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CS Guiding Template18 June 2018

In response to teacher requests I have created a basic power point template for the digital presentation of the Comparative Study. The slideshow has instructions for content on each screen addressing... 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

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

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

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

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

Regina, Exhibition HL7 October 2018

The lure of verisimilitudeMany students try to make realistic drawings based on photographs, which more often than not result in stiff, lifeless "copies". I always encourage drawing from life rather... more

Reviewing, Reflecting, Refining15 April 2018

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

Ideas and Intentions in the PP1 April 2018

An important part of the Process Portfolio, criterion C is about showing how your ideas and intentions begin and progress, and how your choice of imagery and techniques/media communicates these ideas. 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

Subject Specific Language1 December 2016

Presentation and Subject Specific Language is an assessed criteria for both The Comparative Study - (see CS Assessment Criteria) and the Process Portfolio- (see PP Assessment Criteria) so lets make sure... 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

A Coherent Body of Work24 July 2017

For the exhibition students present a set of rigorously selected artworks that clearly communicate their artistic intentions. This doesn't mean that the all the works need to address the same subject... more

Sofia, Exhibition HL31 August 2018

Here is an example of a student who curated an exhibition experience for the viewer through the use of lighting, colors and methods of display to communicate her intentions. Her overall concept was the... more

Zere, CS HL7 November 2017

This example of an organized and articulate Comparative Study earned Zere a 7. She was motivated by her interest in photography and by her own cultural experiences as a female in the middle east, to... 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

Elements of Drawing7 September 2018

I like to begin a course by introducing awareness of visual elements, qualities and attributes through drawing. I find this lays a good foundation for further exploration in any media and helps those... more

Studio Work in Progress Rubric19 November 2017

Are you finding it difficult to grade student studio work during the course using the full Exhibition Assessment Criteria ?Well, no surprise, those criteria are aimed at the overall Exhibition, including... 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

The Research Questionfree9 November 2018

A good research questionRemember, the EE must be formulated as a Research Question, not as a statement.Choosing the research question is perhaps the single most important factor in determining the success... 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

E submission Comparative Study8 November 2015

The externally assessed components, The Comparative Study and the Process Portfolio are digitally uploaded and sent to IBIS where they are assessed by an external examiner.The CS is submitted as a PDF... 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

CS, HL Connections 9 April 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

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

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

Gallery Visit on Curatorial Practice15 November 2014

Going around a city on a gallery walk is a great way to introduce and create awareness around curatorial practiceI have put together a set of guiding questions to introduce students to Curatorial Practice... 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

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

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

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

Documenting Artwork4 March 2018

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

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

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

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

Methods of Displayfree1 April 2018

For Part 3, The Exhibition students are required to set up and present a selection of work, considering methods of display.assessment objectives:Students need to recognize coherence and connection among... more

Curating an Imaginary Exhibition9 June 2018

Looking for a great summer assignment for incoming or mid IB Art students?Help your students to be prepared with some potential thematic interests, a point of departure for Choosing Artworks to investigate... 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

Curatorial Practicefree24 June 2015

Curatorial practice is a bit of a buzzword lately, with courses and programs in Curatorial Studies offered at Art Colleges and Universities all over the world. The IB, in line with 21st century skills... 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

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

Student portfolios with Google Sites7 September 2016

Written by guest teacher Elizabeth KingBavarian International School e.V In grading student work, I find that it is best to put oneself in the role of the examiner in order... 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

Vasari's Five Criteria18 November 2016

Use this page for a TOK/Art discussion and journal reflection on how the criteria we use to judge an art work vary over time and across culturesGiorgio Vasari (1511-1574) was an Italian painter, architect,... more

The RPPF22 July 2018

In the EE/RPPF, the Extended Essay Reflections on Planning and Progress Form, candidates undertake three reflection sessions with their supervisors: one early on, one interim, and the final viva voce.... 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

Impromptu Curating Activity21 April 2015

For this activity you don’t need any special materials. You only need to look around you, think about what you have in your immediate environment, make a selection, and make an exhibition out of what... more

Feedback19 June 2013

When offering students encouragement, we are doing much more than simply praising or criticizing. We are tuning into what is really going on. Maybe they need some practical... 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