Get Aware

The first step in IB is to be VERY familiar with MANY artists.  You want to look at a range of artists  – choose a few up and coming (unknowns), a few good contemporary and some masters.  This will give you a good base.  Every project you do should be inspired by at least 2-3 artists.

An amazing resource to browse when you have a few minutes (or hours – because you will get lost) is Google Arts and Culture


Art Student Guide is the DEFINITIVE guide for students wanting to score that illusive 7.  Under Student work – you can choose genres and browse examples for IGCSE, A Level and OF COURSE IB – these are examples from students who have scored 100%

The IB examples are super useful – but even looking at IGCSE examples will be very helpful.


One of the big art galleries – with an epic online resource is the MOMA.


Make Connections

The end goal of IB is to choose your best works from your 2 years process to create an exhibition that is cohesive, connected and tells the story you want to tell.

You need to have at least one artwork in 2D, 3D and 4D.  For the rest of the works you can choose whatever mediums you want to work with.  Ideally – you will have spent the last 5 years in Art class experimenting with many different mediums – so you will have found a few techniques/mediums that you are confident with.  Choose these.

It is important in creating your exhibition that all works flow together.  The easiest way to do this – is to establish an general idea – that you can explore through your 2 year process.

Try not to choose one predictable ‘theme’ but instead choose a general idea to explore.  The more abstract or theoretical your ‘idea’ then it is easier to develop art works that explore different paths.

You can connect artworks through general ideas such as:

  • Beauty
  • Memories
  • Nature
  • Family
  • Identity
  • Propaganda
  • Geometry
  • Conflict
  • Freedom
  • Social Change
  • Heroes
  • Humans
  • The Environment
  • Immigration
  • Industry
  • Progress




But then you can also make connections with EOA and/or POD… (or basically anything):

  • Color
  • Form or Shape
  • Style
  • Genre
  • Movement
  • Balance
  • Contrast



Instagram is an amazing resource.  Choose artists that you like and add them to your feed.  Many artists update often and explain their ideas.

This is good for 2 reasons:
1:  You can be inspired with their ideas

2:  You can start to understand the art process – which will help you present your ideas.

IMG_1875FOLLOW ME!!  (sis_missa_artclass) Then go through my list of artists that I follow and follow them….The Instagram Artists I follow and HIGHLY recommend are:

(Please send me any suggestions to the list!)

  • juztapozmag
  • hifructosemag
  • artforum
  • artbasel
  • tate
  • damienhirst
  • aiww
  • obeygiant
  • henrikaau
  • jamesjeanart
  • audkawa
  • caistudio
  • baron_batch


Watching videos is super helpful for learning how-tos of the IB ‘idea gathering/art making process’.  My youtube channel is a work in progress  and I constantly am creating channels for inspiration for my student’s art making projects.  I absolutely love that many artists these days post alot of how to’s and/or record their art making in progress.

Also, youtube is full of art documentaries.. and general awesome art knowledge.  A few videos that I love and strongly encourage my students to watch are Grayson Perry and What Artist’s Do All Day.   These videos I recommend (x1000) to help you understand what IB is looking for in the Art Process.  (Please send me any suggestions for youtube videos that inspire you.)


His series ‘Who are You?’ deals with exploring identity.  His thought process and how he collects inspiration is a really strong idea of the IB process.



This is a series by the BBC following around well known artists.  This is so interesting to watch to see how artists develop their ideas, work on massive projects… and most interesting… what their studios look like!   I love the episode of Shani Rhys Jones – her studio in the mountains is epic!


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