Jessica Russo Scherr

Art Education

IB Art

Process Portfolio (PP)

Part 2. Visual Arts Methods: Experimenting with techniques, media, processes, developing a body of resolved and unresolved work, self review and critique, documentation in visual arts journal.

Process portfolio 40%


(Externally Assessed)


The student's journey of art‐making, their engagement with different media and techniques, and processes involved in making their own body of works.

SL: 9‐18 pages/screens submitted.

HL: 13‐25 pages/screens submitted.




  • Use each slide efficiently.  Large images and thoughtfully spaced type.
  • Cite every source correctly.
  • include experiments, journal pages for homework, ideas and anything you worked on in IB that was NOT included in your EX.
  • Include Art History, Concepts, Process and Reflection wherever possible!
  • Use art vocabulary


  • Don't say what is was "supposed" to be.
  • Don't include the project title the teacher gave the project.  Only use the title YOU give the artwork.  (for example:  Don't write Sense of Place Project).
  • Do not use 1 slide to simply state your name, candidate # and level.  Also have artwork on that slide.
  • Keep photos CLEAR and GOOD QUALITY!  The examiner will not see the original work or text written in your journal!!! YOU ARE ASSESSED ON WHAT THEY CAN SEE IN THIS PP.
  • Don't be too humble or too arrogant.  Stick with the facts.

Just about every example is from a former student of mine.  Many thanks to them for all of their time and dedication.

How to earn a good grade on your homework

Follow the criteria presented in class and on the website.

Homework  assignments will take between 1 and 3 hours to complete.

All homework should be completed in your journal unless specified otherwise (not printer paper).

Fill the A4 Page of your journal.

Include a background when applicable.

Shade using a full range of values using a drawing pencil unless specified otherwise.

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