IB VISUAL ARTS Introduction to Media Exploration:
A large part of Visual arts is exploring ways to make art with not just traditional art materials like paint, pencil and clay, but also the ability to innovate, have fun and explore new ways you can use materials to make art.
Grade 11 and 12 were given challenge tasks to introduce this skill of exploring and problem solving new ways to visualize using unconventional media.
Grade 11 were given prompts and had to create it only using 1 piece of white paper alone.
Grade 12 went back to their childhood days and were tasked to play and problem solve with kindergarten materials to recreate a still life.
Teacher’s example challenge: yarn
student’s media challenge : paper and paper cups
student’s media challenge : finger painting
student’s media challenge :paper clips
In the month of September, we focus on experiencing different skills and experiences for the Early Years and Grades 1 and 2 for Elementary School. We tackle basic locomotor and non-locomotor movements to prepare the younger students for the years to come. We let them practice basic movement skills that they can apply in fun, active games.
For Grades 3 to 10, we focus on developing their skills for Volleyball. Ball familiarization and movement are practiced for the younger students, then they progress every year until they play real Volleyball as the more senior students do. All of this is done as they engage in physical fitness exercises that develop their cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition.
For Grades 11 and 12, we wanted to promote fitness and wellness through Sport Management. This month of September, they planned their own tournaments which they will manage, officiate, and participate in during their wellness class. Their sports will be Volleyball, Basketball, and Badminton. We are looking forward to seeing these future leaders work together.
Welcome back to CISM! In Art Class this year, we are making sure all students know that they are already artists. They all have creative and exciting ideas worth sharing with others. All they need to do is learn new skills and improve on existing ones to express those ideas visually and to challenge themselves to become even greater artists.
This month, we had some engaging activities that where both fun and challenging. We talked about what we did during the summer break and about our favorite things and hobbies. We also learned to use different mediums or materials to make our drawings more interesting and complex.
We also started Art Clubs for grades 1 through 5. Here are some pictures of the students working in class and their results for your enjoyment. Art Club pictures coming later. Looking forward to the best year yet!
-Mr. Nelson Suarez
This year, High School students who were enrolled in Digital Literacy gained knowledge on how to use SketchUp, a 3D modelling software. They designed a basic house and chair furniture in 3D.
Beginning with a cuboid, they learned and used the different tools in creating a simple house. Slowly, they gained confidence in using the line, rotate, push and pull tool and the offset tools.
Collaboration with other subjects were initiated. Below, the student is working on his trench as his World War 1 project for Social Studies and Digital Literacy.
Some students working on their World War 1 project.
Another student recreated a camera used during World War 1.
Another opportunity for collaboration was with the Business Management strand. After receiving a short lecture on Modern and Contemporary Design and the consideration of Unique Selling Point (USP), they conceptualized their project and started designing a chair. It was evident in their work how they have matured. They have shown how they used SketchUp with ease.
Below is an example of the student’s chair design, inspired by Bob the Minion.
March has been an eventful month for everyone here at CISM. From the school field trips, back-to-back championship games of the P.E. department to the start of the final preparations for the up-coming and exciting school events lined up in the coming months like the upcoming School Play this April and most especially the upcoming 2019 Festival of Arts on May!
The Visual Arts students from the early years have been very excited in preparing to showcase their artworks for the Festival of the Arts, art exhibit. We have been learning and making use of the different elements of art in creating various unique and artistic works in preparation for the upcoming festival!
See for yourself what the students have been working on!
Here’s an artwork that emphasises that we can do great and bigger things when we work together.
Here’s a play of colors that we did with Marble painting.
We also a little science into mixing colors for the Nursery…
… as well as the Pre-K students!
For Digital Lit, it was a month of fun and crafts. We created paper laptops which also works as a handmade whiteboards to add some fun to our class discussions for the early years students!
In Physical Education class, we strongly implement physical fitness activities at the beginning of our lesson. We focus on their cardiovascular endurance, upper body strength and flexibility. Students from have their own record of their process. And also, they are learning a variety of sports such as futsal, handball and frisbee this semester.
The following are the benefits of being FIT:
1. Have Mental Toughness
2. More energy
3. More creative and intellectual
4. Supplements Self-confidence.
5. A reduced amount of Stress, adds Happiness.
Happy New Year!
This month was an exciting month in our school! We welcomed new faculty and students that will enrich our community. Also, teachers and students are excited to start 2019 on a positive note. In Art class, we take celebrations seriously and don’t miss on a chance to create artworks and crafts that get us inspired to join in the festivities. Below are some samples of recent eye catching artwork done by some of our elementary students, grades 1-5.
The Physical Education Department is also happy to announce that they have started training grades 3 through 5 in Futsal. Futsal is a type of indoor soccer and it is very fun! Below is a picture of our little dragons training.
CISM students always enjoyed December in the music classroom. They always look forward to this season because this is the perfect time where they can have some fun before the actual holidays. Of course! not only students think about their scheduled holiday traditions, but more importantly, learn and understand about other celebrations- bridging people from different nationalities and social background. Although not all students necessarily celebrate Christmas, however, school activities are properly adjusted to give way to other holidays and festivities.
Nothing beat putting students together like the annual CISM December concert do. Below are some photos of the lower and upper school students’ rehearsals.
Below is the line up of the actual program
EY ES Program
MS US Program
As we continue our journey to further improve and promote fitness and physical activities to our students, we are starting the year again by teaching the students the sport Volleyball from Grades 3 – 10. We also incorporate some conditioning exercises to reinforce their learning of the skills needed to play the game.
The Nursery until Grade 2 students continue their journey in enhancing their locomotor movements in preparation for their sports journey in the future.
One of our Art teachers, Nelson Suarez, also wants to share his students output this month. Here is his message:
“I’m very happy to be the new Visual Arts teacher, grades 1 through 5, at CISM this year. I feel very welcomed by the students, the staff, and the parents. This school year has started off very smoothly and we have worked on some very fun but challenging projects. The students have been very eager and excited to learn and expand their artistic skills. The first quarter we are focusing on improving drawing and perception skills. We have also explored various media such as colored pencils, crayons, oil pastels, markers, paint, construction paper, and even glitter. Our big project so far was working on crafts for the Chinese Moon Festival. We spent two weeks on the artwork and the work looks beautiful! When I pulled out the glitter, one of my grade-one students looked baffled and asked me if it was legal to possess so much gold glitter and I told him it’s okay for art teachers. Below are a few pictures of the work done by students and myself and of our classroom. Enjoy!”
- Mr. Nelson Suarez
Expect more fun and engaging activities from our Specialist Group in the upcoming months!