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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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 traveling back to Estonia and finding old pictures of her family. She says those photographs made an influence on her and she started to think about her own identity. 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 partly to art and she would love to connect her future education with business and art. Great work, Karen! We’re looking forward to seeing your upcoming exhibit in the IB Final Exhibition.

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Karen printing a linocut with the press.


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 A portrait series inspired by old family photographs discovered by the artist on a recent trip to Estonia.


A series of digital photographs taken in Estonia on family property.


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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.

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I recently had a chance to interview Kyle Lemon, who is an independent-study photography student here at TASIS England. Starting off, I asked him what is his inspiration for taking landscape photographs. Kyle said that his inspiration comes from his love for and interest in nature, his Canadian heritage, and his curiosity in architecture and its similarities and relationship with nature. I also talked to him about the techniques he uses in the dark room. Kyle replied by saying that, though his techniques are similar those developed and taught by Mr. Smalley and Mr. Seaberg in the photography course, Kyle has found that a clear work space combined with an almost assembly-line attitude towards the developing and fixing stages of creating prints allow him to be efficient and successful. He also remarked that coming outside of class time, especially after school, allows him to dedicate a longer period of time towards his work and at full concentration. When taking a photo Kyle looks to have a balance in composition, using a echoes and rhymes, and patterns to create an immersive and emotional photograph. He likes to capture seemingly simplistic photos, but as you dive deeper into the details of the photo it becomes more complex and intricate, as specific parts of the photograph become increasingly essential to the success and beauty of each photograph. Kyle would like to become a professional photographer, though he feels that it will probably remain as a hobby. When you look at Kyle’s work he would as if you are actually in the exact space and time that he took the picture in, though question and think about the location; to recreate the same atmosphere and emotion as he felt encapsulate and experience similar to when he took the photograph. Well that’s a little bit about Kyle Lemon. Stay tuned for more!!!










Beatriz is a graduating senior who has really been turning it on in the studio. After switching gears with her work earlier in the year, she’s now looking at it in an entirely new way. Beatriz came to the realization that the theme she had been working with just wasn’t getting her going and decided to make it more “fun.” Since then, she’s discovered a passion for experimenting with materials and has been having a blast in the studio. We are looking forward to seeing her work, along with the rest of the IB Year 2 art students in the upcoming Final Exhibition this Thursday!



Cameron is a graduating senior who is interested in character and game design. He has thoroughly explored his area of interest over the last several years at TASIS and he has produced quite an outstanding body of work. We are looking forward to seeing his work, along with the rest of the IB Year 2 art students in the upcoming Final Exhibition!

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