“What should I do in my IWB?”
Examples and Advice
Here are some examples of inspiring IWBs/Visual Art Journals so you can see the range of creative approaches students have towards investigating and visually organizing.
1. PDF collection of many successful IWB examples, including some important guiding advice.
2. IWBs from Busan International Foreign School (South Korea)
4. IWB of Erin Bammann (USA)
- L4 students should create a minimum of 3 pages per week.
- L3 should create a minimum of 5 per week.
- The date, title and page number
- Writing in black ink
- both images AND writing
- a deep analysis of what you’re learning about (think critically. Do you agree? Disagree? How can you connect this to other things you’ve learned in the past?)
- your personal ideas about the topic
- How are the elements and principles used? (see list below)
- How is this artist’s style different or similar to another artist you’ve studied? Compare and contrast.
- What are the social/cultural contexts for this piece of art? (What is the artist trying to communicate about her culture, or another culture? Is she reacting to an event, a social practice, history, or something else?)
- What is your personal connection to this piece?
- How will it connect to your theme, or how will use use what you’ve learned from this artist to create something new?
- Sculpt with clay or found objects?
- Learn to draw human faces?
- Find better techniques for watercolor?
- Crosshatch with pen and ink?
- Draw realistic hair?
- What observation drawings would be relevant to your study? A few examples: people, faces, hands, feet, trees, cars, buildings, chairs, plants…
- Tips for observation drawing
- Reflect on a piece you’ve just finished, or a work in-progress.
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of your piece? (How are you using the elements and principles?)
- What techniques did you use?
- How will you revise it to make it stronger?
- How is this piece connected to your theme?
- What does it reveal about your personal ideas?
- What artists/other ideas influenced this piece?
- Draw at least two sketches that show your plan for a new piece (it’s said that Leonardo DaVinci himself always started with at least three sketches for any new work of art.)
- How will it show your theme?
- What is your personal connection to this piece? How does it show your own ideas, experiences, emotions, history?
- How will you show what you learned from other artists?
- What media will you use?
- Doodle. Daydream! Write down questions or ideas you have. Make idea clouds. Share the beautiful or messy processes in your head that lead you to create!