A beautiful new tree graces the reading loft of the secondary library. This was a gift to the library from four of our Grade 11 Visual Arts students: Natasha, Victor, Jerry, and Christopher. These four students spent countless hours after school and during unstructured time working on the design, creation, and installation of this piece. All of the art work in the secondary library was made by our visual arts students- from the ceiling tiles created by this year's Grade 9 Visual Arts students to the Girl With the Hoop Earring painting, a Zambian take on Vermeer's classic Girl With the Pearl Earring piece. Our space has been literally co-created by our students. We look forward to when we can have parents passing through once again to enjoy our beautiful space, but for now, we are sharing some pictures of the new tree along with the story of how it was made here. Please congratulate Victor, Natasha, Jerry, and Christopher on this wonderful accomplishment that is such a gift to our school.
Photos by T. Maguire
The grade 10 art class researched plastic pollution and worked with plastic waste this semester. They installed plastic flowers, mushrooms, birds etc in the tree outside the art room to create a site specific installation. This highlights the incursion of plastic into our natural environment.
They also created sculptures and displayed them outside the art room, K7.
Ms Nevers, Secondary art teacher
Our Grade 11 DP Visual Arts students went on an actual (not a virtual!) field trip this past Friday to Chaminuka Lodge. Chaminuka is located near the international airport and offers the largest private collection of African art in Zambia. This was the perfect venue for a field trip because the lodge is open to the air and many of the art pieces are sculptures set throughout the beautiful grounds. Some students were gathering information for their Comparative Studies, one of the major assessments for DP Visual Arts, and others were researching specific Zambian artists for Visual Arts Extended Essays. The field trip presented an outstanding opportunity to learn about Zambian art, and there are even pieces in the collection by two of our AISL Visual Arts teachers: Ms. Laurey Nevers (Secondary School Visual Arts) and Mr. Mwamba Mulangala (Primary School Visual Arts). Chaminuka also has an incredible collection of traditional art that we were able to explore. We are all grateful to the Chaminuka staff for warmly welcoming our students for this wonderful learning opportunity. If you have not been to Chaminuka, it is well worth a trip!
Photos T. Maguire
This past Friday we filled every available space for our 50-person max HS Coffee House. Students and teachers gathered on the deck of the Palm Pavilion under the brilliantly clear stars and enjoyed thirteen performances. The acts included song, instrumental pieces, dance, a TED Talk, juggling, and poetry. As usual, our students created such a safe and supportive atmosphere that at the end of the scheduled performances, a couple students summoned the courage to step up to the mic and share. Our HS Student Council did a fantastic job of organizing the event, which includes promoting, set-up, emceeing, and clean-up.
This HS Coffee House was a bittersweet one for our seniors, as it was their last before graduation. We would like to recognize some of our seniors by name:
Mr. Illingworth, our Band Director, and Ms. Maguire, our Secondary School Librarian, will be moving on at the end of this year and have loved supporting and helping to grow the creative arts culture at AISL. They are confident that it has become such an ingrained part of AISL that the students will carry it forward!
Photos by T.Maguire & S. Seiler
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
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