HIGH SCHOOL VISUAL ARTS HIGHLIGHTS
..HS VA classes at SIS follow the SIS Visual Art Curriculum which our VA department developed alongside our Curriculum Coordinator with advice by Tania Lattanzio in 2018. It is heavily inspired by the National Core Standards (US) as well as IB DP VA and is mean to help support students creative journey while preparing them for the DP course. The standards provide the foundation for visual art education for all students. The standards support student-learning outcomes through big ideas – enduring understandings and essential questions. The concepts embedded in the standards reflect the scope of learning – the knowledge, skills, and understandings - taught through study of the visual arts. By including all aspects of creating, presenting, responding, and connecting in study of the visual arts, student learning through these standards explores the full scope of what it means to be an artistically literate citizen.
In HS Visual Arts, we explore the full design process of art making, documenting their work both in sketchbooks and process screens. We explore 2D, 3D and 4D mediums such as drawing, painting, sculpture, batik, printmaking, computer animation and illustration as students are encouraged to develop their own unique style and visual voice. All our projects are informed by a range of historical and contemporary artists, with students honing research and analytical skills with critical investigations of artists through in house resources as well as visits to galleries and artist studios.
SELECTED HS VISUAL ART PROJECTS
MIDDLE SCHOOL VISUAL ARTS HIGHLIGHTS
In MS, creative students rotate through the Arts courses of Music, Drama, Visual Arts and Film. In Visual Arts we explore so many different mediums and ways of looking at the world. We approach art collaboratively as well as independently being informed by local and contemporary artists exploring 2D, 3D and 4D realms such as drawing, wire sculpture, spray painting, abstract painting techniques, clay molding, cardboard installation, bas relief sculpture, watercolours, acrylic paint, zentangles and so much more!
SELECTED MS ART PROJECTS
HS and MS ART SHOWS
Each year to celebrate all the wonderfully creative work that our #sisROCKS Visual Art students did we organized an art show around our schools infamous escalator. To make our shows even more enjoyable and highlight the creativity we created inclusive interactive activities for visitors of all ages such as our mini art gallery. The theme of the one highlighted here (2018) is 'My Heart My Home'.
IN COLLABORATION WITH OTHER SHENZHEN SCHOOLS
During my stay at SIS, I worked with ISNS, SWIS and QSI to develop intra-school art contests and gallery showing. Our 2nd annual show 'Fair and Unfair' (highlighted below) was shown at Shen Wan International School. Our SIS students submitted many works with a few selected for awards.
My MS classes were always inspired by our SIS library and those big comfortable couches. For one collaborative collage project, we decided to use book covers for inspiration. Students used found paper to create these masterpieces which we then displayed appropriately in the library.. and just in time for author Laurie Halse Anderson's visit to SIS!
WHEN ART AND SCIENCE MEETS
Art and Science forever have a love affair. At first, it started out at SIS with detailed anatomy drawings and then progressed into digital conceptual ideas like painting robotic balls driven by coding (highlighted below) which I helped our science teacher extraordinaire Riley Laird realize.
When artists visited SIS, it was so fun to unpack their process and then dive into it with the students. Like when Sean Karemaker (highlighted below) shared his epic scroll artmaking, we were so inspired we rolled out the poster paper and doodled together with the artist. First image is a collaboration doodle between myself, Karemaker and film teacher Eddie Bruce.