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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...
National Art from an International Tradition"To what extent is it evident that the tradition of Japanese woodblock print influenced the artistic activities of Nikolai Astrup?" ( Research Question)In this extended essay that received an A, Ellisive explores a relatively unknown artist from her own region ( Norway) and looks at how his work was shaped and influenced by Japonisme, without sacrificing...
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...
Understanding and engaging in curatorial practiceThis sample Unit Plan focuses on Curatorial Practice and preparing students for part 3, The Exhibition.When to teach itThis unit would be well situated later in the first semester of year 2 ( november/ december) as students begin to think about A Coherent Body of Work for their show. It would be especially effective in conjunction with a major field...
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...
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,...
A SAMPLE STARTER UNIT IN YEAR 1This Unit Plan is based on the teaching material in A Sense of Place. A version for students can be found in my textbook Visual Arts for the IB Diploma, (Cambridge University Press).It is especially designed for students starting IB Art . You can find other suggestions for year 1 teaching ideas in Starting Strategies Download Sample Unit plan place and culture Skills,...
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...
Immersive ExperienceHere is an example of a student who curated an exhibition experience for the viewer through the use of lighting, colors and methods of display to communicate her intentions. Her overall concept was the feeling of blue, of sadness, emotion, and the "underwater" quality of these emotions.Sofia recieved a 7 for her overall mark in Visual Arts. You will be able to see her...
Design & layout of Process Portfolio screens by Guest Teacher Rachel Swinburne Rachel's Bio After gaining my first class honors in BA Textiles at Goldsmiths College, University of London, I coordinated Art gallery education programs and creative partnership projects with a number of Primary and Secondary schools in the UK. I currently teach across Visual Arts and Design Technology, which...
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.
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...
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
25 Sep Beth Everhart
Enrico, Exhibition HLHi 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 Purposecertainly symbolic function and narrative function
24 Sep Francis Trainor
Function and PurposeFunction 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 ExhibitionThank you so much for the help, I appreciate you!
23 Sep Heather McReynolds
The ExhibitionHi 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 ExhibitionHi 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 ArtworksThanks 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 ArtworksHi 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 ArtworksHi 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 CSIf 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 EssaysNo problem, Heather thanks. Sorted now.
13 Sep Patricia Anne Hvidt
Presentation and Format CSDear 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,...