Sunday, May 17, 2012. CISB held its IB Art Grade 12 + Exhibition opening at Va Va Voom Restaurant in The Village at Sanlitun, the exhibit will run through Thursday, May 21. Grade 12 artists included Valerio Vigano, Meongjin Kong, Christine Wei, Arianna Russano, and Isaac Alonso with special guest Omega Li Xiao Yi. Grade 11 artists included Yuri Yang, Richard Wang, Michelle Liu, Hanna Ryu, Joanna Wong, Maggie LaFleur, Blodwen Chan, Ching Ting Wong, and Eileen Li.
The exhibition was a mix of modern and traditionalist art, students showed their passion for different types of art through their paintings. Friends, parents, and teachers came to the exhibition to show their support and view the works of students.
Christine Wei, talked about her passion for Pop Art, the likes of Jasper Jones (her favorite!) and Andy Warhol. Her black dial telephone painting is a screaming image of pop art. The CIS students seemed not only capable of showing still life vases, but also more minimalist contemporary art. Yuri Yang’s painting with eyes and prism shapes was a mix of Picasso’s cubism and Salvador Dali’s themes.
Joanna Wang expressed her interest in spray painting, and said that she likes experimenting with different mediums.
Apart from being influenced by different types of art and using different mediums like spray painting and chalk, one student also tried to show awareness for smoking. The huge tube made to look like a cigarette bomb with a prohibition sign drawn on to the canvas sends a clear message of “No smoking”.
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The CISB IB Art program has not only helped the students to develop better drawing and painting (technical) skills, but has also enriched their cultural and art history education as well. Christine a 12th grader who will be graduating from CIS this Tuesday, June 21st, says that she will be studying art at Simon Fraser University in Canada. A vibrant art program in high school can not only influence students to be more creative but also to help them realize their dreams and lead them to a major or career in art. And even if art is not their chosen path of study, it can help make them all the more rounded and live even more colorful lives.