Mid IB Summer Assignments

   Begin year 2 with clear ideas and a sense of personal direction, ready to work towards a coherent exhibition.

Mid IBDP summer is a critical moment for art students. They have completed the first year of the program with exploration of different art making techniques, ideas and approaches and are beginning to focus on their own individual path.


Visit Galleries and Museums!  if this is possible in your region....Primary sources ( seeing an exhibition) are important for the CS, and for the visual arts EE if that is the chosen subject, and super helpful in discovering artists that will influence and inspire work in year 2. Try to go to least one museum (or galleries) take notes, drawings and obtain background research on artists.

Adapting assignments during a pandemic

For many students travel to Museums and galleries to see art firsthand will not be on the cards yet. Shift the focus to work that can be completed at home and researched remotely. The following pages my be helpful for student working independently, you can make them available using student access.

Students choose their favorite assignments to explore from the Art Seed Bank - these might plant the seeds of a new direction of personal focus. So many fun projects to choose form.

Comparative Study Independent Development with a modified CS Guiding Template 

Independent Work- year 2 

Journaling- use the visual journal throughout the summer to record images, sketches, thoughts, observations... these can be adapted into PP screens, as fodder for the studio work to come. Try some of the art and ToK questions in Discussion Assignments 

A list of Online Art Lessons and Tutorials for the self motivated

A drawing a day- it can be anything, even a 1 minute sketch of your feet, a tree, a view from the train, a song.... date each journal entry.

Summer Reading

Who reads about art these days? We do! Choose a book for summer reading...Here are a few classics: 

Ways of Seeing by John Berger

The Story of Art by E.H. Gombrich

Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland

Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

Steal like an Artist, by Austin Kleon

On Photography by Susan Sontag

Cennino Cennini, The craftsman's handbook  a renaissance manual of techniques, archaic but still interesting. Did you know that a city egg yolk makes better egg tempera than a country egg? Less pigment.

And check out this vast catalogue of Free Art Books and this list of Art Films and Features 

Comprehensive Assignments

These assignments are more directed and will help students to be prepared for the challenges ahead, exploring both meaning and formal issues, and identifying artists who are important to them. Choose one that suits your needs.

Curating an Imaginary Exhibition

Help your students to be prepared with some potential thematic interests, a point of departure for Choosing Artworks to investigate...

Summer CS Research

Send your mid IB students off with some summer homework that will give the Comparative Study an extra boost.Summer holidays are an opportune time for students to visit museums, galleries, or artist studios...

Framing Your Vision

A photography teaching idea using the work of  William Eggleston as a reference. This assignment emphasizes formal analysis and understanding of composition, and how it supports and communicates content.

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