Australian International School’s (AIS) annual exhibition showcasing artwork created by International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Visual Arts students is underway.
On Friday, April 2nd, the third floor of the international school transformed into an art gallery that featured visual pieces from 12 graduating students. The IB program requires students to complete a creativity, activity, service (CAS) project and those in the visual art department created projects of thematically linked pieces that spanned mediums from paintings to sculptures to photographs and mixed media installations.
The gallery of featured works offered students an opportunity to show their peers, teachers and parents what they had been working on and explain their process and motivations. The diverse works touched on topics such as migration, social media personas, beauty standards, and family bonds. Thanh Thao, for example, explained to Saigoneer that she chose to focus on the effects of the American War in her project “Emotion,” in part to honor her aunt who was killed during strategic bombings in Northern Vietnam. Thao hadn’t originally planned to pursue art, but found the program to be a nice balance with her academic coursework. She will study medicine in Australia next year.
For some of the AIS students, the exhibition is the first of likely many in their artistic careers. Hoang Nhat Anh, for example, will attend the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design in the fall after being predicted to score 44 out of 45 on the IB examinations. Her work focuses on modernization and the evolution of culture amidst urbanization. When discussing her artwork she admitted that it was probably more challenging to work on the projects than in past years because of COVID-19, but the dedication of her teachers and the support of her peers made it a successful year.
The exhibition is a perfect example of the school’s emphasis on providing a well-rounded education that encourages creative development and leadership skills alongside academic success.