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BCIS Grade 11 Visual Arts Visit to Today Art Museum

September, 2015
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20150814_bcis-g11_today-artmuseum-40For Grade 11 at Beijing City International School (BCIS), August marked the start of their journey on the IB Diploma Program. In mid August, the students who have opted to study DP Visual Arts got off to a great start. As part of their unit, “Whatever You Want,” they paid a visit to the Shuangjing-based Today Art Museum to view two separate exhibitions on offer. Their ultimate goal in this part of the unit is to produce a comparative study; a piece of writing that actively compares and/or contrasts the work of different artists. 

During their visit, students were to take note and study pieces they found particularly interesting. On returning to the classroom, their task was to look through the school’s comprehensive artistic reference material to find other artists who employed similar methods to those they viewed at the museum. Visual Arts, like all the other subject choices in the IB programs, involves a rigorous process of academic inquiry – it’s not all just about painting, drawing and sculpting. It’s important for arts students to be able to not only express themselves through their art work, but also to explain and defend their motivation, inspiration and reflections on the whole process.

As DP Visual Arts teacher Richard Todd put it: “As a downtown school, we are very lucky to have a wealth of artistic and cultural places of interest right on our doorstep. The students being able to get outside the classroom to see the arts in a real-life context brings huge educational benefits.” 


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