IBO Mission Statement:

The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. Click here to access the IB website.

About the course:

This course encourages exploration of visual arts within the students’ own and other cultural contexts. The study of visual arts and the journey within it encourages respect for cultural and aesthetic differences and promotes creative thinking and problem solving.

The impulse to make art is common to all people. From earliest times, human beings have displayed a need to create and communicate personal and cultural meaning through art. The process involved in the study and production of visual arts is central to developing capable, inquiring and knowledgeable young people, and encourages students to locate their ideas within international contexts.

Visual arts continually create new possibilities and can challenge traditional boundaries. This is evident both in the way we make art and in the way we understand what artists from around the world do. Engagement in the arts promotes a sense of identity and makes a unique contribution to the lifelong learning of each student. Study of visual arts provides students with the opportunity to develop a critical and intensely personal view of themselves in relation to the world.

For this first year, the visual arts course is offering Standard Level program for students. Students working within SL may choose from two course options, based on their strengths and interests; if you prefer studio work over investigation in a sketchbook (IWB), A would fit you better; if you prefer research over artmaking, choose B. The goal of this class is to create a final portfolio, which will consist of a specific quantity of work (numbers based on option A or B) that will be submitted for examination.

At the end of the course, students will exhibit their work in an exhibition for the public to display the year’s work. Students will complete an interview (given by Ms. Ingui) and will write an artists’ statement explaining their ideas, work, and final products.


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