SHEKOU INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
SIS was a wonderful place to work and teach with a caring community chock full of motivated, engaged students. I have been able to refine my art teaching skills and further develop my own artistic skills - as well as elevate the awareness and profile of our art programme throughout the school and the community. Being part of a large school Arts team has given me opportunities to support and encourage students in a range of new possibilities; such as music concerts, coffee houses, big art shows, art installations, IB art galleries, engaging with local artisans, collaborations with our Level 5 learning space and communicating with ISS EDU through instagram and twitter.
I've also been able to focus on developing our technology and innovative practices, exploring ways our art classes can further engage in digital arts, film studies, photography and recently VR. The community of Shekou and our SIS PSA have given me opportunities to network and develop relationships with the other campuses of our school, local businesses and other international schools in the school. It's been an exciting, vibrant and highly artistic few years!
Other involvements include:
SIS follows an American based curriculum with IB DP during the last 2 years. During my tenure, I have taught and developed my own MS art classes, developed a rotation of MS classes through 2D/3D/4D; planning and creating resources for both 3D and 4D classes, taught HS art classes, planned and developed a digital art space, created online class notebooks for all classes as well as used Atlas for planning.
I teach both G11 and 12 combined IB1/ IB2 classes along with everything that includes from planning, sourcing materials, inspiring and motivating students, following deadlines and organizing their (always highly popular) exhibitions. I also created an online IB DP VA resource blog for students to help support their IB journey (which has turned into a global support site for IB DP VA teachers and students)
30th ANNIVERSARY ART EXHIBITION
In 2019, SIS celebrated it's 30th anniversary with a bang!
Curious how we set everything up? Take a peek behind the scenes at SIS's crew hard at work. Can you believe we set everything up in just 2 days!
During the planning, we discussed what to do with the front of the venue. Initially we thought we might create a sculpture, but my students suggested we do an art-making performance piece with spray paint planets to open the show. Fun times had by all!
Visual Arts does not live in a classroom alone and if you have gone through any part of my website pages, you will know that I am passionate about sharing my students work within the school and the local community. SIS gave us a wonderful opportunity to do so.
ART IN THE COMMUNITY
Throughout our community, we had opportunity to display our student's art work
Our students put so much work and creativity in their artworks and I am also looking for opportunities to share it with our community. And so when a few of our DP students created a similar lino cut compositions, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to create our limited edition Art Totes. We sold them within our community with proceeds going to support reading initiatives among our CAS students.
For one of our many photo contests, I chose to highlight reading and challenged our SIS students to catch a photograph of themselves reading. And they did not disappoint! The photos submitted were so creative (and so many!) we were able to create posters to display around the library.
BOB ROSS NIGHTS
This event came about because of a suggestion from one of my students.
WEEK WITHOUT WALLS
Week without Walls experiences were the keystone for our Student Advisory experience at SIS. During my stay, I was priveleged to be the G10 HOG organizing trips to Shaxi near LiJiang in Yunnan province, China. Extraordinary learning experiences (and not just for the students) :)