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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

Choosing Artworksfree13 May 2019

Choose your artworks for the Comparative study bearing in mind the availability of appropriate resources, the marking criteria and the requirements of the task:Your choice of artworks might be inspired... more

Margherita CS HL1 October 2017

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... more

Function and Purposefree13 November 2018

one of the assessed criteria, Criterion B. Interpreting Function and Purpose may be new or confusing for some students. This page interprets function and purpose and offers some practical teaching activities. more

Unit Planning14 October 2018

Unit plans are an integral part of the MYP process and your school may require you to produce them for the Diploma programme. Unit plans are covered in pages 30-32 in Approaches to Teaching and Learning. more

Exhibition Assessment 14 April 2019

The Exhibition is Internally Assessed by you the teacher and externally moderated.The Exhibition and Curatorial Rationale comprise 40% of the final gradeBoth SL and HL students select and present their... more

Teaching to Think Creatively28 April 2019

What is the most important thing about art education?Art teachers teach many things, among them composition, drawing skills, manipulation of materials and techniques, art history and understanding cultural... more

Mapping a Course Outline free18 September 2018

You are the captain of your very particular IB Visual Arts ship, whatever kind of vessel that is. There is no one size fits all model, but there are outlines and planners to help steer your course. These... 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

Cultural Significance6 December 2018

Encouraging awareness and understanding of culture, ones own, as well as others, is at the core of the IB philosophy. There are many teaching ideas and topics relating to culture in art practice, and... more

CS, HL Connections 23 November 2018

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. 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

Secondary Sources free21 May 2019

The teacher is the most important source of information without a doubt, and the teacher's knowledge will be the single most useful resource the students have available. However, not all teachers have... more

Compare and Contrast11 December 2018

Art teachers have always taught how to compare and contrast artworks long before the CS was a requirement. This page looks at how to teach visual analysis in general but can also be used as practice in... more

The Research Questionfree10 March 2019

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

ZA Process Portfolio HL28 February 2019

Another fine example of an HL Process Portfolio from colleague Shannon Brinkley, formerly at Cairo American College. She received almost full marks for this, 33/34.It consists mostly of scanned journal... more

Summer CS Research18 June 2018

Send your mid IB students off with some summer homework that will give the Comparative Study an extra boost.Summer holidays are an opportune time for students to visit museums, galleries, or artist studios... more

Writing Guidelines for Rationale8 April 2019

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 Checklist25 March 2019

Here it is, what you've been asking for, a simplified checklist for your students to know exactly what they need to have ready for the Electronic Submission of all 3 components. Add your own dates with... more

Unit Plan: Curatorial Focus9 September 2018

This sample Unit Plan focuses on Curatorial Practice and preparing students for part 3, The Exhibition.This unit would be well situated later in the first semester of year 2 ( november/ december) as students... 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

Four Ways of Looking at Art29 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

Uncovering Bigger Ideas26 August 2017

Creating work for the exhibition that pivots around linking ideas, concepts, questions, images is quite different from presenting a series of teacher led assignments and will certainly be more likely... more

Unit Plan: Foundation Skills24 September 2018

A starting unit designed for year 1 students coming from different skill levels and degrees of preparation. This Unit focuses on building the basic drawing skills and vocabulary that students will use... more

Cultural and Geographic Focusfree13 November 2017

Our notion of art is primarily taught from a Western, European perspective. These pages are an invitation to explore the rich variety of art forms that arise specific to place and culture throughout our... more

Self-Reflectionfree13 November 2018

To Reflect, Review and Refine is part of developing a growing artistic self awareness and the ability to self reflect, analyze and review own development. It is to ask, How have I developed as an artist? 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

Margherita, HL Exhibitionfree24 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

Supervising an Extended Essay6 May 2018

As a Visual Arts teacher you will most likely be asked to supervise a number of Visual Arts EEs, from as few as one to as many as six or seven essays. Supervisors are expected to spend between three and... more

Photo Montage Collage13 December 2018

Sure we know Instagram and photoshop, but remember polaroid and photo montage? altered images have been around since the 19th century, when photography was first invented. to the history of image altering,... more

Artists' Books20 January 2016

Sketchbooks are for visual thinking, recording, capturing an idea -and not intended to be the finished work. An artists' book is the art piece.Artists' books are made by artistsArtists' books are books... more

Creativity2 May 2014

Creative means original, expressive, inventive, innovative, imaginative, handmade, ground-breaking, generative, to give rise to, birth Creativity is the action of combining previously uncombined elements 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

Art Glossaries21 October 2018

Use of subject specific language is an assessed criteria for both the CS and PP, so lets get our students' using art vocabulary daily, both in writing and speaking about art. Go to Building Art Vocabulary... more

Inspired not Copied4 January 2018

Copy the CreativityIdeally it is the creative process we want to copy when looking at the great artists of the past, not their work.A copy will always be only a copy, whereas if we can teach students... 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

Recognizing Good Ideas13 November 2014

"I’ve always been fascinated by the failures of genius. Consider Bob Dylan. How did the same songwriter who produced Blood on the Tracks and Blonde on Blonde also conclude that Down in the Groove was... more

Ethical Expression3 November 2018

In light of the recently clarified VA guidelines (below) for students artwork dealing with sensitive topics I thought a page on this topic might be of interest. The material on this page lends itself... more

EE Example Ellisive 18 September 2018

"To what extent is it evident that the tradition of Japanese woodblock print influenced the artistic activities of Nikolai Astrup?" ( Research Question)In this extended essay that received an A, Ellisive... more

Predicted Gradesfree28 February 2019

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

Reflections on Creativity 24 July 2013

I have gathered some reflections on the creative process from an assortment of writers, artists and psychologists. Hopefully you will delve deeper into the ones that you find most interesting, and gain... more

Your Taste is Killer17 June 2013

Ira Glass, the wonderful story teller and radio presenter (This American Life) shares some encouraging words with anyone trying to do creative work. The text is all his, the animation is done by David... more

Zere, HL Exhibition14 January 2018

Zere 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... more

5 Works in 5 Weeks25 February 2017

A new resource by colleague Rachel Swinburne in BermudaRachel describes her experience with setting goals for stepping up the production in the art studio! If you are familiar with how slow your students... more

Speaking of Art26 June 2014

Although it helps to have regular class critiques where students get used to speaking about their own art work and each others, talking about other artists work isn't something most of our students... more

Using personal stories15 January 2012

In the IB assessment criteria this is listed in one of the criterion. What does this actually mean? It does not mean that every student must turn to their inner turmoil as a source of material for ideas,... more

Art and Meaning23 June 2014

This section looks at how we assign meaning to art, and what makes art art. The unanswerable question, what is art? however impossible to answer still makes a good debate. Show these examples and... more

EE Example Beti30 September 2018

"How are different demographics persuaded by visual ambiguity in the design of advertisements?" ( RQ)This A awarded essay takes a psychological angle on visual ambiguity, and through the analysis of advertisements... more

Visiting Artists26 June 2018

Find an artist/artisanThere are artists working in every community, city, town, village, and remote mountainside, no matter where you live.Widen your definition of artist to include artisans working in... more

Collage!10 December 2017

Collage is a personal favorite of mine and a great medium for low budget art rooms. Revisit this medium with your students and discover new artists and ways of making collage, enrich the Process Portfolio,... more