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Process portfolio – Questions and Answers

A while ago I had a Visual Arts Process Portfolio question and answer session with my students and thought I’d share questions and answers. 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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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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Working from Observation (“direct observation”)

Work from observation can do a lot more than just improve your understanding of your work ‘and the work of others’ – in many ways it can be seen as fundamental to art-making, acknowledging and emphasizing the importance of looking and seeing. Find out more

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Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman uses photography in a creative, thoughtful, individual and admittedly sometimes provocative manner. Her photos could also form the basis of part of your Comparative Study or the critical investigation part of the Process Portfolio. Find out more

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Why so generous? – IA predictions

One IB assessments moderator posed the question: why are some teachers so generous with their marks for IB Visual Arts internal assessments? Here are some of the ideas that surfaced relating to the different issues involved. Find out more

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