Throughout Term 2, the Art department has initiated our first student leadership groups. In Primary School, Ms. Seo and the “Little Picassos” have been busily designing and crafting for personal and whole school projects, including artist fact-files, logos and assembly displays. Meanwhile, in Senior School the new design company “Art Murmurs” have been honing their digital design skills, creating their brand and working to live briefs such as a sketchbook cover illustration for the Olympiad Art students and a t-shirt design for the Self- Defence ECA. After a very successful term, we’re very much looking forward to the students being able to make more decisions and steer the groups for themselves. Therefore, it gives me great pleasure in announcing that Ga-Eun Kim (Year 10) will be the manager of “Art Murmurs” next term. She will work with her team of designers to improve skills, work towards live briefs and set group constraints. As these groups become more established we look forward to even more collaboration across the schools and more leadership opportunities becoming available. Have a look at the new ‘Art Leadership Noticeboard’ outside the Art rooms for updates, examples of student work and announcements.
Congratulations to all of our “Little Picassos” and “Art Murmurs” on a hugely successful and rewarding term!
“Phenomenal,” “so, so impressive” and “incredible talent” were just some of the phrases used at the opening of the IB Visual Arts Exhibition on Tuesday evening. As a mandatory part of the IB Visual Arts course, the students were required to produce up to 11 artworks, write their own exhibition text and formulate a curatorial rationale. An incredible amount of work considering the other two complex and time-consuming components of the course.
The range of disciplines is vast, demonstrating skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, print-making, photography and installation. Equally as impressive is the array of concepts and contextual starting points. From gender inequality to internal struggles. And media censorship to the experience of loss.
Congratulations and thank you, to our IB Visual Artists. The dedication and commitment to their Art studies has certainly lead to an amazing finale!
Our Year 13 artists are- Ellis Ahn, Julie Blanchard, Marie Blanchard, Jennifer Choi, Emily Kim, Kyle Lee, Christian Lindsay, Lucy Oh and Lexie Xuan.
Also, a special thank you to Atikah Thane, Gabrielle Green, Victor Jong, Daniel Song, Ms. Mitford and Mr. Graham for providing a fabulous musical backdrop for the opening!
The exhibition will be open until the morning of Thursday 21st March.
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As we all know, 2019 marks the quadricentennial or 400 years of Dulwich College London. As part of the Olympiad celebrations, the international colleges have submitted a collection of student artworks for a collaborative exhibition at DCL. Students have worked in response to the theme of “Make Your Mark.”
“…To do something that will be remembered; to do something that is very important or meaningful…”
A group of students in Year 10 (with some collaboration from Year 9 students) interpreted this theme in very imaginative and sophisticated ways. One student portrayed the impact of cultural influences on our personal development. Another investigated the “butterfly effect” of kindness; how a single act can subsequently affect many others. All 10 pieces were created with exceptional skill, care and enthusiasm. Congratulations to the 13 artists involved!
At the weekend, a group of Art students had a fun filled day working with children at the Global Youth Fair event, “UK to Korea”. We were inundated by children wanting to take part in our UK inspired craft activity. Looking at the work of UK artist Grayson Perry, children used a coil method to skilfully create small plates using coloured clay. They selected a typically British image as a template (from a Queen’s Guard to a teacup) and filled the shapes with rolled clay before moulding it into the form of a plate. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the activity and we were never without a queue- another typically British pastime! Thank you to our wonderful student ambassadors Karlie, Julie, Paul, Grace and Alix for your enthusiasm, patience and professionalism.
Last Thursday, our Year 12 Visual Artists were lead in a montage workshop by artist and lecturer Sarah Horton. Sarah is the Subject Leader for MA Fine Art and the Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Fine Art at Norwich University of the Arts. The purpose of the practical workshop was to encourage a sense of lateral thinking around a starting point- creating without intention with the possibility that the resulting imagery might inspire further investigation. As the students intently worked on their postcard collages, Sarah talked to us about the university application process and what to expect when studying Visual Arts in the UK. To offer context to both the practical workshop and the university guidance, Sarah introduced us to the work of numerous successful designers, artists and practitioners within the Visual Arts who worked in similar styles to our stripy collages. The year 12 artists learned a great deal about how they might extend their art studies into further education and beyond.
The Senior School corridors, offices and even the teachers’ staff room have received a little update with the addition of our new Art displays. Students work from Years 8 through to 13 has been photographed, printed onto canvas and arranged into gallery style collections around the school. Whilst we all appreciate having our walls filled with imagery and enjoy having a more decorative space, the work displayed is much more than just pictures. The Art we create has a function and purpose beyond its aesthetic. There is a context, meaning and message that supports every piece work. The final outcomes displayed are really the answers to complex and challenging investigations. Behind each artwork there are observational drawings, thorough written analyses and experiments with media. The blurbs alongside the displays contextualise the work and hopefully offer some insight into why the students created it. Congratulations to our featured artists, not only for the fabulous exhibited artworks but for the huge amount of time, effort and talent that was applied before it was even created!
Imagine spending hours of your time designing, researching and sculpting a beautifully intricate mask, for it to crack, fall apart and crumble at the last moment! Disappointment, frustration and a little bit of sadness will surely fill your creative heart. How wonderful that our Year 9 students had the opportunity to experience these things! It certainly wasn’t our intention to produce masks that didn’t quite make it out of the kiln in one piece, but when these things happen they provide huge amounts of learning and invaluable experience. Whilst we continuously strive to build the confidence and esteem of our young artists, it is arguably just as important that they experience failures and disappointments. Without such experiences, students will never take risks for fear of failing. So rather than dwelling on the fact that the clay dried too quickly or the bags weren’t air tight or that porcelain shrinks too much on a mould… we will instead value the processes that we practiced, reflect on how we could do it better next time and above all realise failure is very much part of our success. And of course as Artists, we’re able to adapt the concept of our work in response to unforeseen circumstances…
“Our beautifully distressed and fragile masks were inspired by cultures other than our own, therefore the broken pieces are representative of the ignorance and discrimination that we’re destroying through gained knowledge and the appreciation of others’ heritage.”
Well done Year 9, we failed extremely well!
Students have been left in awe and amazement after Disney Animator, Aaron Blaise visited DCSL this week. Gasps were heard throughout the theatre as students realised he had created so many of their favourite characters. From Nala in the Lion King to Raja in Aladdin, it was incredible to see the process from concept to the final feature. Through lectures and workshops, Aaron has undoubtedly inspired many youngsters with his incredible and humbling story. The “Persistence of Vision” is a film-making term referring to the illusion of movement through still images. Aaron used this phrase as his overarching theme for the sessions he delivered, encouraging students to remain focused on their goals, even when faced with obstacles. Students were captivated and moved as he spoke about the highs and lows of his extraordinary life. Year 7 were introduced to animation methods that depict the effect of gravity and soon realised that “everything in animation is the bouncing ball.” Whilst IB Art and Drama students were fortunate enough to work alongside Aaron during a pen and ink workshop. A truly inspirational day for all of our young artists.
The absolute highlight of the Visual Arts calendar, the IB exhibition has certainly made an impression at DCSL this week. Yeonwoo Kim, Felipe Villalobos Torres and Eric Kim are to be congratulated for their incredible collection of work and exceptional curation skills.
As well as producing the practical artwork for the exhibition, the students have also completed a beautifully presented Process Portfolio as well as an extensive visual essay in which they have analysed and compared artworks from different cultural contexts.
All of the artists have carefully considered their conceptual message that they purposefully portrayed through their work. From observations of Korean culture, to social injustice regarding gender, the artwork has encapsulated very worthy and important themes.
Beyond the physical work, the exhibition is a display of the students’ integrity, maturity and dedication. There is no doubt that these students will make significant contributions to the creative industries and beyond. Thank you Yeonwoo, Felipe and Eric for your impeccable work ethic and inspirational portfolios, we wish you every success in your future studies.
A kind and creative group of students from Year 7 through to Year 12 have dedicated a substantial amount of time over several weeks creating blankets for babies for a local orphanage. The majority of the students had no prior experience in crochet and so had to learn new skills very quickly. The actual technique is very complicated and takes a lot of patience and perseverance. However, it is most impressive that after the many hours the students have spent creating these blankets, they are all so happy and proud to donate them to infants that need an extra bit of comfort and colour in their lives. The students’ kindness and dedication is certainly admirable.
As our interaction with technology and digital environments increases, it is vital that our students not only have the skills to recognise and interpret a digital visual language but are able to manipulate it and discover their own “voice”. Students in Years 8 and 9 have been experimenting with a range of digital skills that don’t rely on expensive software or equipment, but are available to everyone that has access to the internet. In doing this, we have developed our fundamental, core skills that can then be applied to more sophisticated methods and complicated technology. Year 8 students created Geometric Self Portraits using vector style illustration methods. Many of the students were shocked to find the surprising range of colours found in their skin tone. The Year 9 students created digital assemblages of images and drawings that they had collected as part of an independent sketchbook challenge. The task taught students a range of digital skills such as layering, opacity manipulation and composition. This was the first time that many of the students had worked with entirely digital processes and the results are so effective that several of the artworks have been printed onto canvas to be displayed in the Senior School.
To celebrate the Lunar New Year and embrace cultural traditions, the Year 8 students have enthusiastically dedicated their Art lessons to practising the Chinese craft of papercutting. They used their prior learning in Mandala imagery and pattern-making to create intricate motifs of the “Golden Dog.” The process can be laborious and requires a lot of patience. The Year 8 students showed a lot of perseverance and care, to achieve some beautifully delicate and imaginative outcomes. One artwork was selected as the logo for the Dulwich Seoul Lunar New Year celebrations. The talented artist was Alix Kim 8JA, who created the beautiful papercut pictured. Congratulations Alix and well done Year 8 for your creative contributions.
Our talented students in Year 8 have certainly impressed this term as they produced work in response to a live brief provided by the Forgiveness Museum in Steyl, The Netherlands. The museum exhibits all kinds of pieces on the subject of forgiveness and reconciliation. It is also the only museum in the world that is focused on these theme's. Right now, their exhibition is especially focused on youth to encourage us to think about what forgiveness is and what it means in a world full of conflict and oppression.
We researched people who embodied or inspired forgiveness, and used our newly honed portraiture skills and mono-printing techniques to capture their likenesses. To emphasize our concepts further, we used transfer techniques to include quotes that encapsulate our message.
All year 8 students produced an outcome and twelve pieces were selected by the Year 13 IB Visual Arts students. Eric commented that he was “flabbergasted by the almost abstract nature of the layered portraits.” Whilst Yeonwoo was inspired by the students’ “impressive and sophisticated compositions.” It was the “imaginative and bold use of colour” that captured the attention of Felipe.
Congratulations to the following students, whose work will be exhibited at the Forgiveness Museum until February 2018.
All Senior School Art students have made an excellent start to the school year and have already produced some outstanding work. Year 13 have worked incredibly hard over the summer to ensure their portfolios are up to date and of the highest quality. Their positivity and commitment is setting an excellent example for the large cohort of Year 12 students who have just started their IB Visual Arts journey. As an introductory project, Year 12 have been challenged to “remake” famous artworks using photographic or digital means. So far, their ideas are very exciting! The IGCSE students in both Years 10 and 11 are making huge leaps of progress in terms of their pure drawing skills which is a key focus of their assessment. Key Stage 3 students are showing masses of enthusiasm and willingness to take risks. Traits that we encourage throughout their art education. Year 9 in particular, have shown superb skills and patience whilst tackling observational drawings of skulls. These drawings will form the basis of their own interpretation of a Vanitas- traditionally a still life rich in symbolism concerned with inevitabilities of life. Su Lee in 9FV, has so far created a wonderful study showing accuracy, skill and most importantly stylistic flair! (Pictured)
Well done, to all Senior School artists and thank you for making my first week at DCSL so welcoming!