Visual Arts

Course Description

Students taking visual art often go on to study: Architecture, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Product Design, Graphic Design, Animation and Fine Art in Universities in the U.S.A, U.K. and other European countries. We have also enabled students to enter the School of Fine Arts in Thessaloniki. Students should only choose Visual Art if they have an interest and reasonable ability in the subject.

Students studying Visual Art will create art pieces in 2D, 3D and lens based formats. They will study art and artists from different cultures and times and make connections with their own work. They will create exhibitions of their work and explain it from a curatorial point of view. They will visit exhibitions in Thessaloniki and have the opportunity to visit two European capitals in years 1 and 2.

Part 1: Comparative Study 20%

Externally Assessed

Students analyze and compare different artworks by different artists from different cultural contexts.

  • Students submit 10-15 screens which examine and compare at least 3 artworks, at least 2 of which need to be by different artists
  • HL students submit 3-5 screens showing how their work has been influenced by the art and artists studied
  • Students submit a list of sources used

Part 2: Process Portfolio 40%

Externally Assessed

Students submit carefully selected materials which evidence their sustained experimentation, exploration, manipulation and refinement of a variety of art making activities during the 2 year course.

  • HL level submit 13-25 screens, SL 9-18. At HL in at least 3 art making forms at SL in 2

N.B. Art making forms are: Two Dimensional such as drawing, painting printmaking; Three Dimensional such as sculpture, designed objects (architecture, fashion etc.) site specific such as installation and mural. Lens /electronic and screen based forms such as: animation, photography, and video.

Part 3: Exhibition 40%

Internally Assessed by subject teachers and moderated by the IBDP at the end of the course.

Students submit a selection of their resolved artworks. The selection would show evidence of their technical accomplishment and an understanding of the use of materials, ideas and practices appropriate to visual communication.

  • Students submit a curatorial rationale: HL 700 words, SL 400 words
  • HL submit 8-11 artworks, SL 4-7
  • Students submit exhibition text stating: title, size, medium and intention, for each work

Throughout the course students are expected to keep a journal to document their ideas. The journal is not directly assessed but is regarded as a fundamental activity of the course.

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