Art educators living, working or interested in Asia
I also feel that it is quite limiting!
IGCSE is more helpful to improve the basic skills.
Some time it is not a bad idea to improve the basic skills first and then use the freedom of expression.
Some of the examination and coursework subjects may help a student to work with patience and after that when they get freedom in IB, they really enjoy.
During IGCSE classes it is also possible to give some experimental works to students so that they dont loose interst in Art
Is there any way you could change to the GCSE instead? It is a much less limited course, both in scope and sizes of work permitted, and I really enjoy teaching it. It provides a good, rigorous preparation for IBDP, too.
I basically start with two coursework projects in Year 10, which cover all the assessment criteria and a range of media. The students then get a more open-ended project at the start of Year 11, which they are free to develop as they want. We do Fine Art, which allows for just about anything! Finally, they do the examination, which they have 8 weeks to prepare for, plus a final piece which can take up to 10 hours.
Do your students sit CIE IGCSE (0400)? (Just checking, to make sure we are both talking about the same thing). I tend to give students a theme, such as 'Coastal Environment' or 'Secrets, Treasures and Memories' and base the Coursework project around this. They use a range of media and complete a range of different exercises, but all are linked thematically and lead towards a single final painting...
Would love to see some of your units.