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!
The last couple weeks have been crazy in the classroom. We're working on carving and printing our woodblock prints, experimenting with monoprints, and designing more stencils to spray on a school wall.
We're nearing the end of our Typography unit very soon. Make sure your sketchbook pages are filled with reflective writing and that you've given careful attention to titles and presentation on every page.
The Grade 8 Mosaic project is underway! Here is a video of two of the four classes working on it. This video should give you a good idea of the scale of this project- almost 90 students and 2 teachers working together to make it happen!
Lots of students have been asking where they can get their own art supplies. Shanghai is an excellent place to find good (relatively inexpensive) art materials, you just have to know where to look. Here are a few of our favourite shops.
Fuzhou Lu - the art supply street
福州路364号 (402号 and 480号 are also good for painting supplies)
check in lots of those shops, they all have a similar assortment.
Your local stationary shop is likely to have some of the basic supplies you'll need, plus some other cool things.. try looking in some shops around where you live too.
I've also heard that this shop is good:
Marie's Painting Materials
No. 850 Xikang Road near Haifang Lu.
And of course,
Taobao 淘宝 (you'll need a parent's permission)
Taobao Field Guide (for English help navigating Taobao)
By the way, if you're looking for music supplies, just a couple blocks south of Fuzhou Lu is the music supply street, Jingling Lu 金陵路.
To reflect is to consider, ponder, look back, contemplate, wonder, return, reconsider, mirror, reveal.
Take some time to look at your work and think before you begin writing in your sketchbook. Remember back to when you made it - what were you intentions? What were you trying to do? Did you achieve that result?
Begin by writing about the process of making the artwork. How did you make it? What medium or media did you use? What were your ideas?
Next write about your ideas. Many reflective writers keep in mind questions, such as "What did I notice?" "How has this changed me?" or "What might I have done differently?" Thus, the focus is on writing that is not just descriptive. (Wikipedia) Some other questions you could consider are "What did I learn by doing this?" or "What parts of the artwork do I like? What would I change? Why?"
This weekend, Ms. Brand & Ms. Osann went to Beijing for an IB Workshop. We met lots of art teachers from international schools across Asia, exchanged ideas and resources with them, and came back totally inspired for the new year! Furthermore, we got to check out the art scene in Beijing. Have a look at some of the artwork we got to see below. Artists shown here include Chinese artists Zhao Limin, Liu Fei, Wu Mingzhou, and Liu Baomin, and Cuban artist Rene Francisco Rodriguez.
Welcome to the Shanghai United International School Visual Arts website. Find your year group on the menu to access your class materials and other resources to get you going.