The colourful flowers in the middle of the hall were created by Justin from Grade 11. Influenced by ancient Greek culture, he created the piece in reference to the crumbling architecture and ruins he experienced on a family holiday. He was inspired by the contrasting colourful flowers which symbolised new life to the decaying environment they were flourishing in.
The IB Diploma Programme encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers.
The course encourages students to actively explore the visual arts within and across a variety of local, regional, national, international and intercultural contexts. Through inquiry, investigation, reflection and creative application, visual arts students develop an appreciation for the expressive and aesthetic diversity in the world around them, becoming critically informed makers and consumers of visual culture.
NACIS students will have the opportunity to visit the exhibition over the week. On the opening day, they crowded into the gallery with great enthusiasm during break. Some gathered around the paintings to appreciate each brush stroke, while others exchanged their favorite works. Through regular work exchange, our students will grow into art learners, creators, appreciators and reflectors in such a learning atmosphere.
The exhibition was curated by G12 students. In addition to completing their own visual art works, IB students were also responsible for the planning, arrangement and on-site interpretation of the art exhibition. During the one-month curation process, we witnessed the change from an ordinary classroom to a well-planned and personalized NACIS art gallery.
The walls are covered with sketch painting, oil painting and photography works with colorful electronic playing in the mobile LCD screen. In the center of the gallery are several separate shelves where students' handcrafts are displayed. Art works hanging in the air can also attract audience's attention.
In front of the enthusiastic audience, our IB students also explained the connotation and ideas behind the works. Since the secondary PTA who attended the exhibition had doubts about university application, our IB students (Vivian, Ruby and Rita) who have successfully received many offers from well-known overseas universities also shared their experience of university application with parents.
It is worth celebrating that Vivian has received several offers from the world's top art colleges with her outstanding performance in visual arts, including California Institute of The Arts, Pratt Institute of Art in New York and Parsons School of Design in New York. Ruby has also received offers (major in business) from some top universities in the UK. We hope that they can fully show their talents in their favorite fields in the future.