IB (Higher Level, Standard Level Options A and B)
Instructor: Stacy Giandalia
This two-year course is designed for Cedar School students who desire extensive
involvement in studio work, art history, art criticism and aesthetics. The course will allow
students to experience the visual arts, which integrates both theory and practice. There
will be opportunities for all students to work, experiment and challenge themselves in
various expressive media as well as discover and focus on the forms, themes, and
concepts of interest of each individual student. Students will be continuously encouraged
to research international art styles/movements and artists, bring and synthesize their own
varying cultures into their investigations and final pieces as well. The exploration and
critical analysis of visual qualities, ideas, themes and issues, both in written and visual
forms, will be presented in their investigation workbooks. Students will be integrating
and presenting their findings, understanding, and communication of ideas into their final
The first year course is based on in-depth art media examination and later on the
study of art related concepts, art history, criticism and various themes in greater depth.
Students will be given the chance to explore and examine the roles of various art media to
reflect themes of personal and cultural significance. The course is project based and both
Investigation Workbook and Studio Work will be assessed internally in every project
according to the criteria designed by IB. The minimum requirement is 8 projects per
school year, however, the general requirement is a project per month based on their
investigation therefore 9-10 projects per year plus 1-2 in class projects/studies per month
according to the teacher. To have a stronger collection of work, students are assigned a
summer project as well.
The second year course focuses on the students’ own independent study of their
chosen theme, focus and art concepts in greater depth through both theoretical and
practical work in written and visually in the Investigation Workbooks and Studio Work.
These two components in every project will again be assessed internally during the
school year as the art exam may take place as early as from February.
The final stages of the second year will be the candidate record booklet preparation and
the organization and set up of the exhibition/exam, which will be assessed externally for
option B students the examiner will assess workbooks externally and the teacher will
assess the artwork internally.
-Investigate past, present and emerging forms of visual arts and engage in producing,
appreciating and evaluating these.
- Develop an understanding of visual arts from a local, national and international
-Build Confidence in responding visually and creatively to personal and cultural
-Develop skills in, and sensitivity to, the creation of works that reflect active and
-Take responsibility for the direction of their learning through the acquisition of effective
Objectives: (Having followed the visual arts course at HL or SL, students will be
expected to: )
1. Respond to and analyze critically and contextually the function, meaning and
artistic qualities of past, present and emerging art, using the specialist vocabulary
of visual arts.
2. Develop and present independent ideas and practice, and explain the connections
between these and the work of others.
3. Explore and develop ideas and techniques for studio work through integrated
contextual study and first-hand observations.
4. Develop and maintain a close relationship between investigation and a purposeful,
creative process in studio work.
5. Produce personally relevant works of art that reveal evidence of exploration of
ideas that reflect cultural and historical awareness.
6. Develop and demonstrate technical competence and artistic qualities that
challenge and extend personal boundaries (option A) and technical competence
and self-direction (option B).
Explanation of the Assessment Criteria
Imaginative Expression (creativity)
Purposeful Exploration (analysis and synthesis of investigation)
Meaning and Function (synthesis of conceptual content, formal knowledge and
Formal Qualities (elements and principles of design, ability to solve formal and
Technical and Media Skills (technical competence, appropriate use of media in
relationship to intended expressive purposes of art work)
Independent Research (workbook successfully demonstrates an independent
exploratory and integrated approach to research, expressed both visually and in
Critical Research (methodical, critical examination of the meaning and
significance of both visual and functional qualities of art including critical
analysis of relevant aesthetic issues)
Contextual Research (thorough and consistent research into the sociocultural and
historical contexts of more than one culture, including at least one non-western
Visual Research (comprehensive exploration of the range of visual qualitites and
the representation of ideas related to themes demonstrated through various types
of original and recycled images, media experiments and technical practice.
Visual exploration exhibits both divergent and convergent strategies in the study
of expressive forms.)
Integration (studio work exhibits a natural, close and consistent relationship
between research, both visual and written, and artistic production reflecting
analysis, synthesis and exploration. Student exhibits an ability to integrate all
aspects of the course and unify a mature body of work)
Opportunities for practice in the use of various media and the acquisition of studio
An introduction to basic art concepts
Ways of extending research into practical work
An introduction to the practice of arts criticism and analysis
Relating art to its sociocultural and historical contexts
Work in the Studio may combine several techniques and any medium may be
used. Artistic understanding and expression may be taught through various
techniques from painting, drawing, experimental mixed media, photography,
sculpture or ceramics. Students may demonstrate mastery in various ways,
provided their course of study includes an understanding and knowledge of art
concepts and techniques. Students are expected to pursue projects in a variety of
media, develop original ideas, discover creative solutions and acquire technical
Late Work: Points will be deducted for late each day. Studio piece MUST have
corresponding IWB research and planning (*visual and/or written) to support the studio
in order to receive full credit)
Depending on the students’ individual interests and artistic strengths, there will be
options and levels SL, A HL A and SL, HL B offered. Option A will be for students who
wish to concentrate mainly on studio practice. Option B will be for students who wish to
concentrate mainly on contextual, visual and critical investigation. The two main
components of DP Visual art- Investigation Workbooks and Studio Work- will be
assessed regardless of the option or level the student chose.
For IB Higher Level Option A and IB Standard Level Option A:
o IWB= 40%
o Studio Projects= 60%
For IB Higher Level Option B and IB Standard Level Option B:
o IWB= 60%
o Studio Projects= 40%
IWBS: are turned in once every two weeks unless otherwise noted in class or on the
board. Students will be given separate grades for individual assigned projects. Students
will be given a weekly participation/accomplishment grade (on top of the 60% for Studio
and the 40% for IWBs). Tardiness will result in a deduction of points. The criteria for the
daily grade are: being on task and productive, being on time/actually present and cleaning
up after yourself.
Effort will count more heavily in the first nine weeks to encourage the student to
experiment and make constructive mistakes.
Students may expect 5-7 hours of work each week outside of class. In order to be
successful in this class, students will have to be SELF-MOTIVATED and WORK
INDEPENDANTLY as well as in class. Traveling, going to gallery/museum exhibits, art
shows and other outside experiences are recommended!
In your first year, you will be expected to develop a familiarity and fluency with these
criteria. In addition, you will be required to develop a series of studio works based upon
a theme of your choice. DP suggests exploring themes of a personal significance
considering also cultural, historical and social contexts, in order to help to understand
ourselves, patterns of our behavior and our relationship to each other and wider
environment. Keep in mind also the IB Learner Profile while making your theme choice.
The teacher’s main job will be to introduce you to all the IB DP art course requirements,
help guide you in the investigation, researches, development of your ideas and help
introduce you to media and techniques that might enhance your ideas.
School will provide you with the workbooks and most of the art supplies. However,
depending on your ambitions and uniqueness of materials/tools needed, you will also
have to contribute to your needs. You are required to work also at home, especially if you
are a HL student. So the basic art supplies like pen, pencils, markers etc. are essential to
have at home.
You will be expected to complete at least one major, strong finished studio work per
month. These must be related to the theme you’ve begun to develop and all relevant
investigation must accompany the creation in the workbook. In your workbooks you are
expected to produce a minimum of 4-5 pages per week (both in class and at home)
which will include brainstorming, planning, ideas, sketching, experiments, relevant
investigations and researches, comments and thoughts, process documentation, final
artwork image and reflection/evaluation.
You will present every completed project to the DP class audience, and if asked, also to
the Secondary Assembly audience. The teacher will ask for all completed workbooks
weekly and all completed projects monthly.
You are responsible for becoming familiar with the IB DP art course requirements,
assessment criteria, plagiarism issues, completion of the work required and keeping up
with the deadlines assigned. It is in your hands to be a successful IB DP art student and
experience a wonderful learning experience over these 2 years.
The 60/40 “Truth”
Breaking it down….
Each STUDIO piece must have:
_____ 1.) An Intentional Purpose, Theme or Concept
_____ 2.) A Visual Plan/Using Composition effectively- at least 3 rough drafts or
sketches relating to the Composition
_____ 3.) Draw from life (if you can not see it or touch it, don’t draw it)
How do YOU interpret what you see?
Go on location, change your location, be the location
______4.) A definite Light Source and Point of View (POV)- Time of Day.
Attention to Negative Space, Overlapping and Foreground, Middle
Ground, Background (FMB)- Depth of Field
______5.) Personal interpretation (style)/Imagination
______6.) Craftsmanship, Technique and Media usage
Investigation Work Book must have:
______1.) Looking at Cultural, Historical, Artistic or Other references, making
conscious connections to support or inspire your studio ideas
______2.) Being Observant and making conscious connections from everyday life
(e.g. shadows on a wall, a squished bug, a wilted flower) to support or inspire your studio
______3.) Have BOTH Visual and Written documentation of your research (cite
your sources for both, number your pages and date once a week)
______4.) Include Personal Reflections and Critique (both of your work and work
of other artists)
______5.)Include visual examples (digital, copy/Xerox or cut out) to support your
Reflection or Critique (use specific, appropriate vocabulary- Elements and Principles of