CS Assessment Descriptors for Students

Basic assessment information for the CS on this page: a summary of the criteria and required tasks, simple, clear, concise. The Comparative Study is an external assessment task in which you analyze and compare artworks from different cultural contexts. This component is submitted as a PDF composed of a determined number of screens for each level. The Comparative Study comprises 20% of the final grade.SL

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Comments 14

Lisa Schooling 23 July 2017 - 20:48

Hi Heather,
Could you give some guidance on the use of images for the CS or other IB required essays? I have a student who wants to use specific examples of an artist but is wondering if she can use scanned images from books as long as it is cited properly. Some of the images are from museum visits and have not been published or reproduced before. Thank you!

Heather McReynolds 24 July 2017 - 01:30

Hi lisa, scanned images from books are fine, properly cited, as are photos taken by the student at a Museum- indicate this in addition to the citation. For guidance on citation Refer to the page thinkib.net

Lisa Schooling 24 July 2017 - 19:55

Thank you for the quick reply!

Becky van Paassen 18 August 2017 - 12:51

Hi Heather,
I was off on maternity leave last year and am picking up my year 12's again this year. I asked the cover teacher to set them the task of starting the CS over the summer, they have all made great progress. I get my 2nd years to work around a broad theme in year 2, does it matter if the CS is different to the PP and Exhibition work if their theme is different to what they have done for the CS?

Heather McReynolds 19 August 2017 - 12:32

Hi Becky, not really, since each component is separately assessed. The connections with studio work for HL is the only clearly linking part in theory.

victoria mc elhill 26 September 2017 - 07:07

Hi Heather, do you think there would be a problem with one of my students looking into 2 current artists, who have both done work relating to Palestine, Laila Chawa and Banksy.

Heather McReynolds 26 September 2017 - 21:09

Victoria, dont see a problem at all

Ina Isnaedi 27 September 2017 - 07:44

Hi Heather,
Hoping you are well and the weather changes have been treating you well! I have a question that links to Becky van Paasen's question (19-8-'17), just making sure; for HL, is it suggested that the studio work that have been influenced by artists from the CS, be part of the final exhibition? It seems like a lot of the high achieving student samples posted here have a very coherent theme from CS, PP through to Exhibition..

Ina Isnaedi 27 September 2017 - 08:20

Oh I think I found your feedback to this type of question in another thread from the page Integrating the CS: "My advice Andrew, is to choose artists that they feel strongly connected with or influenced by to start, but if this isnt the case, they could make connections with studio work from year 1 ( remember the art work itself is not assessed but the ability to make connections), or even explain how this may have been a starting point and how they have developed the work in relation to...does this make sense? "

Erin Kenealy 9 October 2017 - 13:55

Hi Heather,
I have a few questions in regards to my students' artist picks for the CS. One student has selected 3 different artists and artworks, but all of them are European (though from different time periods). He wants to focus on the subject of death and mortality in artwork, so wishes to look at "The Ambassadors" by Hans Holbein the Younger, "An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump" by Joseph Wright of Derby, and Damien Hirst's "For the Love of God". Do you feel there would be enough difference in cultural context to make this a successful CS? I think his choices are great, but I don't want to do him a disservice by saying yes and then he gets marked down for looking only at European-based artists.

My second student would like to examine Wayne Thiebau's cake paintings and decided to compare the 19th century "Jadeite Cabbage with Insects" from China, as this meets cultural context requirements. However, the artist of this work is unknown. Would she be able to still use it as long as she considers the political and social environment during the time it was created, as well as other characteristics of artwork being made at that time?

Sorry for such a long inquiry, but thanks in advance for your assistance with this! My students last year had more straight-forward artist choices, but I'm happy these guys are challenging themselves and thinking outside of the box!

Heather McReynolds 10 October 2017 - 17:10

Great questions Erin, I like these interesting choices of artworks. Yes to the first comparison, they are form very different contexts.
In the second option, the unknown artist is fine, its the art work being analyzed, not the artist, and she can certainly consider the whole context of the time if was made.
Good work!

Victoria Wreden-Sadeq 21 November 2017 - 19:50

Hello Heather - For the CS Criteria mark band F-students make connection with their own work. It states using Analysis might be evident through drawing and other visual means as well as text, can they use their OWN work in the CS? It is a bit vague? Thanks

Amelie Van Moorsel Orssich 10 January 2018 - 15:25

Hello Heather, forgive me if this seems a silly question but if the CS weighting is 20%, why is it graded out of 42?
Also, if the PP is 40% why is it graded out of 34? (Same with exhibition) I am having some complications trying to grade their mock exam and then having to do the maths after....!

Heather McReynolds 12 January 2018 - 00:13

you are not silly, its very confusing math! Its percentages, and somehow it all adds up ... have a look at this page

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