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Student of the month – Artist Angela Yiming Wei

In breaking news, we have just received the word that Angela has received an offer to study a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Parsons School of Design in New York for the next academic year.

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Having achieved the highest Level 9 in her GCSE Art course in year 11, Angela demonstrated a commitment to the Visual Arts that she has retained throughout her IB Art course. From the first day of class, Angela impressed with her ability to articulate difficult concepts and 3D designs, and her passion for research, annotation, and creative expression, which was clearly evident in her process portfolio and sketchbook. Angela is a talented artist and illustrator, and she is dedicated to the visual arts.

Angela has attended summer course programs at Parsons and NYU during her GCSE studies, where she focused on drawing techniques, art history, print making and sculpture courses. This past summer 2019, Angela took foundation courses in jewellery design and foundation drawing at Rhode Island School of Design. All of this has had a direct impact on her portfolio of work and Angela has developed both conceptually and in terms of technical skill.

In her comparative study, she compared works from Ana Mendieta and John Everett Millais, synthesizing cultural and historical perspectives to inform written analysis. Exploring themes of Decay became a central to her practical body of work. At first she explored physical and textural decay, through a series of crumbling sculptures, later she looked at metaphors for decay through portraiture and photography. Angela developed multimedia artworks in which she could develop her painting, large scale drawing and installation art. She has a solid understanding of a wide range of media and is not afraid to take risks in her practical portfolio.

Throughout the year Angela was an active participant in our class critiques and discussions, and she always supported her peers, she demonstrated an empathy for the opinions, feelings, and perspectives of others, along with her shrewd powers of observation, all qualities that makes her outstanding as a student of the Visual Arts.

Outside of the classroom, Angela is dedicated to her artistic pursuits, especially to working with charities, developing both freelance artworks and organising exhibitions to raise money for charity. She developed illustrations for the student newspaper and was involved with the IB CAS students who designed and produced sets and props for the school play “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”. She won the illustration competition for the inaugural edition of the Beijing Youth Literary awards and volunteered to teach art in Chenguangbaobei, a home for children with living with disabilities.

Angela has received an offer to study a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Parsons School of Design in New York for the next academic year. We congratulate Angela on this incredible achievement!

Ms. Helen Bramley

Head of Art

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