Blog posts

The Unmotivated Art Student 23 September 2021

We all know one... or maybe two. That student who is slow to start and quick to finish, and just doesn't seem to want to give any energy to their art. In this post I'll share some of my own observations... more

Letter from Lombardia 5 April 2020

I asked my friend Nicola Shears who teaches IB art in Milan and has been living at the epicenter of the corona virus crisis in Italy for the past 6 weeks if she would be willing to do an interview with... more

Covid-19 and Student Access 29 February 2020

Student Access was set up to enable teachers to set assignments, and to give students access to pages selected by the teacher on this site etc. Once you give your students an access code they can learn,... more

Highlights from the 2019 Subject Report 25 December 2019

I have extracted some noteworthy comments (in italics) from the 30 page 2019 visual arts subject report and added some of my own observations, which I hope will help you in your teaching. if you would... more

Artist Teacher Workshop 3 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