Documenting Artwork

IB Visual Arts: Documenting Artwork

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 focus on documenting their work in the best possible way, and make sure to adhere to the formats and files compatible for uploading. This page looks at the key issues in documenting work for E submission for Exhibition


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Comments 7

Amelie Van Moorsel Orssich 8 January 2018 - 13:36

Dear Heather,
Is it a problem if the students name appears anywhere in their work or is this not allowed? My student has taken her own photographs for her CS and should she mention `Own photograph` or use her name? Tx.

Heather McReynolds 8 January 2018 - 23:51

i recommend saying "my own photograph" or "my art work" since the CS is referenced by a number not a name when being examined

John Hawke 19 February 2018 - 09:28

It is allowed isn´t it for students to have their work professionally documented? In this case, should the photographer be cited somewhere?

Heather McReynolds 20 February 2018 - 09:41

As far as i know there is nothing stating that they cant do this, as long as the photos a true records of how the work actually appears! ( and dont see why it should be cited either)

Sara Barati 22 March 2018 - 02:54

Hi Heather, I have a few SL students who displayed 8 works in their exhibition, but will only submit the maximum of 7 for assessment. If the extra artwork shows up in their 2 exhibition overview photographs, will they be penalized for that? If so, is it okay to edit the photos? They also took the extra art down when taking photos, but that left awkward blank space on the display boards. So they took photos in both ways, with and without the extra artwork. Thanks for your advice!

Heather McReynolds 22 March 2018 - 08:17

Sara, no not at all...its just to show the overall layout and scale etc.

Becky van Paassen 22 March 2018 - 13:45

Hi Heather, one of my students chose under the staircase to exhibit his work (which suited his work and concept). It is a dark corner, we used lighting well. Photographing the individual pieces is tricky. Am I allowed to photograph them out of the exhibition space where the lighting is better? Or does the moderator want to see them in the exhibition environment?


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