It has been a while since we've made it up to the 5th floor Visual Arts Complex to see what is being worked on by our high school artists.
Our grade 12 students are working on adding and refining substantial portfolio pieces as we approach the mid-year mark. It is a busy time for DP artists and those students applying to art and design universities in the US, the UK, and Europe.
Grade 11 students are adding to their portfolios as well, though their efforts right now are also on process journals for IB. A trademark of IB visual arts study is the Process Portfolio (which universities love to see.) The Process Portfolio allows student artists to express themselves as visual creatives, rather than a static body of work. They get to share about the inspiration, research, processes, successes, and failures that led to the creations in their portfolio.
In Grades 9-10, students are learning and experimenting with materials, and techniques. There is a large body of varied works produced by the grades 9 & 10 art students as they are led through trying new things and incorporating them into their own unique sense of self-expression. This hands-on experimentation will continue as self-guided as they begin their advanced studio work in Grades 11 and 12.
At TCIS, we love the arts as its own discipline but also for the way that it elevates all learning in the school. Arts education is a big part of how we cultivate internationally-minded learners who are creative, balanced, adaptable, and future-ready!
[It is always so interesting to walk around the Grades 11 and 12 art studios to see projects in the various stages of creation.]