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May 2016 Subject Report Summary Thursday 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 Tuesday 26 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 Saturday 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 Sunday 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 Monday 28 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 Friday 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 Saturday 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

Two curriculums at once? Tuesday 26 August 2014

This year is an especially challenging one for IB Art teachers with year 2 students still following the old curriculum guide and year 1 students starting with the new guide. Does this mean we have to... more

Post Exam Reflections Saturday 17 May 2014

Yet another exam session is over and now all you can do is wait until July to get those results! In the meantime, let's consider some of the overall issues and problems encountered by students... more

The Turner Prize 2014 Monday 12 May 2014

The Turner Prize is always a barometer of the times. This doesn't mean it's what we want to see or that it's neccessarily good art, but it is indicative of what is happening in the art world right... more