IB Artist Profiles

Our Grade 12 IB visual arts students are preparing for their final exhibition and exam in April, so please mark your calendars for our Opening Night Reception on Thursday, April 13. The exhibition will then be displayed for two weeks in our Stanfield Dining Hall/McLellan Annex.

After the March break, our students will be focusing on planning their display, writing a rationale and exhibition texts, and uploading their artwork. It has taken months of preparation, and each student is required to produce a number of artworks based on their own direction or theme. This year, we have 17 Grade 12 students who will be exhibiting their work. The Grade 11 IB art students will be assisting our Grade 12 students with their displays as well as showing their work.

Until the Art Show, we will be showcasing our artists, highlighting one of their favourite projects during this two-year course. I hope you enjoy reading the profiles of our young artists. This week, we are highlighting Doreen Xing ’23, Zara Yang ’23, and Yunni Lai ’23.
Doreen is from Beijing, China and has been at KES for five years.
I have chosen my oil painting to share with everyone. I was inspired by a photo that I had taken of a small fishing village, San ya, China. I was pleased with the mood of the photo and the fishing boats in the foreground. I wanted to focus on the light and how it was hitting the boats and the sunlight. I have found that the thread throughout my work this year has been an interest in the light and how it hits the subjects.
Future plans: I plan to attend university in Canada.
Zara is from Henan, Zhengzhou, China and has been at KES for four years.
I have chosen the share my oil painting. This painting was inspired by a photo that I had taken in my hometown of Henan, China. The photo was taken as we were driving to the shopping mall in Henan. I was attracted to the clouds and the strong diagonal of the highway bridge. This photo also reminds me of home, and it was my first oil painting. I had worked with acrylic paint in Grade 10. I have found it easier to blend the shapes and colours of the clouds using oil paint.I have found that my direction throughout my studio work in IB has been focusing on my culture and home.
Future plans: I plan to attend university either in Canada or the United States.
Yunni is from Xiamen, China and has been at KES for two years.
I have chosen a painting that reminds me of home. I was influenced by a photograph that I had taken while I was home in Xiamen. When I saw the photo, I was inspired by the sunset, the effects of the lights, the shapes of the people and the sunset (the light source). I wanted to simplify the people to put the focus on the light. I have found that my studio work in the IB program has been based around my culture and my home.
Future plans: I plan to attend university in Canada.
Sandy Stewart
Junior and Senior School Art Teacher

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