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Grade Boundariesfree30 March 2021

What do those numbers on the assessment criteria charts add up to in actual 1-7 grades? Grade boundaries are the cut off points established for each mark band, ie points needed to reach a 7. The boundaries... more

Predicted Grades24 March 2021

A predicted grade is the teacher’s prediction of the 1-7 grade the student is expected to achieve in the subject. This is based on all the evidence of the candidate’s work and the teacher’s knowledge... more

CS Assessment 8 April 2019

There are 5 assessed criteria, with the addition of one more for HL (F). These criteria address the areas of learning within this component that are expected of the student: critical thinking skills... more

Remote Exhibition 21 March 2021

If your school is closed and you are submitting your artwork from home here are a few things you should know.Examiners are advised to be understanding of the circumstances and the less than perfect set... more

Writing Guidelines for Rationale22 February 2021

The Curatorial Rationale explains and supports the final exhibition. It is also a chance to highlight any particular challenges or discoveries along the way, including why these art works were chosen,... more

Uploading Visual Arts Checklistfree3 March 2021

Here it is, a simplified checklist for students to know exactly what they need to have ready for the Electronic Submission of all 3 components. Set your dates to deliver, allowing plenty of flex time,... more

Documenting Artworkfree12 March 2021

An examiner sees only the photograph, not the original work, so make sure the documentation is as good as can beOnce students have completed and selected the works for The Exhibition they will need to... more

Kashish, Process Portfolio SL22 May 2020

Kashish explores a wide range of art making forms in her SL portfolio, which recieved a mark of 32/34,. Her main focus is 3D media, including alginate casting, sculptural assemblage and installation,... more

Margherita, HL Exhibition24 September 2017

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... more

Sunaina, Process Portfolio HL27 September 2020

This student explores the complex idea of home, both her Indian roots and her current home in Denmark. Her Process Portfolio is an excellent example of exploring a wide range of media and techniques that... more

Sarvani, Process Portfolio HL2 December 2020

Sarvani contacted me herself to ask if I would feature her work in the student gallery. She got a 6 on her PP ( 28 out of 34). Her Portfolio is pleasingly designed, easy to follow, and full of clearly... more

Reviewing, Reflecting, Refining9 October 2020

The Process Portfolio naturally supports and informs your developing studio work, through the exploration of skills, techniques and processes and critical investigations into artists, artworks, art forms... more

Marc, Process Portfolio SL25 February 2021

I am so pleased to include a different kind of example here. Many of the examples in the student gallery are visually arresting, top scoring portfolios. This is a standard level Portfolio that recieved... more

Design and Layout Skills for the Process Portfolio22 August 2016

Design & layout of Process Portfolio screens by Guest Teacher Rachel Swinburne After gaining my first class honors in BA Textiles at Goldsmiths College, University of London, I coordinated Art gallery... more

Sofia F, HL CS1 October 2020

This in-depth, detailed Comparative Study looks at three artists ( and respective artworks) from different periods and cultures: Franz Kline, William Kentridge and Ciprian Muresan. Each artist tells stories... more

Kashish, Exhibition SL29 July 2020

Kashish received a mark of 27/30 for her Exhibition component at Standard Level. ( 7) She completed the minimum number of pieces required, but each piece shows considerable time invested in materials... more

Research and Practice9 December 2020

How do we develop investigation and research skills that will develop and enrich art making? If you feel passionate, or at least curious about what you are researching, then motivation and the desire... more

Paramveer, Exhibition HL1 November 2020

This student contacted me himself about being in the student gallery and I am very pleased to share his work. Paramveer worked ambitiously to create an immersive exhibition experience which leads the... more

Resolved Work15 January 2017

What is meant by "resolved work"?Resolved is the new way of saying completed, but with a different emphasis. Resolved doesn't just mean finished, but signifies work that has been successfully developed... more

Curating the Process Portfolio5 February 2021

The Process Portfolio is a selection of slides that document the students artistic journey during the course and as such, should be curated in order to present the clearest most engaging version of the... more

The Research Questionfree25 April 2020

A good research questionChoosing the research question is perhaps the single most important factor in determining the success of the EE.The EE topic must be formulated as a Research Question, not as a... more

Researching Art 16 December 2020

This section has various pages to help you in finding source material when researching for the The Comparative Study or the Process Portfolio, The Extended Essay, and for your own personal artistic development. more

Thematic Threads27 May 2018

This activity helps year 1 students to investigate a topic or theme through looking at images from art history. See Finding a Focus for more about developing individual directions.This is a fun way to... more

Sofia F, HL Exhibition29 August 2020

Sofia began to identify a personal sense of direction and focus for her work, in the summer before her final year of IB at La Vigna Art Studios IB Art summer course. Her teacher Nicola guided her successfully... more

Additional Supporting Photos10 April 2016

When compiling your portfolio for the E submission for Exhibition In certain instances you may decide to include up to two additional photographs of each submitted work. These extra photos are not necessary... more

Research and Art History5 March 2020

Now is a great time to get your students to do some research! Research is necessary for the CS, and often sparks ideas for new art work. Research and investigation help broaden ways of thinking. more

Introducing the Comparative Study 16 December 2020

This is an independent critical and contextual investigation in which you explore art works from differing cultural contexts. Both SL and HL students compare three different artworks, by at least two... more

Seed: Creepy Ink Drawing19 December 2020

Make a drawing that allows the expressivity of the materials and mark making to communicate the nature of your object. Experiment with the material, don't try to be neat, messy is the point!Choose an... more

Art Language24 October 2020

so lets make the most out of it. This section includes links to glossaries, tips for incorporating art vocabulary into class discussions, - and a new feature: Art Terminology quizzes. Test your knowledge... more

Journal Page Examples13 September 2020

a visual journal supports the personal development of your art work and your art thinking processThe journal is private place for putting down ideas, capturing images, trying out a technique, or making... more

Getting started: Students31 December 2020

This website is designed to help you understand the requirements of the course and provide support and encouragement for you as you work towards your IB Art examination.Even if you are already familiar...... more

Seed: Abstract Body15 August 2020

Take a black and white photograph of a part of your own body ( i.e. your arm, leg, chest) that has an abstract feel, not easily recognizable for what it is.This could be become a series of photos, think... more

Artists' Sketchbooks and Studios 7 July 2018

This section is not specifically about the Visual Journal but a chance to look at some artists sketchbooks past and present, and visit the page Inside the Studio. These depositories of the inner life... more

Seed: What is Beautiful? 27 June 2020

Make a pair of images, one ugly, one beautiful.Explain why one is beautiful and the other is ugly.What does this tell you about your aesthetic sensibility?Are you willing to be reconsider what is beautiful? more

Transcription Activity20 November 2019

The first step is understanding what is transcription. Use the art historical examples in Transcribing an art work to demonstrate what other artists have done before; this will get your students interested... more

Four Ways of Looking at Art28 July 2018

This page presents an annotated version of a resource originally created by Tate Education called Ways of Looking. After trying this out resource with both students and teachers we realized that it is... more

Art and Joyfree13 April 2021

Did you know that beautiful paintings produce the same brain activity we feel when we see someone we love?When you look at art – whether it is a landscape, a still life, an abstract or a portrait, there... more

Introducing the Process Portfolio16 December 2020

You are required to compile carefully selected materials, documenting your experimentation, exploration, manipulation and refinement of a range of visual arts activities during the two-year course. The... more

Critique Guidelines6 December 2019

Its a good time of year for an IB Art class critique. Schedule a day and ask students select a few pieces of resolved or almost resolved work each to discuss with the rest of the class. I recommend creating... more

Art that Challenges and Confronts 17 June 2020

Art about race, social injustice and inequality, whether challenging, confronting, or bearing witness, feels so important and relevant to the moment we are living right now.read New Yorker article on... more

Film and Video as Teaching Aides20 April 2019

Films and videos on artists are widely and readily available. How can we make active rather than passive use of these valuable resources? Studies have shown that students ware likely to gain much more... more

Art Historical Significance31 March 2019

When analyzing the cultural significance and function and purpose for the Comparative Study, many art works need to be considered for their art historical context. This is especially true of contemporary... more

Seed: On the Edge20 January 2021

Explore the state of precariousness through an artwork.Construct something that is on the edge of collapsing or falling apart, but does not. You can use whatever materials are on hand, no special art... more

Seed: Shadow Painting 14 June 2020

An easy way to begin a painting; the complex shapes are already there for you, you just choose the composition and how to frame it. Be experimental and see what happens...you might find you segue into... more

Impromptu Curating Activity11 January 2020

You don’t need any special materials. just look around you, see what you have in your immediate environment, make a selection... and begin to discuss... after a few awkward moments you will come up... more

Selected Artists and Shows17 December 2017

Inspired by lookingLooking at artwork by going to exhibitions or even checking in virtually with what's out there is one of the best ways to get ideas for teaching projects. Discovering artists that are... more

Postcard Captions 8 March 2016

learning to write Exhibition Texts I created this activity for a recent workshop with teachers and it was very effective and enjoyable. It teaches students to consider the artists' intention for the work... more

Assessment Resources 16 December 2020

Assesment Criteria For each component and a checklist to help you organize your work for final sumissionPlease take note that for 2021 there are some amendments to the assessment requirements due to... more

Seed: Real vs Reproduced11 October 2020

Do you often draw from a photograph or even from an image on your phone? This is an exploration of how we see what is in front of us, and how a photographic image differs from what we perceive with our... more

Mid IB Summer Assignments21 June 2020

Begin year 2 with clear ideas and a sense of personal direction, ready to work towards a coherent exhibition.Mid IBDP summer is a critical moment for art students. They have completed the first year... more