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The cardboard box challenge!

The cardboard box challenge!

Grade 8’s last activity before going online was to work in small groups to creatively photograph a cardboard box in as many ways as possible. There were no rules—the boxes could be held, moved around, suspended, painted, or even cut up and destroyed. At the end of...

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G10 done just in time.

G10 done just in time.

It is never easy to transition from face-to-face to remote learning, but thankfully Grade 10 students were able to get their unit artworks done before the shift, even if they had been planning on making a more polished final version. Congratulations to them all for...

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Art Mosaics inspired by Alma Thomas

Art Mosaics inspired by Alma Thomas

We studied the Artist Alma Thomas. Alma was inspired to make paintings based on shape and color. The students planned their own artwork based on the same principles. They created their colorful art using pieces of paper to make shape mosaics.

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Working on self-portrait collages.

Working on self-portrait collages.

Grade 7 students have done a lot of hard work to prepare for these artworks. We have gotten to the point where everyone comes in knowing exactly what they are going to work on that day, and can simply sit down and dig in. The atmosphere in the art space is fast-paced...

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Firing up the kiln!

Firing up the kiln!

After designing their treasure boxes, Grade 8 students crafted them using clay hand building techniques, like rolling out slabs and using scoring and slip to join two pieces together. After their greenware had dried, some students opted to apply underglaze in a...

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Art ePortfolios in progress.

Art ePortfolios in progress.

Students in Grade 10 have the rest of the month to finish their ePortfolio materials. Five will be submitting their visual art unit work to the IB for external assessment, while others will be submitting for music, design, or PHE. In the LC3 art space, there is a lot...

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ABIS starts a permanent collection.

ABIS starts a permanent collection.

The secondary school has been considering forming a collection of artworks from current and former ABIS students, framing them, and hanging them around campus. With the support of Mr. Robeau, our first dozen works have now been framed and look wonderful on display....

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Exhibition art prep

Exhibition art prep

We have been working on resting stencils of our exhibition topics. This is a challenging task as students have to think about their use of negative space when the art is finished.

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Digital Super Heroes

Digital Super Heroes

The grade 4 students have been learning about digital citizenship in their Information Literacy classes with Ms. Margot. The students have been discussing ways to be good digital citizens and prevent cyber bullying. Each student created a digital super hero with...

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Methods of abstraction.

Methods of abstraction.

Grade 9 art students have just finished their unit on abstract art and acrylic painting. After researching a 20th-century abstract artist, students created their own original works that were asked to meet a number of specifications. The paintings had to use at least...

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Making treasure boxes.

Making treasure boxes.

Grade 8 students are finally getting their chance to play with mud! Now that Oman Week is over, we are back to our regular curriculum work and that means starting the studio portion of the Treasure Boxes unit. After designing their boxes and making canvas templates,...

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Oman Week in Grade 8!

Oman Week in Grade 8!

This week, students in Grade 8 focused on two projects, each relating back to the broad idea that our perspectives are shaped by our locations in place and time. Mr. Perry led a Service as Action project in which students identified and mapped all of the plant species...

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Islamic geometry and tessellations.

Islamic geometry and tessellations.

This week, during Oman Week, Grade 8 combined visual art and math with an exploration of the patterns found in Islamic art and architecture. They looked at artwork from the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat, and learned about how geometric designs can represent...

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Value and proportion in G7.

Value and proportion in G7.

Grade 7 started their new unit by looking at a collage portrait of Steve Jobs by artist Jason Mecier. They noticed that the entire artwork was made using circuit boards and other computer parts, and discussed how our choice of materials can help to communicate an idea...

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Art: plant prints

Art: plant prints

We are studying plants and their growth cycle. In art class we made prints called crayon rubbings. The students learned about texture and practiced their fine motor skills.

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Art: intro to printing

Art: intro to printing

Grade 5 students took their first steps into print making. They designed simple images and transferred them to a foam plate. The students then experimented with paint to learn how to make clean printed images.

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Art: color math

Art: color math

The art students learned about primary and secondary colours by doing art math. For example red + yellow = orange. Each student explored color combing and were able to create their own color knowledge.

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Team-teaching in the arts!

Team-teaching in the arts!

Grade 10 students are beginning their ePortfolios, in which the IB provides teachers with unit plans and the students upload their completed unit work for external assessment. Since music and visual art are both MYP Arts classes, they both receive the same unit plan...

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Art: Found Objects

Art: Found Objects

The grade 5 students were challenged to create a piece of art that interacted with an object from their house. This was a great activity to help students expand their creative thinking and problem solving skills. Here are some examples from our lesson.

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Portraits are nearly done!

Portraits are nearly done!

Grade 10 students are nearing the end of a very in-depth exploration of portraiture and human facial proportions. Everyone is hard at work on their compositions, using the materials and expressive elements of their choice. It is rewarding to see 12 different students...

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