Visitors to campus this month will find a collection of engaging art displays throughout the Crum Student Center, across school grounds, and in other buildings. As part of their IB Visual Art Course, students in this class created art installations around campus that would engage viewers in reflecting on our community.
All of the students in this course are senior participants in the two year IB Art course. Students participate in the IB Art course as IB Diploma candidates or as an individual elective to challenge their artistic growth. During the school year, students develop their portfolio, their creative processes, and their ability to illustrate visual abilities and critical thinking.
In this particular project, students were challenged to create a three-dimensional art installation, using physical space to express a concept. One element, noted by IB Art teacher and Director of Visual Arts Amy Wilson was that students didn't need to be "good" at drawing to find success. Rather, this was a conceptual project that really encouraged students to think conceptually and demonstrate a set of ideas.
Student installations have been put up around campus, and accompanying artist statements explain each concept. Some installations involve audience participation and aim to engage community members.
At a recent school meeting prior to the installation of their projects, students provided background for the whole community about the artistic process behind each of their projects and explained how others might experience the large scale demonstrations across campus.
In addition to viewing some of the student photos on Flickr, you can also learn a little about Nico's experience – one of our international students – from a recent interview.