Welcome to Visual Arts

The Artist’s Room!

The Artist’s Room!

For my final Broadcaster post, I wanted to highlight some of the great learning that has been taking place in Grade 7 with one-point perspective. After examining Van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles, students practiced using a horizon line and vanishing point to create their...

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ABIS Arts Showcase in 3…2….1….

ABIS Arts Showcase in 3…2….1….

Its almost here!!! On Sunday, December 12, the ABIS Arts Showcase will go LIVE! This website will only be published for a short period of time so don't miss it! Check out the budding artists in the Primary, the emerging Sound Editors in the Secondary, and the rigorous...

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A message from Ms. Rehil.

A message from Ms. Rehil.

It is with a heavy heart that I say farewell to the ABIS community in my last full week at the school. Next Tuesday, my family and I will be flying to Michigan as I start my maternity leave and plan for the birth of my daughter. I have absolutely enjoyed the 2.5 years...

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The ABIS Arts Showcase is coming!

As we learn to live and thrive in a world with Covid-19, it is more important than ever to have the Arts. The Arts help us process our present, remember our past, and explore our future. In order to celebrate and display the work of our students, the ABIS Arts...

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Making cyanotypes in G8!

Making cyanotypes in G8!

Now that students in Grade 8 have finished their clay treasure boxes and put them on display, we are spending the last weeks before winter break exploring a very fun and distinctive printing technique. Before humans had access to digital cameras, we relied on...

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Art Club is back in session!

Art Club is back in session!

Now that ASAs are underway, the Art Club will be meeting every Monday afternoon from 3:10 until 4:00. Our first session began with a survey to determine the needs of all student members. Some have joined to gain extra studio time for finishing their in-class...

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G9 practices for next year’s ePortfolio.

G9 practices for next year’s ePortfolio.

Visual art students in Grade 9 are completing a mock ePortfolio unit, taken from an actual MYP Arts partially completed unit planner (PCUP) from a previous year. While the specific contents of an ePortfolio unit are always kept secret until November, the general...

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Treasure Boxes in G8.

Treasure Boxes in G8.

Students in Grade 8 have been working hard to design containers that will store and protect something personally meaningful. Our unit statement of inquiry states that "artists explore the relationship between an object's purpose and aesthetic appearance." In other...

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Celebrating our work on display.

Celebrating our work on display.

This short week included an important school visit by companies around Oman, and we were pleased to have an opportunity to show off some of our finished artworks to a wider audience. Our recent displays included finished abstract artworks from Grade 9, clay fantasy...

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Creative experimentation in G9.

Creative experimentation in G9.

After researching the history and methods of 20th century abstract art, students in Grade 9 are now busy planning and executing their own works of abstraction. How can we take a real-life object and break it down into something less recognizable? Here are some methods...

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Glazing clay tiles for service!

Glazing clay tiles for service!

When we set up the ABIS ceramics room, we decided to create tile swatches for each of our purchased glaze colors so that students in art classes would be able to see a preview of what each color looks like after firing. A number of students were interested in helping...

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Creative experimentation in G9.

Creative experimentation in G9.

After researching the history and methods of 20th century abstract art, students in Grade 9 are now busy planning and executing their own works of abstraction. How can we take a real-life object and break it down into something less recognizable? Here are some methods...

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G10 Unit 2: Ceremonial Vessels.

G10 Unit 2: Ceremonial Vessels.

Ritual objects have been in use since the beginning of human history. We usually think of figurines, incense burners and other treasures from ancient cultures, but what about our own contemporary rituals, like that morning cup of coffee or after-shower skincare...

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G7 Unit 2: Fantasy Fruit.

G7 Unit 2: Fantasy Fruit.

UK artist Kate Malone is inspired by the world around her, and combines natural elements to create sculptural forms that are totally new. Grade 7 students have been researching and sketching exotic fruits with interesting characteristics. Now that their creative...

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What’s new in DP visual art.

What’s new in DP visual art.

This year, grade 11 and 12 art students are grouped together in a split class. This is great because it allows for more sharing of ideas and techniques between peers. Our DP1 students have recently chosen conceptual themes to guide their art exploration over the next...

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Islamic geometry and color symbolism.

Islamic geometry and color symbolism.

In Grade 8, students practiced using the elements and principles of art to talk about an artwork. After learning that it was a tile mosaic from the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat, they discussed the characteristics of Islamic geometry and how abstract art can...

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Ephemeral art in Grade 10.

Ephemeral art in Grade 10.

Grade 10 students are starting the year with a fun little unit on using natural materials to make art that melts, rots, fades, breaks, or blows away over time. Our key concept, naturally, is change! After studying some artists and vocabulary terms, students began to...

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Welcome to Secondary Visual Art!

Welcome to Secondary Visual Art!

Hello to students, parents, and staff, both returning and new! For those of you who will be joining my class for the first time, my name is Erin Rehil and I teach visual art for the MYP and DP. Students in grades 9 and 10 will also work closely with me in my role as...

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Earth art in Grade 10.

Earth art in Grade 10.

After working so hard this year, Grade 10 students ended with a fun activity in which they learned all about earthworks and ephemeral art, then tried their hand at making their own! Please enjoy viewing their experiments, and maybe you too will be inspired to work...

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G9’s photo scavenger hunt.

G9’s photo scavenger hunt.

Students in Grade 9 have finished their graphic novels and are now working on a mini-unit about photography. We started with two scavenger hunt activities, looking in and around our homes for examples of texture, pattern, color contrast, and value contrast. Students...

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