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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

Grade Boundaries10 July 2019

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

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

Mid IB Summer Assignments6 July 2019

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

Visual Analysis: Criterion A26 May 2019

For The Comparative Study students are asked to identify and analyze the formal qualities of each artwork considered, for assessed criterion A. This is called Visual (or Formal) analysis.criterion A.... 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

Summer CS Research6 July 2019

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

Unit Plan: Foundation Skills29 June 2019

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

Framing Your Vision20 June 2019

The activities on this page develop work for the Process Portfolio with lens based art making forms.A teaching idea using the work of photographer William Eggleston as a reference. This assignment emphasizes... more

Teaching to Think Creatively7 July 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

Choosing Artworks13 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

Blind Drawing29 August 2017

Using touch not sight to guide a drawingUse this as a warm up exercise to overcome fear and to discover the other senses involved in drawing. Again, this exercise is not intended to create portfolio quality... 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

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

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

Secondary Sources 21 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

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

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

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

Art and Knowledge30 November 2018

ToK teaches students to question ways of knowing and examine how knowledge affects understanding. Let's see how this comes into play in looking at art.Both experiences (not knowing and knowing) have their... 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

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

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

Originality of Student Work free15 July 2019

"Originality" in this case refers to authenticity, not creativity. The importance of the process and the crafting is integral to the work that is presented for the final exhibition, therefor IB Art students... 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

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

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

Fashion Design31 October 2018

Many female, and some male students express an interest in fashion. However, there is a need for them to acquire some background and become informed if they wish to develop original thinking in this field.... 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

Drawing from Naturefree18 July 2013

There is great value in looking directly at the natural world rather than reading about it in books or copy images of images. I am surprised how often students will choose to copy a photograph of a... more

Stefanie, Process Portfolio SLfree17 July 2019

Thanks to Lucie Wiedemann at the International School of Augsburg for sharing this exciting work by her student Stefanie. Stefanie's portfolio shows deep engagement with the processes and the ideas she... 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

Claude Glass Painting Exercise14 July 2013

Looking through a brown glass facilitates seeing values, much as putting a sepia tinted filter on a photo makes it tonal. The modern day Claude Glass effect is easily achieved with a click on the computer. 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

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

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

Copying and Transferring Drawings 12 July 2013

Modern technologies for reproduction have made these old ways seem almost quaint; however there is still a need sometimes for the handmade methods of copying and transferring images. Use these exercises... 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

Film and Painting28 December 2018

This page includes fun, visual resources with videos and links for students and teachers interested in the relationship between film and painting. We will look at both examples of film inspiring painting... 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

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

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

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

The Artist's Manifesto9 June 2016

“I am for an artist who vanishes, turning up in a white cap painting signs or hallways.”Claes Oldenburg: I am for an ArtWhat do you believe art is? What are the values that you hold dear as an artist?... 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

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

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

Graffiti and Street Art17 October 2014

Street Art, graffiti in particular, is a subject that interests many students around the world.. But besides making their own street art, students need to support this with investigation, understanding,... more

iPad Drawing12 April 2014

Some artists are using ipads as a sketchbook to record ideas, as a canvas itself, or as a tool in the process of making art work. I like to use it to try out variations of ideas and color schemes during... more

Exhibitions to see in 201822 April 2018

Once exams are over, its time to give some attention to those year 1 students again... maybe you want to visit to an art museum near you, or even plan a field trip that ventures further abroad. OR, without... more