Blog posts

Artist Teacher Workshop 6 January 2019

At this time of year you are probably focused on getting your students to successfully complete their work, document it, hang a spectacular exhibition, upload everything, check it all, and then when it’s... more

Highlights of Subject Report 2017 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 22 page long document available here on MyIB ( sign in first).... more

Student Access 30 August 2017

Jordi and Ruben, the IT wizards at InThinking, have designed a super cool and helpful new tool for teachers and students. The student access feature has been revised and updated to provide optimum ease... more

May 2016 Subject Report Summary 12 January 2017

The first subject report since the new visual arts curriculum has been implemented is now published. Subject reports are a summary of the last marking session with relevant comments on the material submitted... more

Summer IB Art Immersion 25 April 2016

its happening agian this summer.....What happens when you try to compress an IB art program into 2 intense weeks? Well, we've had a go at it and it was an amazing experience for all, myself included.... more

Attitudes toward Beauty 16 January 2016

Like others in the arts, I often find myself thinking about the word beauty, what it means in art and in the world today. Has beauty been largely forgotten or relegated to an inferior position? (If you... more

Venice Biennale 2015 8 November 2015

Key in Hand, an installation at the Japanese Pavilion, by Chiharu ShiotaThe Key in the Hand, an installation that forges a link between a space made up of keys, yarn, and two boats, and photographs and... more

Skillfull-less 27 September 2015

My ideal of an art school is one where practical, hands on visual skills are taught alongside theory and conceptual thinking, but apparently this is a rarity. The general trend in art colleges these days... more

A Good Read: the Visual Arts Extended Essay 27 March 2015

A stack of extended essays is piled high on my desk..this is my reading this month. I try to pace myself, reading only a few each day so that my approach remains fresh and curious.Although there are inevitably... more

The Mystery of Creativity 27 December 2014

At this time of year, when the nights are long and my work obligations are less, I am able to spend more time in my painting studio. In theory, this should mean that I'm enjoying full creative flow, churning... more