Candidate Statement (300 words)

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Candidate Statement 

Reflecting on your journey - this is not the 1000 Word essay

Start this now and keep refining it as you go. There is not much time for redrafting so do your best work as you go.
Remember there are 2 written pieces for the External Assessment - this one the Candidate Statement and the 1000 word statement. You can see by the check list the Candidate Statement deals with a concise over view of your journey in 2 years of studying Visual Art. The 1000 word statement allows you to go into more detail on your work itself - even focusing on specific pieces, maybe and important piece or a piece you had to over come problems to get it where you were happy.
The Candidate Statement can only be 300 words - you will find that you will struggle to keep under this limit. Use the list below as a guide.
Use the questions below to ensure you have addressed all the relevant issues in your Candidate Statement
  •  Have I addressed the intent behind my work?
  •  Have I talked about what are my works about?
  •  Have I correctly referred to the sources I used to inspire my work? Artist and artwork spellings?
  •  Have I mentioned personal experiences that have influenced my work?
  •  Do I refer to the: media/technique/processes have I used correctly (ensuring they are the correct terms)?
  •  Have I stated what I have learnt?
  •  Have I stated what I have been challenged by?
  •  Have I stated what I could do in the future to improve and move forward with my work?
    Below are Key Terms taken directly from the IB Assessment Criteria. Your Candidate Statement MUST speak to these in some capacity. Use the below list to check you have addressed;
  •  Concept
  •  Context (the circumstances that form the setting for your work, your idea/s. How might they be fully
  •  Skills
  •  Influences (artists/designers/art & design movements/cultural)
  •  Achievements
  •  Focus (the centre of interest to your work)
  •  Media
  •  Techniques
  •  Purpose
  •  What are you trying to achieve in your work?
  •  What strengths do you see in your work?
  •  What problems have you faced?
  •  How have you attempted to overcome perceived weaknesses?
  •  Who/what has influenced you and why?
  •  How have you researched your work?
  •  How have you experimented with media and techniques? 

The 1000 Word Essay

This is not the same as the 300 word Candidate Statement - the Candidate Statement is about your journey in Art - the 1000 work essay is focused on your artwork you made.

Link to an official clip of a student discussing their work - the 1000 essay is in place of this process and gives you an idea of how the essay should be directed.

Through out the essay you should mention any cultural observations or curiosities or even make the statement that your opinions are from a particular cultural perspective.

Conversations you have had with your teacher, artists or other art students (but do over do the art student conversations)
You should mention some best pages and highlight specific work – make sure you identify the pages and work clearly by file name.
The rest is a supportive framework that you could follow – but do not make it obvious.
Highlight how and where reflection on your work lead you to break through in your work.
1/ a bit about you and your connection to art. Very Brief – your 300 words is for this.
2/ discuss what ideas motivated you and where you got them from. Was it something you:
came across in a gallery visit
found through a technique
learned about something that lead to other things
How did your ideas develop and from simple to sophisticated?
How did you think about the appearance of your ideas and not just make posters of your ideas?
3/ Discuss you experimental pages – these are linked to media and techniques (in a pencil drawing pencils and paper are the media – shading is a technique)
What were you looking for and how did this experimentation assist you?
Experimenting in a messy was is often valued – dripping, runny paint, impasto, collage, shellac, layering etc
4/ What artists influenced you?
How and where were you introduced to their ideas?
Why do you like them? Media, technique, impact of their work, the ideas and messages they cover, who they are personally?

Show you are a fan – but do not write a bio about them

5/ Discuss your processes – how did you make your art? Using primary sources, the internet, combined images, changed scale, took things out of place, put more than one style together.
Do not over emphasize using projectors to trace from – there is nothing wrong using them but the examiner will be concerned if you are so impressed with this a your best process. In fact if you want to mention it you should say it was only a tool that saved you time.

Checklist for your pages

Check list for book pages

Connecting meaning and the style of your art work

Meaning and form (style) of artwork are not connected. You can express any meaning with any style.

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Book Criteria and Pages

1/ Introduction pages to new ideas and directions

2/ idea development pages where you are investigating an idea looking for how it can be developed. Use little drawings of your own - you will get higher marks from the examiner. This can include trying different colours, materials, techniques, using collage to build an idea

3/ Experimental pages where you have experimented with different techniques (wet brush, dry brush, impasto, thin to thick, using a brush, a rag, some card used as a pallet knife for e.g.)

4/ Artist pages where you have investigated an artist you have discovered. Include information about their artistic ideas, their techniques, analyse some of their work. Look for cultural interesting cultural points, the mood of their work use the formal elements and principles - select the most relevant ones show off your understanding.

5/ Process pages where you have recorded your processes in making your work (from life, experimental process etc are always better). What has been frustrating, what questions are you facing, what is exciting you?

6/ Reflection pages where you glue a picture of you work in your book and honestly appraise it using your original intentions and the formal elements and principles of art and design.

IMPORTANT: each page need to have reflections from you that explains the contents of the page in an personal, interesting, honest, were it the reader can feel your love, frustration, elation etc of what you are currently doing.

ALL high performing students have little diagrams, sketches, plans, drawings on every page.

Some pages will have a combination of the above - however, a good proportions should have the single foci as outlined above but still have some cross over.

Download this helpful guide here to doing it perfectly!

These descriptors are from the top band
"Types" of pages you need to be making naturally as you go. Look at the examples provided for the "look" you need to get.
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The image below is of the HLA workbook descriptors.  

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These are for Standard level.  For simplicity follow the ones above - it can only help your final assessment, the content of the course does not change the assessment is easier basically.

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(click on the images)

Cultural connection page

Investigative strategies into visual qualities page

Techniques and processes