We now have an instagram account set up to showcase recent photography from TASIS visual arts students! Find us at http://instagram.com/tasisarts. To submit your own photos, just add the hashtag #tasisarts to any images you would like to submit. We are also looking for an instagram team to help curate images that appear on the main feed. See me for details!
We recently had an opening for our annual all school exhibition. Thanks to everyone who came out to the opening. We hope you enjoyed the extraordinary student work on display from all divisional levels. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit, the show runs through the end of March. Stop by the Fleming Gallery soon!
This spotlight is about Karen Laanem, a senior in IB Year 2.
Karen has done outstanding work during these two academic years, her works include a huge variety of different media: drawings, paintings, photography and printmaking. Most of her works are related to her country and her family. She has done a lot of portraits of her relatives. She was inspired by the old pictures of her family, which she found at home in Estonia. She says those photos made an influence on her and she started to think about her own identity and her family. Her IB project focuses on the concept of identity and how she can find herself throughout her family and their history.
She wants to relate her future career and education partly to art, however it is not her main aim so far! She would love to connect her future education with business and art. Great work, Karen! We wish you the best!
Hey guys! I’ve seen that the brochures for this year’s Les Tapies program are starting to be shown to students, and thought that this would be a good time to share with everyone my experience last summer and how influential it was for not just me, but for my artwork. Whether you’re interested in Drawing & Painting, Photography, or Architecture, the program has classes for everyone’s interests. A professional photographer was the teacher last year, which is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all you photo students.
The view from the main outdoor patio.
On our way to paint en plein air!
The design and build group putting in a new stone patio.
Life figure drawing, featuring Mr. Smalley and a student working on a woodcut print.
One of the Wednesday excursions, to the Pont Du Gard. The Pont Du Gard is an ancient Roman aqueduct from the 1st Century AD. It is a raised channel used to carry water from mountains into cities. In this case, it carried water to Nimes.
Figure studies during Drawing & Painting. In the background, hung up on the wall, are drawings done in an exercise of switching seats with one another every five minutes and working on each other’s drawing of the same figure at different angles.Read More
Every Wednesday after school at around 7:00 in the Art Department Mr Seaberg and Mr Smalley created a possibility for teachers to learn for to draw and paint different objects (from apples to faces and human body’s shapes) in a variety of styles. The course has been running every week from November.
So, everyone is welcome to come to Art Department on Wednesday to improve their artistic skills.
Our new spotlight is about a creative and independent artist – Polina Zakharova (IB Y2 student). She has done a huge amount of artwork during this academic year, most of which is related to lobsters and splash studies, as well as a lot of figure drawings. She says that she takes her inspiration from any strong feeling, especially feelings from strong affection or hatred. As an emotional and sensitive person, her works are her way of expressing her feelings and her way of dealing with her feelings. She usually becomes inspired when experiencing powerful emotions.
“It wasn’t me, who chose lobsters, it was lobsters, who choose me.” This idea came spontaneously, as have most of her artworks. The definition she found, stated: Lobsters symbolize independence, solitude and regeneration. They live in seclusion, hiding themselves on the sea floor among the rocks and seaweed. ”After I’ve created some of the artworks with lobsters, I looked up the definition of this word and realized that there are a lot of similarities in the symbolic definition of lobsters with my own self.”
Her future plans are to apply to a couple of universities in America. However her biggest wish is to run her own gallery or even work as an art director in one of the leading art museums in the world. “Art in my greatest and favorite passion.”
In my opinion, she is very special person, who has a great ability to see something new and interesting in normal and ordinary things, and create great works of art from it.
This past Friday I went to the National Portrait Gallery to see the Jonathon Yeo show. I had heard about it from Mr. Seaberg and I’m glad I did because Yeo’s celebrity portraits are beautiful combinations of realism and abstraction. The exhibition room was small and crowded with people analyzing Yeo’s unique depiction of modern celebrities and political figures. On one wall by itself hung the magnificent portrait of Damien Hirst, who had never sat for another artist before. He is seated in his “chemical suit he wore to create his early formaldehyde pieces.” Other subjects include Greyson Perry, Malala Yousafzai, Nicole Kidman, and Helena Bonham Carter (above). Yeo works from both life and photography, and is very skilled in persuading his subjects to sit for him. Yeo’s style consists both of the tiniest brushstrokes with the most realistic outcomes, and very thick brushstrokes that almost appear to be different geometric shapes. He is not confined by the “box” and dares to utilize multiple styles of painting and drawing in each of his portraits. Most of his paintings consisted of a very detailed, luminescent faces and rough, faded backgrounds. This fantastic show is open at the National Portrait Gallery until January 11, and I urge you all to see it.
“Creating a true picture, an image or glimpse, of people we think we know and those we’ve never met.” Damien Hirst on Jonathon Yeo
I’m Kristina and new art blogger! I am from St.Petersburg, Russia; and its my second year in England! I’m a junior and I’m doing IB. This is my first year working with Mr Seaberg and Mr Smalley. I’m really interested in art history and architecture, as well as photography, painting and drawing. I love everything related to visual arts. And my main interest is film making!
Stalinist architecture in Germany
Stalinist architecture, which is also commonly refereed to as Stalinist Gothic, or Socialist Classicism, is the name for
architecture, which spread to many parts of Europe, under the Soviet occupation in the 1930‘s and 40‘s. The architecture is derived from what the Russian USSR leader, Joseph believed, would be the architecture of the future, and sustain it‘s powerful and majestic appearance for generations to come. This from of architecture mostly derives from a more classical form of architecture, which has many Russian features integrated within it. The style of building was also very Russian, as in order to look Russian or Stalinist, the buildings needed to seem powerful and lasting in their stability. Original Russian architecture can be seen in the image below:Read More