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IB Visual Arts Print and Online Course Book Pack: Oxford IB Diploma Programme

Developed directly with the IB

Author Jayson Paterson, Author Simon Poppy, and Author Andrew Vaughan

Suitable for:  IB Diploma Visual Arts students, aged 16-18

Price:  £38.99 +VAT

ISBN: 978-0-19-837794-8
Publication date: 27/04/2017
Pack: 160 pages

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Strengthen potential in IB Visual Arts. Matched to the updated IB Visual Arts Guide, this Course Book breaks down and clarifies all the assessment components of the course. Guiding learners through each assessment task, a range of artwork examples contextualize the exam criteria, reinforcing comprehension and confidence.


  • Build assessment potential enable learners to fully understand and engage with all the assessment tasks.
  • Develop exam strategies equip students with tested means to develop ideas and evaluate their work.
  • Drive reflective learning built-in TOK links, questions and discussion points help you fully adopt the IB approach to learning.
  • Fully matched to the most recent IB Visual Guide for first examination 2017.
  • This pack includes one print Course Book and one online Course Book.
  • The online Course Book will be available on Oxford Education Bookshelf until 2022. Access is facilitated via a unique code, which is sent in the mail. The code must be linked to an email address, creating a user account. Access may be transferred once to a new user, once the initial user no longer requires access. You will need to contact your local Educational Consultant to arrange this

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  • "IB Visual Arts Course Book is a well written comprehensive text that gives the reader clarity on IB DP Visual Arts assessments. It has a range of relevant examples that can help the teachers in giving their students a fruitful learning experience. The structure of the book is easy for the students to follow. The book has engaging TOK links and discusses a multiplicity of different perspectives which makes it an interesting read not only for the IB community but also for any art lover. This book is a great course companion and is surely a one stop book for one and all." - Meenakshi Joshi, MYP Coordinator and HoD Visual Arts, The Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad
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Table of Contents

1: The visual arts journal
What is the visual arts journal?
Making the visual arts journal a habit
Using your visual arts journal as a learning tool
Linking with the assessed components
2: Formal elements of art
What are the formal elements of art?
Space and depth
Time and motion
Materials, process and technique
3: The comparative study
What is the comparative study?
Making choices
What do we mean by culture?
How to research
Assessment criteria for the comparative study

Visiting museums, exhibitions and galleries
How to interpret function and purpose
What do we mean by context and audience?
How to make comparisons
How to present your comparative study
How to make connections to your own art
4: The process portfolio
What is the process portfolio?
What are the requirements of the process portfolio?
Assessment criteria for the process portfolio
Assembling your process portfolio
5: The exhibition
What is the exhibition?
Starting points
Developing ideas and intentions
Developing skills and considering art-making forms
Themes, ideas and concepts
Sensitive issues/provocative art
Academic honesty and the artworks you present
The impact of your school, your culture, and your teacher
Assessment criteria for the exhibition
Selecting the artworks for your exhibition
The exhibition