The DP Visual Arts students in Ms. Nevers' class have finished their course, which culminated with an Exhibition that they showcased in the AISL Tiyende Pamodzi Theatre Gallery for a small group of parents last Thursday. It has certainly been challenging for the students as they missed studio time in the art room due to campus closures during the pandemic. They have overcome these obstacles and created spectacular artwork. Please take some time to view their wonderful artworks, shared here below, and to read their explanations of their art.
Our next high school coffee house will be held on Friday 9 April from 19:00-20:00 on the deck of the Palm Pavilion. Students in grades 9-12 will have the opportunity to share many forms of creative expression in a safe, supportive manner. Our most recent high school coffee house, held November of last semester, was a huge success and we were all thrilled to be sharing a live experience amidst the pandemic. To ensure everyone's health and safety during this event, we will once again follow these protocols:
1. Temperature screening and hand-sanitizing upon entering campus (as usual)
2. Maximum capacity limited to 50 high school students based on a first-come, first-served Google Doc students access via the Student Portal (priority goes to students who are also performing)
3. Socially distant seating
4. All audience members AND performers will wear masks properly for the entire event
Sometimes young adults need a gentle nudge to be an IB risk-taker and share at an event such as this. If you feel that this applies to your son or daughter, please consider encouraging him or her to perform. In the past, students have shared in many ways: poetry, prose, improvisation, music, song, juggling, stand-up comedy, and dance (to name a few!). Every time a student has mustered the courage to share at coffee house, they have been glad they did and have grown from the experience. The High School Student Council is coordinating this event with support from Secondary School Librarian Ms. Terry Maguire. Should you have any questions, please reach out: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms. Nevers' MYP Gr10 Visual Arts students have been creating art inspired by COVID and other social issues. Students began the unit with library-based research sessions to develop a deeper understanding of their topics, and then began the process of designing and creating their pieces. Please take a moment to enjoy this virtual gallery walk of their pieces with student-written commentary about each one.
This past Friday we had our first HS Coffee House since campus reopened. Due to size constraints (capped at 50), we had advance sign-ups and respected social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines during the event. We had more than 15 performances that included instrumentals, songs, spoken word, rap, and even magic tricks. We managed to hold the event outside on the beautiful deck of the Palm Pavilion and though it threatened to rain, it fortunately held off!
The Coffee Houses, a long-standing AISL tradition, provide students with a supportive venue for sharing a range of forms of creative expression. We believe that every student can grow through performance experiences and that they benefit from having a live audience. I am always in awe of how kind and supportive our students are of each other at events like this. Many thanks to the teachers who came out to support the event, to Mr. Edwin Kamangala and Etai for help with light and sound, to our HS Student Council for helping to publicize and organize, and to our Nemchem and maintenance staffs who helped with set-up and cleaning. We are already looking forward to the next one!
Photos by T. Maguire
We have a wonderful coffee house tradition in the secondary school of AISL that offers students a chance to share many forms of creative expression in a relaxed, supportive environment. Students have shared song, instrumental pieces, dances, improv theatre, stand-up comedy, poetry, and more.
Our first upper secondary (Grades 9-12) coffee house of the year will be held on the outside deck of the Palm Pavilion on Friday 20 November from 19:00-20:00. Space will be limited to the first fifty students who sign up, with priority going to the students who plan to perform / share at the coffee house (sign-up sheet is posted in the AISL Student Portal and this has been announced at assembly). We will need a minimum of 15 acts in order to host the event, as we want to make sure that it will be worthwhile for all attendees.
We look forward to scheduling a Middle School Coffee House (grades 6-8) at a later stage as we adjust our organization of coffee houses in light of COVID health and safety protocols. We will keep everyone posted.
Please feel welcome to give your son or daughter a nudge to share at this upcoming coffee house! Students who perform often say how empowering it is to put their ideas out there to a real audience.
The High School Student Council will be helping to coordinate this event, with Ms. Maguire (Secondary School Librarian) serving as the faculty advisor. Please feel welcome to send any questions to email@example.com.
This past week students in Ms. Nevers' Gr9, 10, 11, & 12 Visual Arts classes have been exploring a wide range of issues in visual arts, together with support from the secondary school librarian.
In Grade 9, students are exploring the role of chitenge in Zambian culture, as well as the way that space communicates values. The Grade 9 Visual Arts students are in the early stages of creating their own original patterns, inspired by chitenge and incorporating their own personally relevant symbols, in order to paint new ceiling tiles for the secondary library.
In Grade 10, students have embarked on a unit about "artivism," which deals with the role the arts play in creating social change (a combination of "art" and "activism"). We read the article "Why Art Has the Power to Change the World" and shared our reactions on a padlet. We explored several examples of "artivist" works and shared findings in small "breakout" groups. Students are reflecting on issues about which they are most passionate that will lead them to create their own artivist pieces.
In Grade 11, we considered the question, "In a time of crisis, is art essential?" and explored artists of the student's choosing from among these eight artists referenced in this recent NYT "True Believers" issue. We also discussed themes and issues in art that are likely to stem from the COVID pandemic era.
In Grade 12, students have explored a range of open source on-line art resources, reviewed how to cite art, and have looked at Comparative Study exemplars to work on the development of their own comparative studies. Many resources and videos for these lessons may be found on the Visual Arts Libguide (PW: same as for parent portal).
Image citation: "Artivism" retrieved from threadless.com/artivism
Every semester I showcase the MYP student's visual artworks in the Tiyende Pamodzi Theater Gallery. This year I have done a Virtual MYP Visual Arts Exhibition. The students have produced some great work this semester and have thoughtfully written about their process so please enjoy.
Secondary Visual Arts teacher.
Our High School singers continue to engage with collaborative music making during Distance Learning.
Invited to the "VOICE" project, an initiative from a team of students at Frankfurt International School, Adhiambo, Bernice, Deborah, and Zauritz demonstrated their passion for singing through this globally-minded endeavor which involved 80 students from 35 countries around the world.
The composition selected for this Virtual Choir project is “The Song We Sing” by Jacob Narverud. The lyrics speak of peace, solidarity, and hope. As mentioned by the leaders of this project, "this is exactly what the world needs in this time of uncertainty!"
You make us proud, Leopards! Well done.
We are thrilled to announce the opening of our Class of 2020 DP Visual Arts show this Thursday, 7 May, from 17:00-18:00 Central Africa Time. We will celebrate the stunning artwork of students in Ms. Laurey Nevers' class, grouped by a theme each artist has chosen:
Each artist's "About the Artist" slide will include a link to a Google Meet so that you can enter a chat with that particular artist. The artists will be available for the full length of the virtual show (17:00-18:00 Central Africa Time). If you can't make the live virtual event, you will be able to visit the Virtual Visual Art Show at any point after the live event by using the libguide link and the password (the password is the same one used for the virtual library).
Please attend the show as you will be dazzled by the stunning work these artists have created- on top of all their other DP subjects and commitments! Please congratulate their dedicated teacher, Ms. Laurey Nevers, as well. Hope to see you there!
Hello AISL Middle School Families! All MS students received an email from Ms. Maguire back on 7 April with details for how to post videos to Flipgrid (a safe, secure, private platform) for our upcoming MS Coffee House. In many ways, being at home gives students a chance to showcase more forms of creativity than they might be able to share in the MS Zone- including performances with other family members (bring back those family bands of the 70's!). Here is just a short list of a few forms of creativity students could share via video (and there are so many other possibilities!):
- Musical acts (again, I would be ecstatic to see at least ONE family band post a video!)
- Dance acts
- Tricks with your dog
- Skateboard moves
- Swimming moves
- Stand-up comedy
- Piece of original writing
- Horseback riding
- BMX tricks
- Basketball moves
- Clip of you cooking and giving tips
Performances are limited to 2:30 (two minutes thirty seconds). Lyrics / words need to be clean, school-appropriate, and culturally sensitive. No videos can be recorded in bedrooms.
Videos can be made at any point and posted to this grid (due by midnight Central Africa Time Monday 20 April). Students have the grid code (just ask them!).
Ms. Maguire will approve videos (so that people cannot see them ahead of time)- and then share them all at noon (Central Africa Time) on Tuesday 21 April. Students can post comments or post video responses on the Flipgrid.
Hope to see a lot of creativity shared on the grid! If you have any question, please email Ms. Maguire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Leopard's Tale is our main medium to keep our families informed on such things as the day to day happenings on campus, after school activities, summaries of any arts and sports events, helpful resources, and important dates and reminders.
Parent Information Sessions
Here are the upcoming sessions – all parents are welcome and encouraged to attend: