- The new IB Visual Arts Curriculum with first exams in 2016.
- A mini overview of some of the changes
- Visual Art in Context
- Visual Arts Processes
- Presenting and Communicating Visual Arts
What's New in the curriculum?
Most of the ideas and values that underpin teaching art remain unaltered, but there are some key changes that I think will prove to be very positive for your students and enjoyable for you as a teacher.
The introduction of a Comparative Study is a new aspect of the course, designed to teach visual analysis and critical thinking.
The core syllabus is composed of 3 parts.
The cycle of inquiry, considering and comparing work from a variety of cultures, historical, social contexts. Analyzing, interpreting, comparing, evaluating, using art vocabulary. Reflection and understanding.
Experimenting with techniques, media, processes, developing a body of resolved and unresolved work, self review and critique, documentation in visual arts journal.
This 3rd part has to do with understanding curatorial processes, what makes an effective exhibition and selecting and presenting the students own work.
Instead of an IWB there is a Visual Arts Journal
Assessment will be divided into 3 parts, with the following breakdown. Go to the linking site pages for each component for more detailed discussion, or visit Assessment
Part 1,The Comparative Study for points 20% Externally Assessed
compare and contrast the work of (at least 2) different artists from different cultural contexts (HL students will also include a reflection of how this relates to their own work)
SL 10-15 screens
HL 10-15 screens & 3-5 screens comparing own work
Part 2, Process Portfolio for points 40% Externally Assessed
the students journey of art‐making: their engagement with different media and techniques, documentation of process, reflections on artists & artworks and the development of ideas.
SL: 9‐18 pages/screens submitted.
HL: 13‐25 pages/screens submitted.
Students reflect on their chosen body of work and provide a rationale for the decisions regarding the selection of certain pieces for exhibition.
SL: 4‐7 artworks, exhibition text and a curatorial rationale of max 400 words
HL: 8-11 artworks, exhibition text & curatorial rationale max 700 words
Keep an eye on the New Curriculum section of this site, where each week you will find more information, teaching ideas, tips and discussion of how to integrate these changes into our teaching. I will do my best to keep you well informed and reflect these changes throughout the other site other pages as well, an ongoing process.