IB Studio Arts
Studio Arts. Teaching Arts based research
With teacher guidance at each step, students first learn about how learning works by studying constructivism and discussing the roles of the teacher, peers and themselves in the learning process.
To build this learning team, we do trust building activities to create a sense of emotional safety needed in the studio to facilitate critique and peer learning.
Students explore what they are curious about, to find the topic or question they will investigate for the first research cycle.
Students learn a process for creative research, using their own question or topic as the focus for each stage. This process (see chart below) is called Stages of Research-based Artmaking" and has distinct stages, and each stage is documented in the students research art book. The names of these stages form a common vocabulary so students can understand each other's work and give feedback at each stage. (Note: Students may personalize their creative process only once they have learned all the stages.)
Students develope skills to document each page—decide what types of information needs to be included at each stage, how to organize that on a page, and how to represent it all in their Research Artbook.
Students are introduced to the idea of critique as a gift we give to other artists, explore critique styles by watching videos of artists & teachers critiquing and learn the term "Warm Demander" to understand their role in helping peers improve.
Students create artwork, focusing on frequent critique, revision and resolution of a few related artworks, rather than quick production of a breadth of unrelated works.
Student Sketchbooks Throughout the year students work on a investigative sketchbook that combines creative analysis of key ideas for their year long research into self generated topics.