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.

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Student Research Sketchbook

Student Research Sketchbook

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.