SL: This course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media. The course is designed for students who want to go on to study visual arts in higher education as well as for those who are seeking lifelong enrichment through visual arts.
HL: In addition to the IB Visual Arts SL content, IB Visual Arts HL 2 includes assessment requirements that allow for breadth and greater depth in the teaching and learning. Students will reflect on how their own work has been influenced by exposure to other artists. They are given the opportunity to experiment in greater depth with additional art-making media, techniques and forms. HL students are encouraged to produce a larger body of resolved works and to demonstrate a deeper consideration of how their resolved works communicate with a potential viewer.
The aims of the arts subjects are to enable students to:
1. enjoy lifelong engagement with the arts
2. become informed, reflective, and critical practitioners in the arts
3. understand the dynamic and hanging nature of the arts
4. explore and value the diversity of the arts across time, place, and cultures
5. express ideas with confidence and competence
6. develop perceptual and analytical skills