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.
Last Friday, our Grade 4 students shared their artistic talents through singing, acting, creative writing, painting and drawing as part of their Celebration of the Arts assembly. As part of their recent unit of inquiry, How we express ourselves, students wrote original scripts encompassing different aspects of the IB Learner Profile as part of a larger group story. They closed their assembly with a beautiful song, with adapted lyrics, encompassing all of the aspects we value in our learners here at AISL. As part of their special day, each student had a piece of artwork on display in the gallery connected to their unit on beliefs and values. Thank you to all of the families that were able to come out and support the event. Well done to Ms Natalie, Ms Hausman, and Mr Mulangala for helping the students pull all of their learning together over the six weeks.
We had our first two of six secondary coffee houses this past week. Last Friday night our High School Coffee House was held out under the stars on the deck of the Palm Pavilion. This Wednesday our Middle School Coffee House was held out by The Zone area in the middle school. Students shared many forms of creative expression: original songs, poetry, rap (in French, too!), instrumental pieces, stand-up comedy, and more. Students also served as the MC's and DJ's for these events. Coffee Houses give students a chance to develop confidence and poise in front of an audience and to share ideas and creative work. We look forward to the next round, which will be in February. A big thank you to Edwin Kamangala of our IT Department who is always helping us with light and sound for these events and to our maintenance crew for doing the heavy lifting of equipment and furniture.
Musicians from our secondary band ensembles demonstrated their musical skills and knowledge with the 5th-grade classes this week. The 5th-grade students are choosing which instruments they would like to learn this year and asked lots of enthusiastic questions and are eager to follow in the footsteps of amazing student musicians.
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: