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PP Asssessment Criteria2 May 2017

On this site page you will find There are 5 assessment criteria for the PP, for a total of 34 marks A Skills, techniques and processes: 12 marksB Critical investigation: 6 marks 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

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

Grade Boundaries7 February 2017

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, and can vary... more

CAF (Planning and Progress) 19 March 2017

The IB has introduced a coursework authentification form for all DP subjects. On this form the teacher records three interactions with each student at various stages of thier coursework. more

Sample Extended Essays7 November 2017

Research QuestionThis EE looks at the works of Peter Paul Rubens, Jenny Saville and Willem De Kooning, and explores this Research Question:“Flesh is the reason oil painting was invented” To what... 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

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

Choosing Artworks24 September 2017

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

Thematic Threads6 August 2017

This activity helps students to investigate a topic or theme through looking at images from art history. See page on A Coherent Body of Work for more about thematic development.This is a fun way to explore... 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

Presentation and Format CS24 September 2017

Your presentation should be visually engaging, interesting to look at, and easy to read. The Comparative Study is not an essay. It is a visual presentation that balances written and visual content; it... more

Inspired Teaching15 October 2017

If you teach what is exciting and interesting to you, if you care about the work and the artists that you show them, if you share your ideas and questions with your students, you will enjoy teaching... more

Cultural Threads 8 October 2017

Textiles are not seen too frequently seen in IB art portfolios, yet this is a fantastic, accessible, culturally rich art form. If you have any interest in textiles yourself why not get your students involved... more

Internal Assessment3 April 2017

By 10 April/10 October ( southern hemisphere) teachers/coordinators are required to complete the following on IBIS under the IAPG section.Predicted grades from each subject are used to help predict the... more

Four Ways of Looking at Art15 September 2017

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

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

Is Fashion Modern?22 October 2017

The new exhibition at MOMA entitled Is Fashion Modern? gives those students interested in fashion an intelligent, comprehensive overview of iconic moments in fashion in the 20th and 21st century, providing... 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

Critical Investigation14 June 2017

Students: Your Process Portfolio is a documentation of both your making process and your thinking process. What triggers an idea for an artwork? How does an idea develop into artwork? What medium best... 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

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

Studio Work in Progress Rubricfree19 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

Curating a Virtual Exhibition21 June 2017

Looking for a great summer assignment for incoming or mid IB Art students?This one will help your students to be prepared with some potential thematic interests, artists to investigate and directions... more

Open Ended Assignments18 November 2014

Our students need guidance, but how can we give them structured assignments that really encourage independent solutions? By assigning tasks that create approximately the same result, you will have a pretty... more

Documenting Artwork3 April 2017

Once students have completed and selected the works for The Exhibition they will need to focus on documenting their work in the best possible way, and make sure to adhere to the formats and files compatible... more

Art and Originality28 August 2017

What does it mean to be original?Can ideas be owned? Does a signature make a work of art? In this section you will find observations on the idea of originality, Jim Jarmusch's manifesto on Nothing is... 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... 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

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

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

Supervising an Extended Essay3 May 2017

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

Titling Work25 February 2017

Its almost time to start thinking about titles!When students submit work for their final exhibition assessment they are asked to give a title, as well as medium, dimensions and brief description. See... more

Marina Abramovic's Advice for Artists3 December 2016

Yugoslavian born performance artist Marina Abramovic, sometimes described as "the grandmother of performance art", has her own advice for artists that includes spending time near exploding volcanoes,... more

Renaissance Selfies30 January 2015

Leon Battista Alberti wrote in his treatise on painting in 1435: "Painting possesses a truly divine power in that not only does it make the absent present (as they say of friendship), but it also represents... 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

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

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

Shinique Smith31 August 2013

Brooklyn based artist Shinique Smith uses discarded clothing,shoes and soft toys among other things, to look at over consumption and excess in society. She... more

The Other Westfree22 July 2013

Your school may be in the Western world and you wonder how to expose your students to other cultures first hand. Exhibitions are always a fantastic way of seeing art from other parts of the world,... 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

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... 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

Exhibition Hanging Styles3 March 2017

As students begin to prepare for their exhibition, it is worth while to spend some time ( even one class time) looking at some different approaches to displaying art. Students can begin to plan their... 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

Applying to Art School17 December 2015

This page is a resource compiled for students who want to continue their art studies after the IB ( and for their dedicated teachers who advise them!)Applying to art school can be a scary and daunting... 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... more

But is it Art?6 December 2013

One of my favorite artist celebrities, Grayson Perry, in his recent series of radio talks, provides some incredibly insightful commentary on the nature of contemporary art- despite the comical presentation.... more

Alexander McQueen1 August 2013

“You’ve got to know the rules to break them. That’s what I’m here for, to demolish the rules but to keep the tradition.”—Alexander McQueen The British designer Alexander McQueen who... more