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WISS Celebrates Art Week

June, 2015
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wiss-art-week-576The visual arts are an essential part of our daily lives. It gives children and communities a unique form for communicating, it allows them to share their passions and emotions, and it forges a pathway towards exploring new ideas and different cultures.

This is why the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) dedicates one week out of the year to celebrate visual arts in the last week of May. The theme of this year’s Art Week was Wild at Art, inspiring Nursery through Grade 10 students to unleash their creative expression through a wide range of highly interactive art activities.

Early Years activities were inspired by illustrations from the classic children’s storybooks, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, Shadow by Suzy Lee, and There’s a Nightmare in my Closet by Mercer Mayer. Student’s imaginations ran wild as they entered two rooms especially designed to provoke exploration and discovery. The ‘Land of Metallica’ featured floor to ceiling silver installations that made students feel like they had entered an alien space ship from a distant galaxy, while the ‘World of Shadows’ moved children to use objects, as well as their bodies, to create monstrous shadows. Outside of these rooms, students engaged in a variety of art activities ranging from wearable art to murals created in the Art Week Monster’s secret lair.

Primary students took the concept of Wild at Art even further by using the week to design, create, and model ferocious fashions for the Art Week fashion show. Using feathers, animal prints, fake furs, and an array of colorful fabrics and embellishments, students created fashion that would have made Versace proud! Students boldly strutted down the catwalk, as the audience marveled at the extraordinary creativity of the young designers. 

In Secondary, over 20 teachers impersonated famous artists, from Basquiat to Kahlo, in order to deliver artistic challenges that allowed students to gain a deeper understanding of diverse art mediums, methods, and processes. Traveling to different locations in the school, students encountered different artists who invited them to explore a particular style or an artwork for which they were famous. Some of the student’s favorites were painting designs on body casts with Frida Khalo, manipulating words to create provocative artistic expressions with Jenny Holtzer, and shooting black and white photos of circus performers with Diane Arbus.

This weeklong event aimed to capture the power of visual arts through brief encounters with different art forms, artist, and artworks. It proved once again that a single experience and spark of inspiration could set free a world of creativity.


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