondering about the list of sources for PP. Until now we cited sources within the screens and I would like to know more about generating a...
15 Oct Heather McReynolds
E Submission Guidelinesits a good question Ivy, in theory no, could be considered duplication- better to analyze another work by the same artist
15 Oct Ivy Wong
E Submission GuidelinesHi Heather, Just one more question, can student analysis the same piece of well known artwork for comparative study and PP?
14 Oct Ivy Wong
E Submission GuidelinesThanks for the information. I am so grateful to have your website to support me through teaching the IB course. Thank you
13 Oct Heather McReynolds
E Submission Guidelinesaha, you mean the interactions on the CAF form, go to this page and download the VACAF form. Interactions are basically meeting with the student.
13 Oct Ivy Wong
E Submission GuidelinesHi Heather, Thanks for replying. As a teacher I have to record something called "Interactions" as evident to send to the IB, right?
13 Oct Heather McReynolds
Regina, Exhibition HL7, right Sharon?
13 Oct Heather McReynolds
Exhibitions to see in 2018Thank you Karen!
13 Oct Shereen Quttaineh
Regina, Exhibition HLBrilliant work , how much did she get for the exhibition component?
12 Oct Karen Fish
Exhibitions to see in 2018The Kochi- Muziris Biennale opens in Kochi, Kerala, India, in December 2018 and runs till March 2019. Curated by the nationally and internationally respected artist Anita Dubey this Biennale is a wonderful opportunity for students to engage...
11 Oct Nicola Barber
CS Assessment CriteriaThanks Heather, this is a little worrying, she has written it so well as well! But perhaps she can discuss the gender, religious differences, the meaning of the work and the way they became artists (very different). Also they are from different...