Thursday, June 4, 2009

Incoming Grade 9 Summer Assignmet

Dear incoming group 9 art students, please click on this link to see your summer assignment, 12 Variations.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


The assessment objectives for IGCSE Art and Design Course are grouped as follows:


(Do you understand the subject/technique, but more importantly, can you use it skilfully?)

  1. Recognize and create form (shape, figure, outline, image etc.) and structure. (Organize and plan these forms in a composition or in a design)

  2. Appreciate space and spatial relationships in 2 and 3 dimension.

  3. Use chosen media skilfully, showing clarity of intention and be able to explore surface qualities. (In order to achieve the highest quality surface for your artwork, you must chose the media most suitable for your work and you must have a very clear idea of how to use this media)

  4. Handle tone and color in a controlled intentional manner. (you must understand tone and/color very well and apply the tonal/color theories skilfully)


(Your personal touch and creativity)

  1. Express ideas visually.

  2. Respond in an individual and personal way.

  3. Demonstrate quality of ideas as seen by interpretation rather than literal description of a theme.

(You must look beyond the obvious. For example, a car is not just a physical object, it is also a source of freedom and independence, a tree is not just an object found in nature, it is also source of life and shelter)

  1. Make aesthetic judgments. (Artistic decisions/choices you make based on what you believe makes art beautiful or valuable.)


(Individual commitment and improvement as an artist)

  1. Impress with personal vision and commitment, make purposeful movement towards maturity. (You should show a desire to express your own personal ideas/beliefs in art and show a

commitment to spend the time necessary to achieve the best results)

  1. Research appropriate resources.

  2. Assess a design problem (the assigned art topic) and arrive at an appropriate solution.

  3. Show the development of ideas in series of rough layouts or experiments which lead to a final solution.

GRADE 10 Student List

Aslı Demirhanoglu
Melisa Gulseren
Sis Brooke Gurdal
Ece Selena Gurdal
Sasha Krugman
Isınsu Kutlu
Bilkay Begum Peker
Yasemin Ulusoy
Deniz Yazicioglu
Nilufer Yuce
Julai Syrzistie
Maria Wilczek
Lihlie Yenena


Dear Grade 10 Visual Arts students,

The following is your summer assignment for next year:

A global publishing house is publishing a new cook book titled “FUNKY WORLD FOOD”.

The book is aimed at educating teenagers around the world about different global cuisine, the ingredients used and most importantly how to cook it!

The book has 100 different recopies from around the world and the company intend it to be the main text book for next years new cooking “How to Cook and Look Cool” course.

In your Development Workbook:

A) Complete at least 5 pages of organized research. This must document visual research (both drawings and collages), written explanations of your aesthetic decisions and critical reflections on your research.

B) 3 separate compositional sketches (either colored and-or pencil). Each sketch must cover a full A 4 page which is the size of your Development Workbook and each idea must include written information outlining why and how you made your compositional decisions.

For Your Studio Work:

On an A 3 size paper you will design the front cover of the cook book including the title, the writer’s name (your name of course), an illustration that highlights the international cuisine and a catch phrase of your own choosing.

The overall layout appearance of the cover should appeal to an international teenage audience and highlight the diversity of international cuisine as well as the enjoyment that can be gained from cooking.



This is a working journal of your life as an artist over the next nineteen months!

What is the size of an ideal Investigation Workbook?

Ideally you will need to get an A4 hardbound sketchbook with reasonably thick plain paper of about 120-gr to 150 gr. There will be approximately 150-200 pages in it. You will probably use 3 of these sketchbooks during the IB Visual Arts course.

How do I start?

Put your name and address (and-or school address) inside the front cover.

Also your home numbers and your cell numbers which are essential to reach you in case your workbook is lost.

Leave the first couple of pages blank, these can be used as a table of contents later. Number the rest of the pages in the bottom right-hand corner.

What do I put in it?

Who am I? What am I interested in?

To find some of the answers make a mind map starting from page 2, the first double spread that is numbered.

This will give you clues to two possible areas of research.

You will gain some idea of the subject matter you are personally interested in. These can be related to your personal heritage or community, or the way artists respond to their culture or the way art is used by a culture.

Select the one theme you found most interesting and explained why.

Write down your ideas, it does not matter how wild the ideas are, nor that you might have no idea how to make them real or where to start your research. The important thing is that you now have something to work on.

Good Working Practices

When you finish working in your IWB for the day, always put the date, including the year.

When you sketch an idea, or when you are out drawing in a café or park etc. always sign or write your initials on your sketch and date it.

When drawing from observation always write down where the subject is and why you are drawing it. A photograph of the subject can be very useful at a later stage if you are going to develop a sketch into a painting or sculpture. Always try to carry your camera with you.

If you are using pencil, colored pencil or soft paste to draw, always use a fixative or use a “firm hold” hair spray. Watercolors or acrylic paints do not need fixing.

If you are using oil pastels, glue a sheet of tracing paper or typing paper along the bound of the edge of the page to cover it in order to protect your artwork and the facing paper.

When you write in your IWB use black pen and write clearly. This is because we will need to be able to read it and we have to photocopy the pages to send to the IB Visual Arts examiner and moderator.

When visiting exhibitions and art galleries collect postcards and brochures and stick them in. This goes for field trips and any holiday travel as well.

If you are using the internet or a book to find information ALWAYS give the full reference. This is an IBO requirement. The format for this is the full web address and the date you accessed it, and for the book the writer, title, publisher, edition date and page numbers. For periodicals the name of the magazine, issue number, date, page number, the writer and the title of the article. The same goes for television programs and films. Sources of information must always be acknowledged.

Each page in your IWB must be numbered. This makes it easy to refer back to an idea or thought. Ideas will keep recurring and also developing. Sometimes such development can be stimulated by studio work or by something you have been researching.

On page 74 you might sketch an idea and remember you did something similar before and write:

“The idea-sketch on page 52 has possibilities for a painting, etc.

Also remember to cross-reference on pages 74 and 54.

Never cut or tear pages out from your IWB. The IWB has to show mistakes, good work and most importantly your development as an artist over a period of time.

Make comments on your feelings, how your work is progressing, what successes you have and also on any research and technical problems you might have encountered and how you have overcome them.

Make comments on attitudes about life, social, cultural and political concerns. These can be related to artwork you are researching and/or to artwork you are producing. Throughout your research you will find that artists often make such comments.

Have FUN!

Grade 11 Visual Arts Student List

Beril Akman HL
Ece Arıkan HL
Mehmet Ali Aydın HL
Emre Tiritoğlu HL

Pırıl Akay SL
İpek Karaoğlu SL


Dear Grade 11 IB Visual Arts students, welcome to the Grade 11 IB Visual Arts Course!

The following is your summer assignment for next year:

During this summer break you will be working on a research project in your Investigation Workbook.

The title of your research will be: Create an Exhibition

Select between 12 and 20 works of art that you feel best express your ideas/feelings towards the era of art that you most identify with.

This exhibition will be a personal choice of art. Select the works with care (do not forget 3D work as well as ‘avant-garde’ which may include performance art).

The exhibition is to be presented in your Investigation Workbook and be fully documented. It is important to present your work carefully- including illustrations- these should not be too large (reduced photocopies if necessary) so that you can compare and contrast images that differ in style or content.

Some things to think about:

Is your exhibition about people?

Social commentary?


Expressionism or minimalism?

Conceptual issues?

Be daring, but be informed and critical. Always use the appropriate vocabulary.

Write an introductory paragraph or two that describes the purpose of the exhibition.

Answer such questions as: Why was it that you selected the works that you did? How might critics view your choice of works? Above all, be creative.

You will need to provide a brief description of each work and why it was selected or is important- you do not necessarily have to like all the work you select- it is important to remember the coherence of the selected images as a group. Be prepared to justify your choices.

Remember: Be imaginative and innovative in your choices and be thoughtful in your critical commentary.

Click this link to download your IB assessment worksheets.