IB Art Projects

As you know there are two major parts to IB Art: The Investigation Workbook (sketchbook) and Studio (artwork). Students can choose between two courses of study in IB Visual Art, Option A which places emphasis on the quality of the Studio work or Option B which places emphasis on the quality of research and exploration in the Investigation Workbook.

Investigation Workbook

Workbooks are working journals that should reflect personal approaches, styles and interests. Read more about investigation workbooks here...


Studio work quite simply involves the creation of artwork. This artwork must be challenging and explorational in both thought and skill; the IB program is not looking for craftsman who can produce pretty pictures but critically thinking individuals who are able to express their understanding of the world around them through visual means.Read more about studio work here...

Studio Assignments are listed below according to the year in which they are recommended to be completed. The order of the projects below has been carefully mapped out for student success and following it is recommended as well. Students may also propose projects of their own in place of those listed below provided teacher approval is granted prior to the beginning of the project.

Year 1

Year 2

Photography (Recommended working time: Three Weeks)

Print Making

Graphic Design and Layout (Recommended working time: Two Weeks)

Series Work

Still Life (Recommended working time: Three Weeks)

Portfolio Development

Portraiture (Recommended working time: Three Weeks)


Figure Drawing   (Recommended working time: Three Weeks)

Painting (Recommended working time: Four Weeks)

Studio Project (Recommended working time: Four Weeks)



The Investigation Workbook (IWB)

Investigation Workbooks are not simply scrapbooks, sketchbooks or diaries but may be a combination of all three. They may contain weak initial ideas and false starts, but these should not be seen as mistakes and can be used as a means of identifying a student’s progress over the course.Class notes and handouts should only be included in the workbooks if appropriate. Visual material should be relevant to the investigation and NOT simply used to fill space. Photographs, copies and magazine cut-outs are acceptable if they are relevant to the investigation, are accompanied by an explanation or critical comment and are acknowledged properly (properly cited). Copying from Internet sites, books and other secondary sources without personal and critical reflection should be avoided. Entries must be dated and kept in chronological order. Pages must be numbered for cross-referencing ideas, themes or issues that run through the investigation workbooks. Legibility is extremely important, blue-black or black ink is recommended for writing. In general, it is a good idea to try to mix your sketchbook with about 50% visual material (sketches, collage, etc.) and 50% writing (notes on thoughts, relearch, relevant experiences, etc.). The investigation workbook is an A4 sized hardcover sketchbook. Students must leave the first 5 pages of their sketchbook blank when starting a new one and must remember to leave the top, right hand corner of each page free or empty.

Studio Work

Students should explore art, craft and design traditions from past, present and emerging cultural backgrounds, and local, national and international contexts through their studio work. At the end of the course students should have produced studio work that communicates their understanding of conceptual content, their technical skill and their sense of critical awareness. They should also have developed an understanding of the artistic process from the generation of initial ideas through the various stages that lead to the completion of a final studio work.All work produced by students needs to reflect personal involvement and be linked to the investigation contained in their workbooks. The projects through which students will begin their exploration of these ideas are listed below: