On account of the Covid19 pandemic, this winter break has indeed been a long one. During this time, all IB students have been kept busy with a continuous stream of carefully- designed online learning activities. Yet all this while, on top of all the online learning, 8 students of Visual Arts have been working long and hard on their art works at the same time. For Cyril, Cindy, Olivia, Rebecca, Robert, Jessica, Stan and Frank, the end of the season has brought a fruitful harvest. They, together with their VA teachers, held the 3rd SIPFLS IBDP exhibition of visual art works in Shin Kong Place in Suzhou Industrial Park from March 29th to 30th. This exhibition is a brilliant culmination of their 2-year trajectory.
2 years of tenacious exploration, innovation and research have finally paid off for these students. Visual arts refer to artistic creations which appeal through sensory perception, especially the sense of sight. Works are presented in a multiplicity of forms and media, and include film and television, painting, sculpture, architecture, and practical decorative art. This discipline also encourages students to explore the links between the arts and other disciplines, and develops their innovative ability and critical thinking. Through their works, the budding artists express their unique observations and understanding of society and life, and reflect different perspectives of cultures, social relations, gender, and times.
On the evening of March 28th, after the stores were closed at Shin Kong Place, the teachers and students stayed up late at night to set up the exhibition. The layout of works and exhibition space was planned and designed by the students themselves, as they hope to guide the audience to appreciate the works by distinguishing the different art themes. In this exhibition, you will see various forms of creative works, such as Chinese painting, oil painting, installation art, board painting, stop-motion animation and prints, etc.
We showcase some of their works below. Enjoy!
Run! Run! Run! – Olivia
Yearn – Olivia
Utopia in books-Olivia
What can you see? -Cyril
Back to the past-Cindy
The dream home - Cindy
Hot pot -Stan
Endless road -Stan
The Pillowman -Frank
Meters away -Robert
Touch it, Feel it -Robert
The virus -Jessica
Who I am inside -Rebecca
Lava flow -Rebecca
Grown in China -Rebecca
Art encapsulates the spirit of the Olympics. Drawing its inspiration from infinite sources, it invites endless streams of negotiation and opinion – herein lies its beauty.
This exhibition attracted the attention of many. Visitors paused in front of the works, viewed them from different angles, read the stories behind the works, and were all praise for the students' creative ability.
5 of these students will go on to pursue their University studies in the arts. To date, these 5 students have received numerous offers from many famous art schools in the US, Britain, Canada, and Australia. Among them, Qin Liuxin received conditional offers from 7 top American universities for a major in Illustration, and Tan Jing, who rose to the challenge of exploring the architectural form without any prior exposure, has seen her own persistence and courage pay off by receiving offers from 6 famous architectural universities. Qian Zhouquan has also received offers from 4 well-known universities to pursue an Animation major, while Yan Sijia and Tang Yu received offers from University of the Arts London and University of Edinburgh for Interior design, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University for Fashion design.
Countless days and nights poring over their works-in-progress have finally culminated in an indescribable sense of achievement. Infusing their passion into paper and parchment, pen and brush, our VA students have brought us a step closer to realizing that art is, in fact, never far from us. This is the crowning glory for a wonderful and fulfilling VA programme.
Well done, VA!