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  • 25 Mar emma butler
    The Exhibition
    Hi Heather, one of my students is uploading a 6 series photo essay to the IB exhibition component. How to do this? To upload one main photo and upload an image of the artwork as displayed? Thank you in advance.
  • 25 Mar Vicky Leighton
    Choosing Artworks
    Hi Heather, Can I confirm that the Heydar Aliyev Center building by ZaHa Hadid comes under the banner of 3D designed object for the CS? I have a student who is including as part of his CS comparing Heydar to a Richard Serra and a neo-constructionist...
  • 25 Mar Morgan Kertrestel
    CS Assessment Criteria
    Hi Heather, Sorry if this question has already been answered. My IB student is struggling to see one of his chosen artists' first hand (we are in Singapore). Is it imperative that he does so? Thanks so much!
  • 23 Mar Heather McReynolds
    Originality of Student Work
    this could be a solution, athough Ive never seen it done, just make sure it is absolutely clear what it is!
  • 23 Mar Heather McReynolds
    Originality of Student Work
    could they be referenced in the rationale instead? or as you say, in an extra photo, but make sure to clarify in the 500character text that this is where to find the list of references..very resourceful!
  • 23 Mar Heather McReynolds
    Zere, HL Exhibition
    I dont know the individual marks for each criteria, just the overall, and included this example because it shows an exhibition entirely composed of photographs, which scored high, and this is unusual. The word count also runs over limit, which...
  • 23 Mar Heather McReynolds
    Exhibitions and Curating
    it shouldnt be a problem if they are numbered. mats or frames do not need to be included in photographs but if it looks better ( cleaner) than why not?
  • 23 Mar Heather McReynolds
    Exhibition Assessment Criteria
    the exhibition overview photos may not include everything, they are intended to provide a general sense of the set up , scale, arrangement, etc for the examiner... so no worries!
  • 22 Mar Susan Walton
    Originality of Student Work
    Another suggestion is having the References page as an extra photo?
  • 22 Mar Susan Walton
    Originality of Student Work
    Heather, we've run into a problem with citing references in the exhibition texts: since only 500 characters are allowed for upload, how on earth can one of my students (for example) fit references to a piece involving about 20 well-known cartoon...
  • 22 Mar xanthipi abel
    Zere, HL Exhibition
    Hi, I wonder what this example scored in Crit D? I wonder if it received full marks, a 3, because it does not mention the arrangement at all of selected works as required in the marband. I would suggest placing the word count on top or bottom...
  • 22 Mar Patricia Anne Hvidt
    Exhibitions and Curating
    Dear Heather, I have a question about submitting photographs of the exhibited works and the exhibition texts. When these are uploaded is it clear which texts are related to which works. I have a student with quite a few untitled works. In...