Thematic Threads

IB Visual Arts: Thematic Threads

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 how different artists approach the same topic, and how history and culture play a role in this.What this exercise teachesPick a topic and a few key art works, then let students build on this by adding more art works...


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Comments 6

Heba Yosri 1 March 2017 - 06:37

Hi Heather,
Is their a certain form or criteria for solidifying the exhibition theme? As my students and I are meeting in order to work on it and discuss their ideas.

Heba Yosri 1 March 2017 - 09:54

Also My students are preparing for their Mock exhibition. should it be based on a certain theme? If yes, could the students use their solidified final theme?

Heather McReynolds 1 March 2017 - 19:40

Hi Heba, no need to base anything on themes, the mock exam really is just an opportunity to prepare for the real exam but yes use their work in progress,whether it has a theme or not.

Ina Isnaedi 9 March 2017 - 00:56

Hi Heather,
Awesome insights! I can easily get overwhelmed (in a good way!) with the wealth of ideas you offer here. I was wondering, my student is thinking to have her exhibition to show a linear journey about human nature, like Dante's Divine Comedy. Seeing the examples of student exhibitions in your website, the themes seem to be quite specific/central. Would a linear journey be too broad?

Heather McReynolds 9 March 2017 - 08:49

Ina, i think that sounds like a wonderful idea, very interesting! I would love to see the result ;). The examples I have simply reflect what most students are doing, but its good to see students considering other ways of organizing and presenting work.

Ina Isnaedi 17 March 2017 - 00:11

Oh great! What a relief. Thank you for your support.


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