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  • 25 Sep Beth Everhart
    Enrico, Exhibition HL
    Hi Heather, is there a place in your site that details the use of a short film inclusion as a work of art within the exhibition? Thank you, Beth
  • 24 Sep Heather McReynolds
    Function and Purpose
    certainly symbolic function and narrative function
  • 24 Sep Francis Trainor
    Function and Purpose
    Function and purpose is not so easily understood by students. For example I have a student who is using "A Jan Steen Kitchen" by Jonathan Leaman. With its many historical references and symbolism I am having a difficult time helping the student...
  • 24 Sep Aaron Cantu
    The Exhibition
    Thank you so much for the help, I appreciate you!
  • 23 Sep Heather McReynolds
    The Exhibition
    Hi Aaron, I think that sounds potentially quite interesting, but it is a good idea to discuss what is appropriation and how to acknowledge the work and ideas of others. Some useful pages for this are
  • 23 Sep Aaron Cantu
    The Exhibition
    Hi Heather, I'm a first year IB teacher and am loving it, but have a question about a student's work. He has a creative and exciting body of work, though I'm curious how IB will feel about it. He is using pop culture cartoons and digitally...
  • 19 Sep Lisa Cooreman
    Choosing Artworks
    Thanks for that, Heather. My student was happy with your suggestion to add a third artist, while keeping the first two.
  • 16 Sep Heather McReynolds
    Choosing Artworks
    Hi Lisa, Im not familiar with either of these artists' work but agree they seem quite similar in context, she could add a third artwork from an entirely different cultural context and still keep the works by these two.
  • 15 Sep Lisa Cooreman
    Choosing Artworks
    Hi Heather, One of my year 2 students has produced a CS using 2 contemporary artists: Hayan Maani from Jordan, Ayad Alkadhi, an Iraqi born artist now in NYC. They share the influence of Arabic calligraphy in their work. I just began working...
  • 14 Sep Heather McReynolds
    Presentation and Format CS
    If in doubt, cite it! Always better to err on the side of caution. The CS is not an academic paper like the EE, but it is intended to teach students good practice in referencing.
  • 14 Sep Ben Watt
    Sample Extended Essays
    No problem, Heather thanks. Sorted now.
  • 13 Sep Patricia Anne Hvidt
    Presentation and Format CS
    Dear Heather I have a question about documenting sources in the CS. If a student has gotten background information from a source, not in the form of a quotation but information which they have paraphrased, and used it in one of their screens,...