Opening night is just 2 weeks away! Parents, Family, Teachers, Friends, JOIN US to celebrate the work of our Grade 12 Art Students as they present their final work for IB Art. Graduation is just around the corner now. For the second year in a row, we will host the exhibition at M50. If you're not able to make it to opening night, the exhibition will be open to the public all day Saturday from 10-5.
A vital part of studying Visual Arts is seeing and engaging with artworks in real life, so we make it a priority to take all of the students from grades 6-12 to exhibitions around Shanghai. Enjoy the video! music by Ratatat.
This year, we held our Grade 12 Exhibiton at M50 in a beautiful 2 story gallery space, that essentially allowed every student in Grade 12 to have their own wall of the gallery. The show was attended by hundreds of visitors, not just teachers and students, as it was during the White Lights weekend at the M50 (Moganshan) Art District in Shanghai. Students volunteered to open and close the gallery all weekend, so it was truly a professional show, open to the public. The students' work was original and very high quality. I'm so proud of what they have achieved, and I feel honored to have been a part of it all. Grade 12 students, if you're reading this, I'm so proud of you and I wish you all the best in your future adventures! Stay in touch!
Welcome back to a new school year! The construction team was busy over the summer... Look at the changes I designed for our Art Department! I spent a lot of time last year making drawings and talking with builders to make improvements to our rooms, and I'm very pleased with the changes we've made. We have new beautiful large tables, a clean, slip-proof floor, lots of new shelving for storing artwork and supplies, and a classroom that has shifted the center from one end of the classroom, to the center, making it more student focused. We have at least 3 student computers in each classroom, including an iMac, and a set of iPads available to be used for research and manipulation of images. I can't wait to get started working in these rooms!
Students and Colleagues,
Thank you immensely for the support from the Music Department, the Admin Staff, and Senior Leadership Team at SUIS Gubei that helped to make the DP Arts Exhibition such a success. The food, wine, and music was fantastic, and a perfect complement to the outstanding artworks. I am so proud of what our students are capable of and what they have accomplished, and this event truly highlights this.
I made a video to remember the exhibition, please enjoy!
March 16th is the long awaited SUIS Gubei IB Diploma Arts Exhibition! The event will be open to parents, friends, students and teachers of G12 SUIS Gubei students at a prestigious gallery in the Creative Hub of M50, Shanghai.
This exhibition will feature the best Artwork from our graduating students, as well as selected pieces from Grade 11 students. We will also feature some of the talented musicians from Grade 12.
It is a very exciting to see such amazing art by such talented students. I look forward to celebrating their success.
I'm in Hong Kong for 3 days for IB Visual Arts Teacher Training. The keynote speaker was Kasey Wong, a Hong Kong Artist that is doing some fantastic, creative work, especially exploring "mobile architecture," politics, and the role of the artist. One of my favorite things he said was that engineers will look his work and criticize it, saying that isn't doesn't apply to everyone and it doesn't solve the problems. Wong says, "Art doesn't solve problems. It brings out the problems and lets you feel the gravity."
In the Visual Arts Category 3 Workshop that I'm attending, our focus will be on Assessment, Emerging Media, clarifying questions and sharing resources.
Here we go! Welcome back, we've got another great year ahead of us. Have you been to check out any of the art around Shanghai lately? Lots of great exhibitions. The Art Fair just ended, but there's a lot of great stuff still to see: Lots of great Photography exhibitions in galleries around the city, THE RAIN ROOM (must experience this one) at the Yuz Museum, and lots more. Check out Smart Shanghai for the most up to date information on what's happening in Art in Shanghai.
Don't you love the freedom that comes with summer? Of course you can just let the days go by, relaxing by the pool or in front of the TV, or whatever you choose. But really it's the best chance to delve into something that really matters to you.. Projects! Get good at something! Try something new! Read some good books! Don't let the summer pass you by without finishing at least one project that matters to you.
On that note, one of my projects this summer is getting the art department website back up and running. I'm changing the look and functionality of it, so stay tuned!
Last week our whole school took part of the BIG DRAW....The World's Biggest Drawing Festival!
On Wednesday, Grade 9-12 students each got a piece of a photograph to draw onto a larger square of canvas... the pieces are still being put together to form a very large permanent drawing for our school.
On Friday, Grade 6-8 students each drew a building in Shanghai. We cut them out and displayed them around the gym. Absolutely phenomenal!
Barbizon to Impressionism
November 22, 2014
6 teachers and 64 art students from Grade 9, 11, & 12 went to see 73 works touring to the Shanghai Museum from Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts. Students had the rare opportunity to see key pieces by artists such as Jean Léone Gérôme, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Pierre Bonnard, Claude Monet and many other famous artworks from the Barbizon and Impressionist Schools of painting.
Students studied the artworks carefully by drawing them in their Investigation Workbooks. To learn how the impressionists used colours, back in the classroom students studied sections of the paintings in detail before applying what they learned to their own work. Several students agreed that seeing the artwork in real life was more vivid and intersesting than looking in a book. One student said it was as if she could feel the presence of the painting, and and that was something she could never have known about from a book.
Art of the Brick
until Oct 27
According to Smartshanghai.com: "Internationally touring exhibition comes to Shanghai to showcase what can be done with a little plastic block. Expect creative statues made out of Lego by New York-based Lego artist Nathan Sawaya. Some are fun and youthful, like statues of dinosaurs. Some are more adult in concept. Tickets are 50rmb or free for kids under 90cm tall. Open Monday to Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday to Sunday 11am-10pm. Tickets on the door."
Super Brand Mall
metro line 2 Lujiazui
168 Lujiazui Xi Lu,
near Lujiazui Huan Lu
Welcome back gang, the school year has begun again and we're off to a great start. We're in the process of updating the pages to be ready for your new work to be added. GCSE and IB students, be sure to stay on top of your art homework right at the start!
Ahh! Summer's finally here. Time to kick back, watch youtube videos, chat with friends, sleep in, zone out starting into space until one day....you're bored. Time for a summer project. Here's some work to get a head start for next year and to fill the endless summer days until you can finally *sigh* return to school again. Click here for your summer assignment.
IB Art Exhibition Reflection by James
The moment under the spotlight, covered in acrylic, is not just any mere memory at the back of my brain – but hammered into my frontal lobe: this was the beginning of something new.
When I was assigned to do this with my companions Kevin and Joanna, by our ever so awe-inspiring Art teacher (you know who you are), I saw it not only as an opportunity to develop team collaboration but also a chance for us to enjoy what we do best. Working with a group of potential artists really helped me bring to light the possibilities of Art and how it can shape the mind and even the world.
I see it as our stepping stone to something much larger out there.
“Originally we planned to paint the nebula and that is why our colours were rather luminous and galaxy-like. However, right at the last second before we got our paint brushes, we said to each other, forget the plan, we will do whatever comes to mind, let the music take over our souls and unleash all emotions – and that was what we done. Ultimately, we found ourselves standing in front of somewhat of a magnum opus that showed our splendid past and bright future shone under the light of SUIS.”
Find more Art Reviews and Photographs at the Grade 12 page
Have you ever really explored the city? Have you peeked into the deepest corners of Shanghai? What did you find?
Grade 9 students did exactly that, trending along no so well trodden paths to see how Nature and Man are locked in combat and in this case nature is winning!