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YCIS Beijing Open Art Studio for All

June, 2014
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ycis-bj-open-art-studioFrom 5 to 17 May, Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) Artist-in-Residence Sara Barati created an open art studio for students, teachers and parents to experience. The art studio was implemented across all YCIS campuses and allowed the artists to exhibit their work in a very open and public area within each school. Throughout the two weeks of the open studio, classes came to visit Ms. Barati to learn about the different techniques used within the artwork and discover her inspiration for each piece. Students also visited during their break and lunch periods to admire the creative paintings. On the final day, in addition to Sara’s work, art created by Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary students was sold to raise funds for the YCIS charity Seeds of Hope, a charity that builds schools for underprivileged children in rural areas of China.

The Artist-in-Residence programme at YCIS was introduced in order to give students the opportunity to work alongside a professional artist. The artists develop projects with students that both encourage learning and revitalize the school environment while imparting knowledge of art in the real world. Ms. Barati explains her role at YCIS Beijing: “I initiate projects and hold workshops with students from kindergarten to secondary education. The projects are sometimes independent from the curriculum such as murals around the campus but there are also several curriculum-based projects, and the teachers may initiate these. In those cases, my role is to develop creative ideas with the teachers, plan the creative process and work with the students to bring the projects to fruition.”

After a very successful open art project, the students are already looking forward to the next studio experience.


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