Art Journal Technical Requirements

There are certain items that must appear in your journal entries:

  1. Pages dated (the date you worked on them)
  2. Use of artistic vocabulary – IB Art Glossary
  3. Contact Sheets
  4. Camera Settings for your images: ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture (f/stop)
  5. Screen shots of your images open in Photoshop or Photopea with the layers showing
  6. Research sources cited
  7. For darkroom work: contact sheet, test strips, final images after darkroom and final images after editing in Photoshop/Photopea



IB Visual Arts Glossary


Contact Sheets

Here is a tutorial on how to create a digital contact sheet:

How to Make a Digital Contact Sheet in Photoshop

This is what a digital contact sheet looks like:

Scott Tankard Contact Sheet


Camera Settings for your images

You must also include the Shutter Speed, f-stop (aperture), and ISO settings for each of your final images you include in your journal.  See below image (you can click on the image to enlarge it)
SS fstop ISO journal
Photographer: Stephanie Lee

How to find the f/stop, shutter speed, and ISO of one of your digital photos?

Here is a video that explains different ways to find the camera settings for your images:



Screen shots for PPA in Photoshop


MLA Citations on slides

Yon must cite sources directly on the pages to where those sources are referenced.  See what is highlighted in yellow on this slide.  You can click to enlarge the image.

Here is a link to the NPHS Library Website to do research.

Here is a link to the specific page on the library site that has assistance with citations.  We use MLA format in the arts.


Film and Darkroom Journal Entry Guidelines:

IB Film and Darkroom Assignment Journal entry

Here is a good example of how to approach a journal entry on Darkroom photography:

Haven Roper Art Journal Darkoom