On Thursday, June 8, ISP's Grade 11 art students showcased their ongoing Diploma Programme work in a vernissage open to all parents, teachers and students in the community.
The annual Grade 11 art vernissage gives the students an experience of what they will have to do for their exhibition and exam submission at the end of Grade 12. A large portion of their overall grade, 40%, is determined by the artwork they display at the final exhibtion, as well as their curatorial practice. Through discussions with their teachers and with the visitors to the vernissage, the students gain a better understanding of the relationship between their work and the audience.
At this stage in the Diploma Programme, students are able to stand back and reflect on their work completed on the course so far. Many ideas at this stage become a springboard for the personal direction for their artwork in Grade 12, both thematically and conceptually, as well as in terms of the materials and techniques they will use in their work.
As well as preparing for the Grade 12 exhibition, each student must compile an art journal to document the visual development of their work and the experimentation and research leading to their finished pieces. This journal becomes the basis of their final portfolio, which they submit in addition to a comparative visual and written study analyzing and comparing three artworks from contrasting cultural contexts.
Many staff members, students and relatives attended this year's Grade 11 vernissage. As well as being a lively and sociable event, the event gives those Grade 10 students who have chosen to study art the opportunity to gain a better understanding of what the course entails for them next year.
This year's Grade 11 group includes a variety of students with different cultural backgrounds, which has influenced the approaches, styles and subjects in their work. What is so wonderful in art is that there is never a wrong or right way of doing anything and that we are teaching students an exploratory approach, that will undoubtedly be influenced by their own identities and personalities.