“For students in the Diploma Programme (DP), I take a more hands off approach so they can progress their work. The only brief I gave Yino for this assignment was to think about her life and how she could reflect on where she currently is. The assignment for Missy was more about the technical side of art and how to take something basic like a piece of fruit and make it more interesting by altering and manipulating it.”
– BWYA Art Teacher Lindsay Warnes
Yino Xie, 17, China
I began this piece during a really intense period for DP students. We were in the process of taking our mock examinations and I started it as a way to relax and chill out. At first I intended to just paint the landscape but then I decided to add the horse to make the painting more dynamic. I took my inspiration from some of Monet’s work and so I wanted to focus on a sensitive use of light to lift the colors. I was trying to express the feeling of nature rather than recreate an image.
Missy Kim, 18, South Korea
I chose to paint oranges as they have so many interesting details. I worked with a lot of different colors to make it interesting and bring my painting to life. I started the piece a month ago and it took me a long time to get all the layers and lines right. I had to experiment with a lot of technical things like the angle of the brush I was using. I’m really pleased with the result.
This article originally appeared on page 44-5 of the beijingkids July 2015 issue. Click here to read the issue for free on Issuu.com. To find out how you can get your own copy, email firstname.lastname@example.org.