Ib Art Assignments

Week #14

  • Practice any needed skills
  • Studio Work #4 DUE: 1/27/17

Week #13

  • Explain/Plan your idea(s) for Studio Work #4
  • Why is this person important to you? Be thorough and elaborate on how they have impacted your life.
  • How are you going to use the selected person as inspiration?
  • What do you want your audience to get out of your artwork?
  • What are you going to create and how?
  • Draw possible compositions for Studio Work #4
  • Begin practicing needed techniques based on your chosen composition.
  • Practice what you are going to paint/draw/photograph by creating a full composition of what you think the finished product will look like.
  • Explain your final composition.


Find an artist/person that deals with your theme. It may be an artist/person that you have already researched.
Research them and find as much information about who they are and why they are important to you and our society.
  • This NEEDS to be an artist/person that you can find information on regarding their work, whether it be from art reviews, personal websites, wikipedia, etc. 
  • Research with a purpose!
Write notes about what you find interesting regarding them. 
  • What qualities draw you to them and their work (colors, style, mood, passion etc.) and how can this artist/person relate to your art?
  • Be specific and make connections to the artist, yourself, and your surroundings.
Choose a specific quality about the artist/person that resonates with you due to it's subject matter, style, elements of art, etc.
Write notes about how you can make an artwork in response to the person you have chosen. It can be a reaction, inspiration, or homage to the artist/person.
Studio Work #4 DUE: 1/27/17

Week #10 & #11

  • Continue working and documenting your progress for Studio Work #2
  • Submit a progress picture via CANVAS by Saturday Nov. 12th
  • Studio Work #2 will be DUE Thursday, Nov. 17th
  • Write Reflection:
    • Now that you are done with your 2nd Studio Work, reflect on how you think it went.
    • Were you successful in achieving what you had planned and researched for your 2nd Studio Work?
    • Did your 2nd Studio Work bring up new questions/ideas for you to explore?
    • What could you have done better? (research, practice techniques, managed your time, etc.)
    • Did you have to overcome some obstacles? If so, how and did it change your idea?
    • Where do you see your theme/next idea going? 

Week #9

  • Draw your final composition in you haven't already and actually shade or paint it before it goes on to the bigger paper or canvas. If you are creating a sculpture or using photography you still need to draw it out.
  • Begin #2 Studio Work!!! NO SMALLER THAN 11 X 17 (digital 8x10)
  • Submit a progress picture via CANVAS by Saturday Nov. 12th

Week #8

  • Continue practicing skills. 
  • Practice drawing or painting at least 2 possible objects that you are planning on putting in your composition, it is okay if they don't end up in your final composition. This is to make sure you are practicing and exploring enough. See the example below
  • If you are doing photography then you need to practice on getting different angles, zooming in/out, cropping, lighting, etc. 
  • Don't just take 2-5 pictures but closer to at least 20-40. See Below.
  • Draw your final composition in your Journal and actually shade or paint it before it goes onto the bigger paper or canvas. If you are creating a sculpture or using photography you still need to draw it out.

Week #7

  • Explain your possible idea(s) for your 2nd Studio Work.
    • What will you try to accomplish with it? (Does it relate to yourself, surroundings, culture, history, etc.)
    • Make strong connections to your theme and yourself.
  • Begin planning 2nd Studio Work by drawing compositions 
    • write notes about the placement of your objects in the compositions
    • write notes about possible color schemes
    • write notes about meaning of objects
  • What materials will be used to complete the project?
  • Begin practicing needed techniques based on your chosen composition. 
  • ACTUALLY practice what you are going to paint or draw by using the chosen medium.
  • Practice makes perfect!

Week #6

  • Continue to explore your theme and style by asking yourself questions (be in depth): 
    • Why are you drawn to the theme ("it's beautiful" or "I love it" is very superficial) 
    • What are you going to gain from exploring the theme? 
    • How do the artists you research connect to your theme?
    • There are more questions to ask yourself, the above questions are just the beginning.
  • It is okay if you change your theme or style just remember to explain yourself. 
  • Make your theme YOUR interest and not someone else’s. 
  • Continue to explore artists that revolve around your theme and research their ideas and artwork. You may use the same artists from Studio Work #1, but explore something new about their work. 
  • Research your 2nd idea (be thorough) by finding out more about the subject matter (meanings, cultural context, history, etc.)

Week #5

  • If suggestions were made after the Progress Picture and you did something about it, write down your thoughts regarding the suggestions.
  • Document last progress days of 1st Studio Work
  • Write Reflection:
    • Now that you are done with your 1st Studio Work, reflect on how you think it went.
    • Were you successful in achieving what you had planned and researched for your 1st Studio Work?
    • What could you have done better? (research, practice techniques, managed your time, etc.)
    • What will you do differently in your next studio work besides procrastinate?
  • Studio Work and Journal DUE: FRIDAY 10/8/16

Week #4

  • Progress Picture DUE: Saturday 10/1/16, submit it through Canvas.
  • Continue 1st Studio Work (DUE: 10/7/15
  • Continue to document progress of 1st studio work 
  • Write about anything that may be going well or bad in your 1st studio work. Ex: skills, materials, overall idea
  • Take a moment to sit in front of your artwork and evaluate your progress. Is your image coming out the way you had planned or do you need to make adjustments? 
  • Do you need to practice more skills? 
  • Write about current experience, questions, and thought process.

Week #3

  • Write a detailed explanation about your 1st Studio Work and state any specific meanings behind the objects being depicted (It does not have to be groundbreaking, I just want you to verbally explain your idea behind your work). Remember the 5 W's and 1H.
  • Make connections between the ideas behind your 1st Studio Work and the artist(s) you researched
    • Influence, historical, cultural, concept, etc.
  • Use 1 full page to draw out the final composition of 1st studio work 
    • write notes on possible color schemes, materials, objects, etc.
    • Write notes about why you place things in certain locations (think Principles of Design and Elements of Art)
  • Practice any other techniques/skills needed for 1st Studio Work
  • Begin 1st Studio Work! 
  • 1st Studio Work should not be smaller than 11 x 17, unless doing photography or digital media 
  • Begin to document the process of your work 
  • If your ideas change as you are working write it down and explain your thought process 
  • Photograph your project every couple of days and paste the images in your Journal (write notes)
  • Your 1st Studio Work and journal will be DUE: Friday 10/7/15

Week #2:

  • Choose an artist that has the style of art you like (it can be the same artist from your research or a new one).
  • Experiment with the style of art by practicing in your Journal and write notes about the experience.
  • Would you like to use this style in a Studio Work?
  • Begin to write about your 1st Studio Work ideas
    • What is the 1st studio work going to focus on?
    • Materials needed? (paper, canvas, wood panel, paint, pencil, charcoal, etc.)
    • What skills will you need to create the artwork?
    • Draw thumbnail sketches of composition
    • Begin exploring medium and specific techniques needed

Week #1


This assignment is meant to get all of your interests, hobbies, likes, and even dislikes on paper where you can see them and try to break them down. The more you break it down the better. You will be using this to possibly influence your Studio Works.

Explore themes and interests
  • Refer to your Mind Map and select an interest/hobby to research in order to see if there is an artist(s) that is influenced by similar interests/hobbies. 
  • Choose 2 artists to focus on and draw thumbnail sketches or print out small pictures of their artwork. 
  • Write about the artists' work and why you chose them. Try and make connections between their work and your possible studio work ideas.
  • 5 Ws (Who, what, where, why, when) & How
    • Who are they?
    • What type of art do they make and what materials do they use (be in depth)?
    • When: time period (living or deceased artist) and are they associated to an art movement?
    • Where are they from and does their place of origin play a role in their work?
    • Why do they make the type of art, their reasons for making it (be in depth)?
    • How does their work relate to your interests/hobbies and how can you use them as influence?

The visual arts are an integral part of everyday life, permeating all levels of human creativity, expression, communication and understanding.

They range from traditional forms embedded in local and wider communities, societies and cultures, to the varied and divergent practices associated with new, emerging and contemporary forms of visual language. They may have sociopolitical impact as well as ritual, spiritual, decorative and functional value; they can be persuasive and subversive in some instances, enlightening and uplifting in others. We celebrate the visual arts not only in the way we create images and objects, but also in the way we appreciate, enjoy, respect and respond to the practices of art-making by others from around the world. Theories and practices in visual arts are dynamic and ever-changing, and connect many areas of knowledge and human experience through individual and collaborative exploration, creative production and critical interpretation.

The IB Diploma Programme visual arts course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media. The course is designed for students who want to go on to study visual arts in higher education as well as for those who are seeking lifelong enrichment through visual arts.

Supporting the International Baccalaureate mission statement and learner profile, the course encourages students to actively explore the visual arts within and across a variety of local, regional, national, international and intercultural contexts. Through inquiry, investigation, reflection and creative application, visual arts students develop an appreciation for the expressive and aesthetic diversity in the world around them, becoming critically informed makers and consumers of visual culture.

Key features of the curriculum model

To fully prepare students for the demands of the assessment tasks, teachers should ensure that their planning addresses each of the syllabus activities outlined below, the content and focus of which is not prescribed. Students are required to investigate  








Students examine and compare the work of artists from different cultural contexts. Students consider the contexts influencing their own work and the work of others.

Students look at different techniques for making art. Students investigate and compare how and why different techniques have evolved and the processes involved.

Students explore ways of communicating through visual and written means. Students make artistic choices about how to most effectively communicate knowledge and understanding.


Students make art through a process of investigation, thinking critically and experimenting with techniques. Students apply identified techniques to their own developing work.

Students experiment with diverse media and explore techniques for making art. Students develop concepts through processes that are informed by skills, techniques and media.

Students produce a body of artwork through a process of reflection and evaluation, showing a synthesis of skill, media and concept.

Students develop an informed response to work and exhibitions they have seen and experienced. Students begin to formulate personal intentions for creating and displaying their own artworks.

Students evaluate how their ongoing work communicates meaning and purpose. Students consider the nature of “exhibition” and think about the process of selection and the potential impact of their work on different audiences.

Students select and present resolved works for exhibition. Students explain the ways in which the works are connected. Students discuss how artistic judgments impact the overall presentation.

Key features of the assessment model

  • Available at standard (SL) and higher levels (HL)
  • The minimum prescribed number of hours is 150 for SL and 240 for HL
  • Students are assessed both externally and internally
External assessment tasksSLHL

Task 1: Comparative study

  • Students analyse and compare different artworks by different artists. This independent critical and contextual investigation explores artworks, objects and artifacts from differing cultural contexts.
At SL: Compare at least 3 different artworks, by at least 2 different artists, with commentary over 10–15 pages. At HL: As SL plus a reflection on the extent to which their work and practices have been influenced by any of the art/artists examined (3–5 pages).

Task 2: Process portfolio

  • Students submit carefully selected materials which evidence their experimentation, exploration, manipulation and refinement of a variety of visual arts activities during the two-year course.
At SL: 9–18 pages. The submitted work should be in at least two different art-making forms.At HL: 13–25 pages. The submitted work should be in at least three different art-making forms. 


Internal assessment taskSLHL

Task 3: Exhibition

  • Students submit for assessment a selection of resolved artworks from their exhibition. The selected pieces should show evidence of their technical accomplishment during the visual arts course and an understanding of the use of materials, ideas and practices appropriate to visual communication.
At SL: 4–7 pieces with exhibition text for each. A curatorial rationale (400 words maximum).  At HL: 8–11 pieces with exhibition text for each. A curatorial rationale (700 words maximum)


Learn more about visual arts in a DP workshop for teachers. 

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