Choosing Artworks

IB Visual Arts: Choosing Artworks

Choose your artworks for the Comparative study bearing in mind the availability of appropriate resources, the marking criteria and the requirements of the task:Your choice of artworks might be inspired by a TOK question or an exhibition you have seen.Reflect on what is meaningful to you and choose artworks that you would like to learn more about. You can compare anything, but it will only have convincing strength if...


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Lucy Witham 11 October 2017 - 14:11

Hi, would you consider the artists Picasso and DuBuffet too similar to use in a CS? Thanks.

Judi Morgan 29 November 2017 - 17:45

I have a student interested in architecture for CS. She is wanting to compare Frank Lloyd Wright and Iraq architect Zaha Hadid. She lives near the Guangzhou Opera House and has and can experience it directly. Do you have any suggestions for analysis and how she might integrate her studies into her studio work?

Heather McReynolds 29 November 2017 - 19:32

That sounds like a good comparison already... esp with the primary source. What is her studio work like? can she make connections or is it better to make a piece in response? I would suggest maybe looking at the architects drawings as well, FLW has some incredible drawings and graphics, this could be an angle for comparing her work too.

Judi Morgan 30 November 2017 - 18:52

Excellent ideas on the FLW... She did a replication of a FLW drawing to understand mechanical drawing/pen weight/ etc. And created a Lego building that she then drew...I think she is hoping to continue in this way for studio work, but I will talk with her more about this. Thanks

Bora Shin 3 January 2018 - 18:17

Hi Heather,

I have a student who wants to become a game designer and he also picked out two specific games (Megaton & Markarth) and their settings from this one game designer (Adam Adamowicz) to write his CS about in comparison to a Dutch painter (Hieronymus Bosch) and one of his paintings (Garden of Earthly Delights). Is this acceptable?

Heather McReynolds 4 January 2018 - 05:59

Hi Bora, the artworks compared in the CS are not specified as purely Fine Art, and can include a broad spectrum of art media such as design, fashion etc,, but i think it is helpful to maintain some fine art context, therfor the comparison with Bosch is a good move. What is acceptable depends on whether the student is able to address each of the criteria for the art works chosen. Hope this clarifies!

Chrissa Dres 14 February 2018 - 10:30

Hi Heather,
I have a couple of questions:
Can students choose 3 artworks from the same discipline and in the same medium (eg: 3 paintings, or 3 sculptures or 3 buildings, etc) providing that the cultural contexts are different?
Also, would you agree that 'cultural contexts' not only refer to different countries but also to the same country? Artworks by 2 artists from the same country can differ greatly in stylistic approach, content and context.

Heather McReynolds 15 February 2018 - 11:17

Hi Chrissa, no problem with using the same medium...re: different cultural contexts: i advise students to make a strong case for the different cultural backgrounds ( not styles) when there is any doubt that they might seem too similar....if this can be clearly supported then OK

Chrissa Dres 15 February 2018 - 17:15

Thanks Heather!

Sepi Johnson 11 April 2018 - 17:53

Hi Heather, one of my colleagues is asking if we should discourage students from comparing artists from the same art movement. I am not sure what the answer is. Can you help, please. Thank you!

Heather McReynolds 11 April 2018 - 21:00

well Sepi, the criteria specifies art works form different cultural contexts... if the movement is international its not an issue, but if its only within a certain geographical area perhaps better not to compare from same movement.

Sepi Johnson 12 April 2018 - 04:53

Great! Thank you so much!


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