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Exploring artists in the PP in support of own development Process PortfolioCriterion B Critical investigationTo what extent does the portfolio demonstrate the students critical investigation of artist, artworks and artistic genres, communicating a growing awareness of how this investigation influences and impacts upon their own developing art-making practices and intentions?Look at relevant artistsExplore...
Each year, about 8 months after exams, a subject report is published by IBO, compiled from examiner comments and feedback and recorded in a 22 page long document available here on MyIB ( sign in first). The Grade Boundaries have also been updated ( with little variation) to reflect the most recent numbers-go to this site page.I have tried to summarize the Subject Report here, highlighting what seems...
Higher Level students have an extra requirement for The Comparative Study ... criterion F, which gives context to their own work in relation to the artwork studied, by making meaningful connections.You can reference the full CS Assessment Criteria here Criterion F. Making Connections to Own Art Making Practice ( HL only) :12 points possibleHL students reflect on how the work chosen for consideration...
By 10 April/10 October ( southern hemisphere) teachers/coordinators are required to complete the following on IBIS under the IAPG section.Predicted grades on a 1-7 scalePredicted grades from each subject are used to help predict the overall IB grade for each student and are used for University applications as well. You want to try to predict as accurately as possible the overall grade you think your...
Sound Art in IB Visual Arts?This is a point of discussion that has yet to be resolved. At the moment, sound elements in work submitted for The Exhibition are not considered as part of the visual arts assessment. Examiners are instructed to "turn off sound" when listening to videos clips. This is because many students simply upload a song or find something online that they use as a soundtrack,...
A Focus on PhotographyZere created her exhibition with a very specific and intentional group of lens based photographs of young arab males posing in specific locations. This collection of photos entitled “He Who Tells a Story” in her words " is a amalgam of photojournalistic, staged, as well as manipulated visions. Alongside my subjects, I explore themes of stereotypes, war and peace,...
Listen, Sound art is having a momentGo to any cutting edge contemporary art fair, show, Biennale and you will find artists using sound as a medium, as well as the usual more familiar tools of visual artists.Sound Art is Art which uses sound both as its medium (what it is made out of) and as its subject (what it is about) -Tate art termsInterested in discussing the role of Sound in IB Art? On January...
On this site page you will find a general overview of the criteria assessment 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 marks B Critical investigation: 6 marks C Communicating ideas and intentions:...
Keeping track of progress and academic honestyThe IB has introduced a coursework authentification form for all DP subjects. On the form for Visual Arts "6VACAF", the teacher records three interactions with each student at various stages of thier coursework.why?This is a chance for the teacher to scrutinize the students work, make sure it is authentic. It also creates a more formal way to...
Externally assessed components The externally assessed components, The Comparative Study and the Process Portfolio are digitally uploaded and sent to IBIS where they are assessed by an external examiner. The CS is submitted as a PDF document, max file size 20 MB HL 10-15 screens plus 3-5 screens comparing to own artwork SL 10-15 screens only list of sources added as a separate doc, docx, pdf, rtf,...
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...
This example of an organized and articulate Comparative Study earned Zere a 7. Topic She was motivated by her interest in photography and by her own cultural experiences as a female in the middle east, to look at work by these 5 women artists Newasha Tavakolian Tahmineh Monzavi Kenro Izu Lalla Essaydi Nasr Eleyan Structure and Presentation Zere's CS is very well organized and easy to follow...
It gives me particular pleasure to showcase Margherita's work here. She was a student of my dear friend and estimed colleague Nicola Shears, and she came to my summer IB art course at la Vigna Art Studios 2 summers in a row. It was during the first summer there that she began an investigation into plant roots that developed into her focus for the entire course. Exploring her roots It all started...
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.
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...
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
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Jordi and Ruben, the IT wizards at InThinking, have designed a super cool and helpful new tool for teachers and students. The student access... more
20 Feb Heather McReynolds
Documenting ArtworkAs far as i know there is nothing stating that they cant do this, as long as the photos a true records of how the work actually appears! ( and dont see why it should be cited either)
20 Feb Heather McReynolds
The Comparative StudyRenante, an exhibtion piece may be included in all three components because it serves a different function in each case- be sure to label it as "own work in exhibition" (title, medium, size)
20 Feb Heather McReynolds
CAF (Coursework Authentification Form)Hi Raju - im afraid the real forms are confidential, but as you can see ive done a mock for you on this page
20 Feb RAJU DUBE
CAF (Coursework Authentification Form)Hi Heather I too was wondering if there is an example of a fully completed form which will help me.Then I was the same request asked by some on. Thanks
19 Feb John Hawke
Documenting ArtworkIt is allowed isn´t it for students to have their work professionally documented? In this case, should the photographer be cited somewhere?
19 Feb Renante Sison
The Comparative StudyHi Heather, just to clarify the issue on double dipping. Could students include their final piece on CS, PP and Exhibition? Thanks!
18 Feb Christine Pritchard
The Comparative StudyDear Heather, Just to confirm, does the CS title page count within the slide count? Thank you,
17 Feb RAJU DUBE
Process PortfolioOkayyy, thank you
16 Feb Heather McReynolds
Process PortfolioRaju, nothing is too simple, its the quality of the exploration, refer to the assessment criteria PP
16 Feb RAJU DUBE
Process PortfolioHi Heather, is it a good idea to include a study on watercolors and acrylic in the PP or is it too simple?
15 Feb Heather McReynolds
Choosing ArtworksHi Chrissa, no problem with using the same medium...re: different cultural contexts: i advise students to make a strong case for the different cultural backgrounds ( not styles) when there is any doubt that they might seem too similar....if...
14 Feb Ann Forget
Art Making Forms RequirementsVery helpful! Thank you