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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...
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...
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...
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.
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 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...
15 Sep Heather McReynolds
The ExhibitionThat’s right!
14 Sep Susan Walton
The ExhibitionThanks for responding so quickly. She hasn't made any yet. She's in 11th, preparing her ideas. Her concept is a seven deadly sins spin-off with new "sins" invented having to do with misogyny. She plans to do dolls/human figure sculptures hanging...
13 Sep Heather McReynolds
Preparing for an IB Art ExhibitionDear Heba, these questions are complex and they are all addressed in depth on the following site pages exhibition themes/ mediums: process portfolio intentions : art making forms requirements in PP: I hope you find everything you need, and...
13 Sep Heather McReynolds
Predicted Gradesyes also in April :)
12 Sep Heba Salem
Preparing for an IB Art ExhibitionHello Heather, Wanted to clarify that students in their PP should show three different art making forms. For the exhibition they can choose only one art form. However, through their process are students presenting a specific theme or its different...
12 Sep Lucy Payn
Predicted GradesDear Heather. One more question. The 6VACAF form , also due for submission in April?
11 Sep Heather McReynolds
Predicted GradesYes Lucy, see page -
11 Sep Heather McReynolds
Exhibition AssessmentDefinitely use raw files for these!
11 Sep Lucy Payn
Predicted GradesHello Heather, Are all deadlines for submission in April, including the predicted grades?Thank you in advance, Anna