Top Ten Visual Arts Tips

Visual arts refer to forms of art such as design, craft, architecture, ceramics, filmmaking, video, painting, and also photography among others. It can be used in reference to art that has been produced digitally but is not inclusive of such forms of art as music. These arts have been created basically for visual perception.


Some of the top tips for visual arts are:


1) Contrast of culture

It is important that the chosen artwork is from diverse cultural backgrounds. Even if the art emanates from the same time in history, there should be a recognizable contrast in terms of the cultural contexts these art forms were created.


2) Reference


Every piece of art must be referenced well in order to identify it by its title, the artist, the source as well as the date. You must follow the referencing format that has been outlined to ensure conformity.


3) Use the number of techniques that suit you


As there is no restriction on the techniques to be used, do not limit yourself. The process portfolio requires exploration of just a single medium.


4) Avoid sound in videos


It is important to ensure that your videos for display do not have any audio element as this will be ignored during an assessment.


5) Avoid double dipping at all costs


Do not add work for exhibition to the process portfolio. Adding the resolved piece to your documentation, however tempting, is not allowed. If you put the resolved work in the exhibition then avoid using a picture of such in the process portfolio as this will not be awarded.


6) Space for exhibition


There is no preference on the quality of the exhibition space at all. However, arrange your artwork well in the chosen space to ensure uniformity and professionalism. 


7) Thematic relationship


To achieve coherence, you need to look at more than just the visual conformity of your art. You can choose to diversify the themes whilst maintaining a specific relationship.


8) Holistic exhibition


Assessment of visual arts is done based on all the work presented which is inclusive of the exhibition texts, the photographs and the curatorial rationale.


9) Serious investigation


Consider engaging with the work of other artists that are of relevance to yours. Arts that have the same concepts and materials as your own will help perfect your work.

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10) Your connections to own art-making practice HL


The quality of your art is not relevant to examiners. They pay attention mainly to the depth of your reflection and analysis whilst relating it to your practice in art making.