Welcome to Visual Arts

G7 presentations.

G7 presentations.

Students in Grade 7 took on the roles of anthropologists from the future. They "dug up" various objects from the 21st century and imagined the types of rituals for which they might have been used. There were social bonding rituals, coming of age rituals, special...

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Art announcements.

Art announcements.

Welcome back to everyone at ABIS after what I hope was a restful winter break for you all. It is with deepest condolences that I observe the passing of our late Sultan Qaboos. As a visitor from another country, I am amazed that one leader could contribute so much...

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IGCSE Art and Design.

IGCSE Art and Design.

Grade 10's coursework portfolios are well underway. After choosing a theme, students must complete a "fully realized" artwork. The portfolio captures the entire journey, from observational drawing and collecting sources, to investigating artists, to exploring...

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Methods of abstraction.

Methods of abstraction.

Grade 9 students learned how Western abstract art began and how to make an ordinary, real-life object abstract using a variety of methods like cropping, extending lines, and using multiple viewpoints. They have been using acrylic to render their own chosen objects...

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DP visual art.

DP visual art.

Sanna's current task is to choose an existing artwork she likes, create her own original piece as a response, and then design an exhibition that would feature both artworks in the same space. She has courageously opted to work on one of the largest canvases that we...

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From tar sands to fracking to cattle ranching.

From tar sands to fracking to cattle ranching.

Students in Grade 6 have researched some of the regional issues that are contributing to pollution and climate change. In their planning, they have chosen whether to portray a gloomy future in order to convince people to act, or a positive future that shows what we...

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G8’s surreal films, collages, and paintings.

G8’s surreal films, collages, and paintings.

Now that Grade 8 students know the history and elements of Surrealism, and how to generate Surrealistic ideas, they are hard at work creating their own original pieces. They may choose two of three options--to create a short film, to make a magazine collage inspired...

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Surrealist games.

Surrealist games.

Students in Grade 8 have been exploring the Surrealist art movement. This style of art is known for its unsettling, dream-like imagery. But the Surrealists weren't crazy--Salvador Dalí, André Breton, and others simply used a variety of word games, games of chance, and...

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Exploring rituals in G7.

Exploring rituals in G7.

In their new unit, Grade 7 made some connections to Individuals & Societies. They looked at a variety of human rituals from around the world, from the Maori haka to Balinese tooth-grinding and African mask dances. They learned that we use rituals for a variety of...

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G6: Investigating climate change.

G6: Investigating climate change.

This Tuesday, Grade 6 students finished watching the 2016 film Before the Flood, where Leonardo DiCaprio travels the globe to see the effects of climate change firsthand. Students shared their feelings, their wonderings, and their hopes, and identified some new...

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Basketball

Basketball

What a game! What a win! ABIS boys played Batang Gilas on Wednesday night in a very entertaining and exciting game. Both teams started nervously but ABIS gradually opened up a lead through some good baskets from Newton and some free throws from Julio. ABIS built on...

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Chinese ink painting in G10 art.

Chinese ink painting in G10 art.

The IGCSE Art & Design students worked hard to complete their first finished pieces, then selected the themes they will be using this year in the creation of their portfolios. Now we are enjoying a series of fun mini-lessons, chosen by the students, that will...

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G9 Sculptures Nearly Finished!

G9 Sculptures Nearly Finished!

Grade 9 art students have put finishing touches on their Oman-inspired sculptures, on display around the ABIS campus. This class was able to collaborate very effectively on the project. The groups made a lot of discoveries along the way, such as when Eaton and Maria...

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Exhibition works in progress.

Exhibition works in progress.

Our Grade 12 DP art students are busily working on their latest exhibition pieces. Shamma is painting in acrylic, exploring the concept of inside vs. outside and the things that we sometimes hide within. Sara has been making papier-mâché casts of faces and hands that...

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MYP Arts showcase Thursday Oct 31st

The MYP Arts performance has been moved to Thursday during the primary assembly time. We look forward to showing our creative products to the entire primary school and the ABIS community. The students have been working hard to create three art pieces simultaneously...

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G8 Arts Showcase: Systems!

G8 Arts Showcase: Systems!

Grade 8 art students have explored the Industrial Revolution and Futurist art movement, and are now well underway in making a robot-themed dance with original music and visuals. This project-based learning has allowed them to try digital drawing, stop-motion...

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Printing in G11.

Printing in G11.

Sanna in DP Visual Art is exploring the theme of transformation, using buildings as symbols to represent the rise and fall of human relationships. While investigating the works of artists like Albrecht Dürer and Andy Warhol, she is also building her own mastery of...

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While Ms. Rehil was away…

While Ms. Rehil was away…

I had the great pleasure of supervising the Grade 10 art class Tuesday. Students are working on pieces to submit for their IGCSE coursework portfolio. There was a diversity of intentions, techniques and media... A background in mixed media (for a portrait) a still...

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Grade 6 Arts Showcase.

Grade 6 Arts Showcase.

For their upcoming performance, Grade 6 dancers will be representing powerful forces of nature like forest fires, tornadoes, and volcanic eruptions. In art, they are exploring a variety of digital and traditional media to create the visual imagery that will be...

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G7: Cowboys versus Cyborgs.

Grade 7 students are exploring the theme of conflict for the upcoming Arts Showcase, where they will combine a choreographed dance, a musical backing track, and a video projection narrating a conflict between the past and future. This ambitious project requires a lot...

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