By Annamaria Castellucci Cabral
The IB Diploma Programme (DP) Visual Arts course is a two year program that develops the student’s analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking. It encourages students to develop their confidence as art makers, as well as challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. 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 further develop their art skills and/or seek lifelong enrichment through visual arts. DP visual art is designed to develop the student into an independent and resourceful thinker.
The Ogden International High School has the benefit of being in a central location of the city which affords us the convenience of taking field trips at least once a year that supplement topics discussed in class such as the Chicago Imagists (Roger Brown Study Center), printmaking (Spudnik Press) or Scientific Illustration (Museum of Surgical Science). These invaluable opportunities not only extend far beyond the reach of the classroom but also give us the benefit of meeting, speaking and on occasion working with Chicago artists. Our visual art students have gone on to enroll in programs through Marwen, After School Matters, Gallery 37, IntuitTeens, Arte Vida and even intern with local artists like Tracee Badway.
The intention of this course is to encourage a love of the visual arts, a respect for the process and further develop a learning that pushes boundaries and ideas. This course, although fun, does entail a series of written comparative, sketchbook documentation, development of a theme and the expectation of developing a solid body of work upon the completion of the course. The course has some high expectations and it does require a good work ethic and strong commitment to completing assignments. The Visual Arts course is weighted just as heavily as all of the other Diploma Program courses and because of this, prepares the student for not only college level courses but a genuine appreciation and understanding of the arts.
The Diploma Programme aims to encourage students to be knowledgeable, inquiring, caring and compassionate, and to develop intercultural understanding, open-mindedness and the attitudes necessary to respect and evaluate a range of viewpoints. The Visual Arts course embodies this being cross curricular and tying into all of the other required course including Theory of Knowledge (TOK), advancing skills and finally, exploring rich cultural surroundings through field trips and/or internships.
This rigorous course that promotes art analysis, questioning and development concludes in a final senior exhibition which is also the class’ final culminating assessment. At Ogden International we celebrate the students’ two years of hard work by promoting the event and inviting the outside community to the exhibit. These students have been fortunate enough to showcase their work in the public exhibiting in venues such as SIP coffeehouse, West Town Public Library and Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art. This course and these students are truly amazing!
By: Sara Ivory
What do you get when you mix IB’s student-centered, inquiry-based curriculum with Ogden’s brand new Drama and Dance classes? You get students asking their own questions, writing their own scripts and choreographing their own movements for our incredibly exciting first Showcase of the year scheduled to take place on November 30th from 5:30-7pm in the East Campus Gymnasium.
The second Unit of Inquiry for Fifth Graders at Ogden will begin in mid-October and serve as the inspiration for November’s 5th Grade Showcase this year. The Central Idea is The evolution of technology impacts us. In Drama this week students watched a short video about the use of projected images and video sequences to create digital sets and characters. This video clip was used to provoke their thinking and questioning about this Central Idea. The questions that the students came up with will drive upcoming discussions in Drama that will ultimately lead to script writing and dramatic performance. Here is a sneak peek at some of their questions:
In Dance, these lucky students have been exploring forces, pushes, pulls, and counterbalances through movement. They will be putting this learning together to create “machinery” that will be exhibited at our Showcase too.
Join us on November 30th to see what our inquirers come up with. We can’t wait!
This blog has contributions from a variety of faculty and staff at Ogden International.
Principal: Dr. Michael S. Beyer
Heads of Schools
East Campus: Cara Kranz
West Campus: Dr. Stacie Chana