IB Visual Art

Welcome to IB Visual Arts! The IB Visual Arts curriculum is designed to empower students to be artists and to learn behaviors that encourage artistic growth.

To be successful in the IB program, you will need to embrace the IB learner profile. IB learners strive to be: inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. All of these characteristics can be applied to visual arts and will help you to accomplish your goals in the program.

There are three components to the IB Visual Art Program:

Part I: Comparative Study 

This is the critical and contextual investigation which
explores and compares at least 3 artworks from 2 different artists and cultural contexts.

  • Analysis of formal qualities: Line, shape, color, etc.
  • Interpretation of function and purpose
  • Evaluation for cultural significance
  • Making comparisons and connections
  • Presentation and subject specific language
  • Submit a list of sources used, MLA format

SL : 10-15 Screens
HL :10-15 screens + 3-5 screens which analyse
the extent to which the student’s work has been influenced by the art and artists examined in their own art making practice.

Part 1 Comparative Study

 Part 2: Process Portfolio

The Process Portfolio is a digital/hands on sketchbook of note taking, loose drawings, screen shots, downloaded photos, DSLR or camera photos. It primarily focuses on the brain storming and documenting process in a beautiful keynote presentation. Mostly in part of the development of both resolved and unresolved works.

  • Skills, techniques, and processes
  • Critical investigation of artworks and artists
  • Properly referencing sources and using MLA format for citation
  • Communication of ideas and intentions: brainstorming and mind mapping
  • Reviewing, refining and reflecting of the art project process
  • Presentation and subject specific language: elements of art & principles of design

The final presentation entails students to carefully submit SL 9-18 screens; HL submit 13-25 screens which documents the media through their experimentation, exploration, manipulation and refinement of a variety of art-making activities. Students should demonstrate and show they have worked on at least least two art-making forms (SL) or all three art-making forms (HL).

Art making forms


3D forms

Lens-based, electronic and screen-based forms

drawing: such as charcoal, pencil, ink

sculpture: such as ceramics, found objects, wood, assemblage

time-based and sequential art: such as animation, graphic novel, storyboard

painting: such as acrylic, oil, watercolor

Designed objects: such as fashion, architectural, vessels

lens media: such as still, moving, montage

printmaking: such as relief, intaglio, monoprints

site specific/ephemeral:such as land art, installation

digital/screen based: such as vector graphics, software generated

graphics: such as illustration and design

textiles: such as fibre, weaving, printed fabric

Part 2 Process Portfolio

Part 3: The Exhibition

The Exhibition is the final exam where the IBVA students showcase a coherent collection of works which fulfill stated artistic intentions and communicate clear thematic or stylistic relationships across individual pieces. Students select and present their best 8 artworks in the form of a final show, and defend and articulate their purpose and intention in written form through the Curatorial Rationale (SL 400 words HL 700 words).

Choose the strongest, most resolved artworks which show these qualities: technical competence appropriate use of materials, techniques, processes work which communicates the stated intentions cohesiveness, unity among the works consideration for the overall experience of the viewer (through exhibition, display or presentation) each art piece must display exhibition text (500 characters max per artwork) SL 4-7 final art works; HL 8-11 final art works, 2 final exhibition photographs must be submitted

Part 3 Exhibition

How Students are Assessed:

Students will be assessed formatively during art classes as well as summatively at the conclusion of each art project to measure knowledge, understanding, skill progress and developing creative and critical thinking.  Students will be required to participate in classroom critiques, reflections and self and/or peer assessments.

NOTE: At the conclusion of the course, all 3 components will be digitally submitted to the IB. All 3 components will be externally evaluated.

Reporting Standards and ESLRS

In Art, students will evaluated on 3 key reporting standards for learning (based directly on IB Visual Art Course Requirements) and SIS’s ESLR’s for behaviour and aptitude.

Virtual Learning Environment: Microsoft 360 – OneNote (stay tuned for Parent’s Connection)