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The Indian dipole

One example of consequences of climate change is the rise in temperatures in the Indian Ocean which may be linked to the bush-fires in Australia and flooding in parts of Africa. Find out more

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She lit up the stage

This blog will look at what challenges we had in terms of lighting, what we wanted to achieve and how we achieved the desired effects.  Find out more

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ITGS – Digital Society Update

The DP course title Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) will change to Digital Society in 2022. Find out more

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William Ramsey

William Ramsey was Scottish and was born in Glasgow on the 2nd October 1852 where he eventually went on to study chemistry at the University of Glasgow. His studies and research too him to Germany, Bristol and eventually University College London (UCL). Find out more

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How to use light to show the darkness

This blog will explain how I achieved some lighting effects for 'The Railway Children' that I co-designed the lights for recently, and will also refer to a play I saw in New York recently, that used very subtle lighting, very effectively. Find out more

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E/Z cis / trans – geometric isomers

The E/Z or cis / trans system can be used to name geometric isomers. Geometric isomers are molecules that have groups above and below the plane of a ring or double bond. Find out more

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Great Mathematicians 7 – Pythagoras

Much of what we know about Pythagoras is conjecture. We do know that he was born on the Greek island of Samos in about 570 BC. Around about 530 BC he founded what can only be called a rather bizarre sect in Croton, in Italy. Find out more

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Documenting temporary artworks

How do you show the IB examiners something that no longer exists (e.g. branches that were burned)? In this blog post we discuss the process of decomposition and destruction by fire, the way things change as they end their existence, the visual qualities and the nature of change. Find out more

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Trafficking in Britain

It is not known how many illegal migrants there are in Britain. Some estimates put them at around 650,000 +/- 200,000! What is clear, however is that people will take huge risks to enter the UK in search of work. What is also clear is that security has been tightened at the main ports and that smugglers have switched to other ports. Find out more

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Researching a world theatre tradition

This blog will look at all the different ways you can go about carrying out research into a tradition, and will provide Kathakali sources you may want to use yourself.  Find out more

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Arts assessment: Thoughts and Suggestions

Here are five issues that can play a role when assessing the work of students taking the IB Visual Arts examinations. Find out more

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Surveillance and Freedom

The control of society is as old as government itself, but modern technology combined with the power of predictive algorithms, has provided states, along with multinational corporations, with more and more invidious methods of citizens’ control. Find out more

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Glacial streams as a carbon sink

Scientists have only recently discovered that Arctic/glacial meltwater streams take in atmospheric carbon at a faster rate than tropical rainforests. Find out more

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Sensitive Issues in Art and the ‘spectrum of offence’

On one hand we want the students to be risk takers and to explore ideas, but on the other we need to guide them if their work is likely to become offensive. Find out more

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Ortega y Gasset’s Subjective Perspectivism

José Ortega y Gasset’s contribution to philosophy is manifold if one takes into account his wide-ranging essays on literary, cultural and sociological matters. Find out more

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Are you ready for the new “revised” Visual Arts course?

We are approaching the end of a long but interesting journey: the fourth ‘new course’ development meeting will occur next month (November 2019). Find out more

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Primo Levi

You may or may not heard of Primo Levi. I came across his name recently when carrying out some research into graphene. The name seemed unusual to me and I thought I would dig a little deeper and see what I could find out. Find out more

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On the Convergence of Two Creative Revolutions

The “Roaring Twenties” are generally associated with a period of unbridled excess after the traumatic experience of the First World War. While young Americans revelled to the syncopated rhythms of jazz music, two groups of European philosophers and artists were desperately searching for new meanings after the annihilation of all previous moral certainties.  Find out more

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The process of learning

Having studied Kathakali for over 10 years it was now time for me to perform in one of the most perfectly structured Kathakali plays ever written. I was going to be playing the role of Panchali in "Kalyanasaugandhikam" ("The Flower of Good Fortune"). Find out more

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A Story of Cheating

In a recent visual arts workshop, we had a lot of discussions about academic honesty and how to detect plagiarism, and one of the teachers described this encounter: One of his students returned to school after the summer break with an absolutely outstanding artwork – big, colourful, complex, clever and thought-provoking. Find out more

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