OCIS国 际 艺 术课程包括
英文视 觉 艺 术 、 音 乐 、 戏 剧
International Arts (Visual Art, Music, Drama)
Primary Visual Arts Teacher
B.A (hons) in Fine Arts.
Working as an artist, writer and teacher in both Visual/Fine Arts and Music in Norway and England.
Won the Outstanding Student Award while in University.
“Art is the activity by which a person, having experienced an emotion, intentionally transmits it to others”
Art is about communication
(Communication), from the Latin word communis or common: a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs or behavior, or a technique for expressing ideas effectively.
With this definition we can say that ART IS A VISUAL LANGUAGE，where every brushstroke in a painting might be seen as a letter in a word, every angle in a sculpture might be seen as a word in a sentence, and every object in an installation might be seen as a sentence in the story the artist wants to communicate.
Art is a universal form of expression, as elemental as speaking or singing. When creating it is not just about drawing or painting something beautiful, but the possible creation of something profound and meaningful.
In its purest form art is a tool of communication with the potential of providing us with a unique and honest portrayal of the world around us, as well as the world within.
An interesting story. At the beginning of school, I left an assignment for the children and asked them to draw two works, one is art that they understand, and the other is not-art. The picture below was specially displayed at OCIS Gallery because I want to tell students that they should open up their understanding of art. It is often not a work of art, and if it is presented in a special form, it can also be regarded as a work of art. Therefore, I hope I can lead the children to reconstruct their understanding of art.
Why do we make art?
“Art should be about ALL that finds a place in the mind of man”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Heg
Why should art only be about what is beautiful?
Especially when we all have very different ideas about what beauty actually is?
Art is being used to be critical to society, to document what goes on around us, and to show what it means to be a human being at different times in history...
Art is also about self-expression, and if the artist creates with total honesty and integrity, the result will be a unique expression.
What’s the main objective of art courses for OCIS primary?
Everyone can make art, even those without innate talent or professional training, but few of us are able to turn our observations or imaginings into art as easily and naturally as a child.
At the same time a child’s expressiveness is fragile. When art teachers assign projects with strict parameters or emphasize technical perfection, the natural creativity can quickly turn to conformity, especially when it comes to the younger students.
For these students (G1-4), it should first and foremost be about developing their creativity, as well as channeling their interior worlds into art, often using “Free-form creation”, where the teacher acts more like a guide; someone that can challenge and encourage them.
Relevant pieces form modernism and the contemporary period (after 1962) will be presented as inspiration for each weekly project, although indirectly (without too much additional information) for Grade 1 to 4.
However, no direct copying form photos or already existing artworks will be allowed, as this will interfere with the development of a personal artistic language. Stylistic similarities are of course inevitable, but individual thinking should be nurtured, encouraged and rewarded.
WHY RATHER THAN HOW
For grade 5 and 6 each project will be a bit more structured. It will be about why, rather than just how. More detailed information on art history will be given, and the question what is art? Will be the starting point for the whole curriculum; by that challenging each students perception about art.
Personal expression will still be the goal, but for grade 5 and 6 it will also be about increased understanding and critical thinking.
For me as teacher, the main objective will be to help each student become more self-aware, empathic and collaborative, as well as cultivating creative thinkers, not necessarily professional artists.
Taking the recent curriculum content of Grade 5-6 as an example, students will use the superposition and reconstruction of basic geometric shapes and organic shapes, starting with sketching, and then in the form of collage to create works.
The purpose of this course is to help students learn specific shapes and identify them in the environment; To create original works of art using these
shapes. And to see how the same picture can change when using different techniques and materials.
In addition, every month, the art teachers will award the best art-piece of the month at the primary school assembly. In your eyes, it may not be the most beautiful work, and its color and composition may not be professional. But in Ms. Stein's eyes, this work may reflect the child's deep understanding and expression of art, which is the most honest and creative language.