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E submission Process Portfoliofree13 March 2019

The Process Portfolio is digitally uploaded on IBIS where it is assessed by an external examiner. Last date for uploading PP is April 30 (October 30 for schools in southern hemisphere) For general submission... 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

Elodie, Comparative Study, HL3 February 2019

an interesting premise for a comparison...Thanks to Julien Guibreteau for sharing Elodie's work with us. Her mark was 32 out of 42 , which makes it a 6. ( see Grade Boundaries ). I think it is a very... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Uploading Visual Arts Checklistfree21 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Research Methods EE 7 July 2018

Gather information first from a wide range of sources, then begin to sift it into some order and shape. You can't begin to write until you have amassed a sufficient amount of information. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Academic Honesty23 December 2012

The IB has created a twenty-one page booklet entitled Academic Honesty which outlines what is considered acceptable and unacceptable practice The entire publication can be found on the Online Curriculum... 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

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

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

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

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

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 uses bales of thrown-away... 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

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