Hi, I’m Pilar and am a junior at TASIS. From My Childhood I was been interested in the visual arts. My traveling experiences have allowed me to to develop a growing curiosity of and admiration for different societies and cultures. I am interested in more modern art work  placed relative to the  the spectrum of time. I am also drawn to alternative styles. What is of most interest to me however, is the human, more specifically, human thought and its abstractions and the portrayal of this through artwork. I hope the art blog will experience a great year with post of current artistic pursuits as well as posts on great influences from the past.



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Vivian Maier was the first photographer that I did research on last year and since looking at her work, I have learned what photography can really mean. After looking at her work, I really understood that photography can be what ever you want it to be. Vivian Maier inspired me to photograph what I wanted to photograph and I found myself really starting to look for certain photos when I would go out to shoot. Vivian Maier’s work also exposed me to the many ways that you can photography people. After doing this research, I found myself searching for interesting people on the street and trying to capture these abstract moments.

Here Maier has captured a moment in which the viewer is not completely sure of what is happening. We do not know why the police officer is holding this woman. We can only guess as to what is happening based on the woman’s expression. She appears to be a very strong woman emotionally and she appears to be standing up for what ever she believes in and not letting this police officer tell her what to do.

The composition of this photo is extremely well composed. Looking at the shadow created along the left hand side of the image, you can see the outline a figure and there is a nice shadow in the bottom right hand corner. All of these elements surround the main subject of the image, this wealthy looking woman. Maier has captured this very abstract moment in which she has this wealthy looking person almost shining in the sunlight, while everyone else around her is covered by shadows or are out of focus. This is the type of photography that inspired me to look at some of the themes that I enjoy exploring now, which include looking at a wide range of contrast in your image.


I took this photo over the summer while in Pisa, Italy. This is just one of many examples of photos that I have of people. Vivian Maier has inspired me to photography what I like and one of those themes is people. Looking at Maier’s work really opened my eyes to what you can do with photography. To me, this image means more than just a random person on the street. I love the woman’s expression because it matches the tiger on her shirt. Both of them are just staring at me, wondering why I am taking this photo of them, and that is what street photography is all about to me. The ability to capture moments in which people are saying something through their expression and that is what I learned from Vivian Maier.

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Hey Guys,

My name is Sarah and I’m a new senior at TASIS this year.  I’ve never blogged before so this is a first!

I’ve grown up all over but I’m from the beautiful Rockies of Colorado and am glad to be in England.

Since the 8th grade, my main focus in the arts has been photography.  Throughout my high school career, I have taken many photography courses including a two year AP photography course that I will complete this May.  I don’t really feel as though there’s a certain subject that I photograph the most, I take photos of anything and everything!

I’m excited to be part of the TASIS art blog and look forward to a great year!

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St.Petersburg is one of the best places to live, in my opinion, just because of it’s unique beauty. My hometown is most known because of it’s architecture, which is believed to be very special and even magic. This Russian town is full of various cathedrals, palaces and just ordinary houses, which look like a piece of art. All of the buildings, monuments and bridges carry a significant historical importance as well. For example “The Winter Palace” was one of the most famous King and Queen residence during the winter time, where all the upper classes of Russia were gathered. The building has hundreds of rooms with unique interiors which are still preserved nowadays for the visitors. The second name of “The Winter Palace” is “Hermitage”, which was given to the palace when it became a museum. This museum still works nowadays and is always welcome for any visitors to come and see not only the royal interiors, but lots of sculptures and paintings done by famous artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens, Monet, Manet, Matisse, Picasso, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Kandinsky, and many many others.

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Personally, I think, that the most beautiful building in St.P is “The Church of the Savior on Blood”. This Church doesn’t look like any others in the whole world, it has its own style and own “character”. This church is dedicated to the memory of assassinated Tsar Aleksandr II, who died exactly at the place where the church was built. That’s why it has its name, however most of the English-speakers tend to call it “Spilled Blood”, which actually carries exactly the same meaning. 


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How’s it going guys!!! My name is Fangfang (Ben)

I’ve been called in many ways by many people: Ben, Fangfang or Big Ben, but you can call me what ever you want.

Anyways. I’m in grade 11, and this is my first year in TASIS. The way I think about art is the freedom to express the thought and ideas into visuals, without being pushed or treated like a task.

I usually work on my own art just when ever I feel like it, or just draw what I like when ever it comes to mind. that’s why I can’t give my  best effort in any of my art classes i have took.

Painting and drawing really hook my interests, I usually do drawing and painting and a bit of cut-out. so I hope that I could contribute my best effort to this project, and get a chance to hangout with you guys.

Show me your imaginations!!!



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Hey everyone!

My name is Phil and this year I will be blogging on the TASIS Arts blog! This is my first year of blogging and I can’t wait to get started!

Home for me is New York, but my family and I have been living in England for 2 and a half years. Right now I am in 11th grade at TASIS. Last year I took Photo I and loved it from the start. Since then my exposure to photography has widened immensely. Currently I am taking Photo II with Mr. Seaberg along with 4 AP courses. I enjoy taking both film and digital photos and like to focus on natural, architectural, and street photography. I also love traveling and photographing what I see and where I go. IMG_9788

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Hi Everyone,

I’m Lidia! I am a senior at TASIS England this year and I am originally from Connecticut in the United States. I am half Turkish and half American and have been at TASIS since 7th grade. This year is my 6th and unfortunately, my final year of living in England. Being somewhat of an “old-timer” at TASIS, I have seen how much the art department itself has grown. Not only have I grown as an artist myself, but I have had such remarkable experiences throughout my high school years here, by having the opportunity to learn from both, my talented peers and also from my experienced and very encouraging art teachers.

My primary interest in art is photography, which I have been studying at TASIS for 3 years, both with Mr. Smalley and Mr. Seaberg. I am especially interested in documentary photography, which I have recently had the opportunity to display in a very personal self-exhibition at TASIS, consisting digital photographs of my recent travels.One of the most important key points of photography for me is, being unique and also having the ability to view/ interpret a photograph completely differently than how another person might view it.

I will be working as an editor in the TASIS Art blog this year and I am very much looking forward to a fantastic new and final year in the TASIS art program!

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My name is Olivia Weiner, I am a junior and it is my first year at TASIS. I love drawing and painting, but my real passion is photography, especially travel photography. I also have a passion for service. I look forward to exploring my interests and expanding my knowledge through the TASIS Arts Blog this year!

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Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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I’m Hayley Margolis and I’m a sophomore at TASIS. I’m originally from Florida, but I’ve lived all over the U.S., Switzerland, and I’m now starting my second year in England. I’ve been passionate about art ever since I first learned how to hold a pencil.  My favourite type of art is sketching and painting portraits because I find every portrait tells a different story. My goal on the blog is to combine my interest in portraits  with trending ideas around TASIS and London. This is my first time blogging and I can’t wait to get started!

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koudelka delacroix comparison

Revolutions have always been fundamental to the historical process. Moments of sudden, radical change are among the most influential in humankind’s history, and artists of all epochs have used them as a main theme in their body of work.
This is especially notable among French artists due to that nation’s brutal history. From 1789 on, painters focused a great deal on the Revolution and its impact on all layers of society. Moreover, because Bastille Day inaugurated a restless period in the country’s history, the collection of revolutionary artwork grew exponentially with the years; expert masters such as Jacques-Louis David portrayed important people and events in seminal paintings such as The Death of Marat (1793) and The Coronation of Napoleon (1806).
The civil struggle that culminated in an European war also led art into a nostalgic reaction called Romanticism. The movement – which arose out of a counter-reaction to the Enlightenment, one of the main catalysts of the French Revolution – was characterized by its emphasis on emotion and passion and its glorification of nature, mythology, and the past.
One of the exponents of the movement was Frenchman Eugène Delacroix. His large paintings represented a break from the perfectionism of French Neoclassicism and laid the ground for pre-Modernist movements such as Impressionism and Symbolism. Even though most of his work focused on celebrated historical or mythological scenes, one of his most prominent canvases is a representation of an event that took place during his lifetime – les Trois Glorieuses, or the July Revolution, which ousted King Charles X and replaced him with Louis-Philippe, Duke of Orléans.


July 28: Liberty Leading the People is a celebration of revolution and republicanism. It depicts Marianne, the symbol of the French Republic, leading a revolting throng against the decadent monarchy. It is a highly symbolic painting whose various allusive elements evoke an entire society’s transformation.

The urban background on the right stresses the growing impact of the Industrial Revolution in France and Europe, which deepened class rifts and eventually sparked Marx’s Communist Manifesto. Delacroix, nevertheless, juxtaposes that with the eclectic mob on the right. Marianne glances at the two characters in the front – a bourgeois and an urban worker – as if blessing them. Indeed, the patriotic figure exhorts the unity of the French people, calling all social classes to fight together against despotism and oppression. She stands over a pile of dead bodies – presumably monarchists and republicans –, recalling the sacrifices that must be made for freedom and, once more, glorifying revolution. Because Marianne embodies liberty, her position in the painting also echoes the triumph of democratic ideals over unregulated absolutism.

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