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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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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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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Today I want to talk about super talented Australian sculptor Ron Mueck, who makes sculptures which look like real people, by mostly using clay, silicon and plaster. His sculptures are very detailed and carry a huge psychological density. By looking at them some people could be very threatened, some of them would just stay-still and think how this could be possible. In my opinion, his sculptures are incredibly hyperrealistic, since you started looking at his works you can stop! You feel like you look at a real giant face of a real person standing next to you. You can see his work in Saatchi Gallery or Tate Modern.

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Oscar Wilde once declared that “art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” This statement might seem somewhat derogatory at first sight, but, upon closer inspection, it reveals one of art’s most important purposes on the planet – self-expression.

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The IB Arts show, which ran from 26 to 31 March, illustrates Wilde’s assertion perfectly. The fifteen artists who exposed their work after two years of intense work were able, through their multiple pieces and personal statements, to give their audience a snippet of their varied personalities, personal histories, cultural backgrounds, interests, and passions.

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Some chose to focus on their home cultures and familial connections to a greater history – every single one of Fey Martinez’s pieces, for instance, reflected her mother culture, Mexico, which she left at a young age. Karen Laanem, on the other hand, contemplated her family’s and her country’s past through a myriad of portraits.

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Others swayed smoothly between their original cultures and current interests. James McGoldrick displayed his interest for architecture by completing an extremely detailed panorama of London as seen from the east, with the Shard, the Tower of London, and Tower Bridge in the foreground, while still utilizing a series of depictions of war scenes to expose his country’s past. Jin Liu also used his portion of the exhibit to showcase his interest on architecture – in his case, deeply marked by a characteristic perfectionism.

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A variety of artists utilized their two years in the program to create a series of works based on one of their major interests. Renata Funari’s passion for contemporary art, especially the works of artists such as Ai Wei Wei and Damien Hirst, led her to work with less classical media, such as Polaroid photography. Malene Wisur’s pieces, which included photographs and prints influenced by the artist’s cosmopolitan experience, juxtaposed urban and rural landscapes. Lily Campbell, influenced by her years in Cairo, produced an abstract body of work that recalls the geometric patterns of Islamic art. Maddie Dale’s interest in cultural considerations led her to criticize modern Western civilization through her art, which addressed current societal issues through the fragmentation of the body.

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So Young Lim certainly depicted many of her personal interests, but her prolific body of work is, according to her, a means to express herself freely. A native Korean, she explained that art education in her country is based on rigid techniques that must be followed in order for pupils to earn high scores in secondary school and college art examinations. Coming to TASIS as a freshman, she was finally able to express herself through art without being afraid of subjective failure.

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Lastly, Polina Zakharova used art as therapy. Admitting that her interest in the field only bloomed much later in her life, she explained that the lack of freedom in boarding school led her to use it to escape a world of stern constraints to enter a looser, freer one. She allowed spectators to peruse her sketchbooks, which she took with her everywhere throughout her two years in the IB and which contain direct observational drawings, class notes, and phone numbers, among many other curiosities. She herself called her incessant drawing “obsessive”; her books and her show prove that she is, indeed, consumed by freedom.
These are just several of the gifted young artists who clearly devoted a great deal of their time to their work. Art has, once more, proved itself polyvalent by allowing fifteen adolescents to depict extremely diverse concepts such as culture, history, and freedom. Art might be intensely individualistic, but this year’s IB Arts show only reinforced its astounding plurality.

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Jason de Claires Taylor is an English sculptor specializing in making sculptures under the water which over time develop into artificial coral reefs. His exhibition are special and unique!!! One of his new and recent projects is to create the world largest underwater sculpture museum . He was an exhibition in England, Canterbury, Kent. The exhibition is situated in Canterbury City Council. Alluvia is one of those sculptures consisting of two female figures, the sculpture lies along the river flow. At night his works are internally illuminated. Jason de Claires Taylor uses Cement, Glass resin, recycled glass.

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Our new spotlight is about the incredibly talented and creative independent artist So Young Lim  (IB Y2). During her IB classes she has done a lot of amazing artworks using a huge variety of media. So Young is a super interesting and inspiring student for all of us. Her inspiration comes from, as she says, “Mr. Unconsciousness” and her dreams. She tries to transform all of her dreams on the paper. That is why all her work are so mysterious and magical. And now all of her incredible work has been rewarded! She was accepted to RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) a few weeks ago!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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