The highly anticipated Nanjing International School Grade 12 Visual Arts Exhibition is the inspiring culmination of our art students’ International Baccalaureate experience. In it, they present a selection of their best work in a final show open to the community, articulating the thoughts, methods, and intentions behind their art. This year’s breathtaking Visual Arts Exhibition was the first to be held on campus since the pandemic, making it all the more significant to our student artists, those in attendance, and our entire school community.
At Nanjing International School, our IB Diploma Programme’s visual arts course encourages our students to challenge their own creative boundaries and cultural expectations. In it, students engage in, experiment with, and critically reflect on a wide range of contemporary practices and media. They develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, all while working towards their own technical proficiency and confidence as artists – and the empowerment of their voice through that art.
To learn more about the exhibition, its significance, and all the hard work that goes into the IB Diploma’s Visual Arts program at NIS, we asked Visual Arts teacher Ms. Sandy Kuan to share her thoughts and experience.
“On March 19, NIS proudly hosted its Grade 12 Visual Arts Exhibition. Approximately 80 guests were in attendance to congratulate our nine art seniors for their hard work, passion, and remarkable drive over the past two years despite the COVID-19 pandemic. These unsettling times meant that the students had to work under greater pressure than usual to meet the already highly challenging expectations of the IB Diploma Programme in Visual Arts. Artwork was carefully curated for the exhibition by each student artist from collections that were completed throughout the 2-year course. Their written curatorial rationale and exhibition texts that accompanied their artwork were telling of their personal stories and experiences through the art creation process.
This year, our rising Grade 11 student artists were also invited to take part in the art exhibition, contributing artwork from class as well as their own personal collection created outside school. Partaking in the exhibition was an invaluable experience for the Grade 11 student artists as they experienced first-hand how much work and collaboration are needed to host a successful exhibition. They also noticed how their creations were actualized to an incredibly high standard and how a well-written rationale and exhibition texts could further enhance the concept, meaning, and symbolism behind the artworks that were on display.
Congratulations again to our Grade 12 artists for their hard work and dedication to Visual Arts throughout their learning journey at NIS. The art exhibition is on display from now until March 25.”