IB Visual Arts HL-11

For this two-year course, it would be beneficial to have previously taken a studio art course. It is strongly recommended for students going on to study art in college. The course has three assessment tasks: The Comparative Study, the Process Portfolio and the Exhibition. The first year of the higher course and the one year standard level course will be spent working on the Comparative Study (20% of grade) and the Process Portfolio (40% of grade). For the Comparative Study, students analyze and compare different artworks by different artists. This independent critical and contextual investigation explores artworks, objects and artifacts from differing cultural contexts over 10-15 slides of a Google presentation. Students will also create a work of art inspired by this study. For the Process Portfolio, students will submit carefully selected materials, which evidence their experimentation, exploration, manipulation and refinement of a variety of visual arts activities during the two-year course. Students will create a 15-25 page Google presentation that shows evidence of experimentation in three different art forms. Students will also create studio work of their own design independently during this year. The second year will be spent preparing for the Exhibition (40% of grade). Students will create and 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. Students are required to exhibit 8–11 pieces with exhibition text for each. A curatorial rationale (700 words maximum) is also required for the exhibit. While not required, it is highly recommended that students taking IB Visual Arts have previous studio arts class experience at the high school level. Please be advised there is an external assessment fee for this course.


Strongly recommended to have taken an art course at the high school level.