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Grade 12 exhibitions!

Grade 12 exhibitions!

The school closures caused by the coronavirus had an unprecedented impact on students around the world. Many DP art students were unable to hold their exhibitions and get feedback from friends, family, and other members of the community. Sadly, this was true at ABIS...

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IGCSE coursework.

IGCSE coursework.

Students in Grade 10 are preparing for their Art and Design exams next month on April 6th and 7th. They are also finishing up their coursework portfolios to submit shortly after the exams. Just today, Emma has completed a beautiful, highly challenging portrait of her...

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What’s new in art club?

What’s new in art club?

Our art club ASA has been very welcoming and relaxed. Everyone is working on their own area of interest, whether that happens to be character design, digital painting, or traditional 2D and 3D materials. Some weeks, students will use the extra studio time to work on...

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G7 learning about color theory.

G7 learning about color theory.

In Grade 7, students have looked at the expressive colors used by German-American painter Wolf Kahn. Our goal is to create our own unique landscapes based on places that are important to us. In order to be successful, we need to make our own color wheels, practice...

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DP visual art update!

DP visual art update!

In Grade 11, Sanna has nearly finished a large-scale oil portrait that has taken a lot of time and energy to create. The piece shows evidence of a tremendous amount of learning, artistic development, and experimentation with painting techniques; well done to Sanna! In...

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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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