Getting Started with PP

The Process Portfolio is up to you to organize as you see fit to show your art process.  Essentially, you need to show evidence of A LOT of QUALITY THOUGHT AND WORK.

Successful portfolios include a great deal of imagery of all parts of the process – from initial ideas/brainstorms, to process shots to final shots. It’s important to include failed ideas and attempts and to articulate reasons why certain media/techniques and ideas were followed or rejected.

It is also important to include more than one image/text per page – this is evidence of 2 years of work so it should be detailed. Handwritten work that is hard to read (due to poor quality photo or poor quality handwriting) is problematic for examiners – if they can’t read it, they can’t assess it.  Also, avoid pages of just text with no imagery (either candidate work or research of other artists).

Grouping work of the same project together in consecutive slides is vital to avoid confusion. It’s helpful if pages and sections are titled and sub-titled. Strong candidates analyse and discuss their art and their research with clear reference to art terms and art specific vocabulary.  

IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE ALL SKETCHBOOK OR ALL DIGITAL:  There are some stylistic choices you can make.  If most of your work is done in your Visual Arts Journal, you can take a photo your whole page and type your written words (specifically parts that are hard to read) beside – or use the side to add more detailed information.  Or you can take photos of specific sketches and insert them into a more digital format.

Examiners are looking for evidence of:

  • Idea Brainstorming and Initial Intentions
  • Artist Research, Analysis, Re-creation of Artist’s work
  • Idea Development
  • Compositional Development
  • Process
  • Refinement and Redevelopment of Idea/Work
  • Reflection and Evaluation

You probably notice that the list encompasses basically a complete art project.  IB’s expectation is that you are creating the full complement of screens for each project/unit you do.  However, there is not enough room to submit evidence of all sections for each project.  And you should never submit a full complement for any project.  I encourage my students to submit sections (best work) of each project.  So, you will submit artist research and process for one, idea development for another.  

For my students, I have created a checklist that they can follow to make sure they have all the required components.  Click here for PDF: process portfolio_checklist



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