"Our French and International stream students take part in comic book workshops with cartoonist Matt Smith","1611","Arts, Internat. Str.","https://www.fis.edu.hk/en/news-press/our-french-and-international-stream-students-take-part-comic-book-workshops-cartoonist","
Our CE2 (bilingual class) and CM2 (classic and bilingual classes) students at Chai Wan had the great opportunity to take part in workshops run by cartoonist Matt Smith, centered around self-expression and interactivity, which allowed everyone to get a taste of comic books practise in a fun and engaging way.
The cartoonist also met twice with our Y9 students, with the aim to enhance their language and media literacy provision of FIS’ curriculum in readiness for the new, IB Diploma Language and Literature course.
A beneficial and thought-provoking encounter, as our student Ishita B. explains. (9A):
The past week, our Y9 class has had two visits from the esteemed Matt Smith of the brand Smith vs Smith, to expand our horizons from the confines of essays and analytical work to creative work, using our artistic skills to portray the emotions of the characters and gain a better understanding of poetry as an art. This mini programme allowed us to gain new and vital skills, as well as a great opportunity to study art and comics in a form of literature and poetry. Mr Smith created an online workshop for us to learn more about the world of comics, aiding us in our innovative strides, taking ourselves a few steps forward to a better and more creative mindset.
One student, Olwen B. in Y9 said
‘The experience all-in-all was very eye-opening and fun. The benefits of the sessions were that they allowed me to think more literally, to visualise the poem. It also allowed me to express my opinions on it and interpret the poem from a fresh and different perspective. I feel like more time with him would have been more beneficial, but the experience was very informative and useful for the alumna.
Mr Smith opened our minds through visual and inventive depiction, something which I thought could only be achieved through writing and literary work.’
Personally, I found making our own comics very intriguing, as it let us explore our imagination, and reflect our own views of how we interpret the different situations, in our case war events, and the different stories we tell. It was quite interesting to see what others had made, allowing us to analyse each other’s work and see how different our opinions are. On the whole, the experience was very valuable, and I am very appreciative of having the opportunity to learn about our lessons from a different point of view. It was very interesting, and speaking for the whole of Y9A, we would like to give our thanks to Mr Smith of Smith vs Smith comics for allowing us to spend those well spent lessons with him.
","","Thursday, 19 November, 2020 - 11:58"
"2020 IB Visual Arts: a selection of wonderful pieces","1523","Arts","https://www.fis.edu.hk/en/news-press/2020-ib-visual-arts-selection-wonderful-pieces","
We are very proud of our Y13 students for the stunning pieces they designed as part of their IB Visual Arts class, taught by Mrs. Bezançon. Using a wide variety of techniques ranging from oil painting to fashion design, photography, video, and more, they created a selection of singular and personal pieces that is very much worth seeing!
This year, a total of 5 students (4 High Level students and 1 Standard Level student) took the IB Visual Class. Here are a few words on each of their projects:
Zoe B.: “My Hong Kong”
“Having moved to Hong Kong at the age of three months, this city has been my home all my life. While I am originally French and German and have strong connections to those cultures through language, family and traditions, my life in Hong Kong has shaped the person I am today, and my roots will always remain strong here. I have always considered Hong Kong to be an incredibly unique place, perhaps almost magical, with an international history and a rich environmental landscape. To me, Hong Kong is just my home, and MY HONG KONG aims to show that, through different mediums and angles. “
Sasha D.: Vanity
“Growing up in the ‘Digital Age’ I have noticed how self-absorbed we are as a generation - as if being vain has become a trend. Living in a world of mobile phones, selfies and social media appearances seem to always be important and are frequently obsessed over. Creating and curating this exhibition under the theme Vanity has allowed me to step back from what my generation considers normal - the constant pressure to be confident and look good - and analyse and criticise what we as a society have come to. “
Jenny K.: Chagrin
“What comes to mind when you see the word “Chagrined”? This particular emotion in question is the core of this exhibition. Chagrin as an emotion embodies distress or humiliation, especially as a result of a failure. Universally speaking, the feeling of chagrin is experienced by all humans, be it personal or perhaps on a societal level and appears in many situations we will inevitably encounter. With this, I have attempted to depict it in different forms and tackle its various manifestations while adding my own twist to it. There are numerous pieces that are shown here which speak true from personal experiences of my own and show the cultivation and development of my intuitive response to a certain stimulus.”
Adrian Y.: Time
“Influenced by the perpetual transformation of Hong Kong, I was inspired to symbolically capture its rapid modernisation and fading culture. From Hong Kong’s changing environment, I was especially drawn to its fast urbanisation and constant redevelopments, both of which involve the demolition or renovation of old buildings and establishments that once defined this city, eliminating the embodied culture along with it. It seemed to me that there is
conflict between the old and the new and with the city and nature, leading to a disintegration of the accepted norms in recent times. “
Agnes S.: Injustices
“Inspired by Albert Einstein’s quote, “The world will not be destroyed by those doing evil, but by those not doing anything” , my exhibition stemmed from my frustrations of the injustices resulted by human selfishness and the lack of attention to its consequences. I aim to convey its domino-effect, where each piece acts as the causation for the next; each an injustice caused by human selfishness.”
We applaud the creativity of their work and their dedication to complete such an ambitious project!
The final word goes to Sasha D. (also Head of Couture 2019), who shares her take on this class:
""The IB visual arts exhibition is an event that I always looked forward to seeing when I was younger, and this year, as an IBVA student, it was finally my turn to showcase my work. My class and I have been working towards this exhibition for the past two years, and whilst we understand that due to the current COVID 19 situation, it must be cancelled, we are still disappointed. However, we were still lucky enough to display our work at school, so I am happy to be able to present a virtual exhibition. Hopefully our art can help you get through this uncertain time! Although it’s not how I envisioned, seeing all my work come together is extremely fulfilling. The IB visual arts course is incredibly hard work, but also gives you the flexibility to explore anything you want, which I hadn’t experienced before. For me I was able to focus on fashion design, as next year I will be studying a fashion foundation course at London College of Fashion. Overall this course was very rewarding, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone considering taking it. ""
","","Friday, 8 May, 2020 - 10:59"
"Meeting Cati Baur","1424","Arts","https://www.fis.edu.hk/en/news-press/meeting-cati-baur","
On November 12th, students from 1ère students with an Arts Option or the Arts Speciality course got the opportunity to meet with Cati Baur. The illustrator went over her background and career, after which students took part in a hands-on workshop dedicated to learning how to create characters.
Eva R. (1ère D) describes this encounter.
“Cati Baur is a French illustrator and a comic book author, she is mostly known for the “Four Sisters” comic.
Born in 1973 in Geneva, Cati Baur wanted to be an illustrator. However, she used to live in a small village in Haute Savoie, where people don’t know much about illustration, so she got discouraged to pursue this kind of studies.
After graduating from high school with a French Baccalaureate with an Arts option, she went to La Sorbonne to study arts in order to become an arts teacher. Yet, Cati realized that she didn’t want to pursue this path. She started to work as a librarian and resumed posting drawing boards on her blog. In 2007, she became an illustrator and published her first comic book by Delcourt Edition.
The author gets inspiration from several artists such as Claire Bretecher, Will Eisner, “Tom-Tom et Nana” author, Bernadette Després, English artist Posy Simmonds and the American Alison Bechdel.
Besides, Cati Baur uses several techniques to draw her boards. She often works on her Ipad using the Clip Studio Paint software. Sometimes, she draws with Chinese ink and colours her drawings either on Photoshop or using watercolour technics or felt-pens.
The illustrator tells us her experience with editors, and how they always have the last word about what will be published.
Finally, she organised a hands-on activity for students to create characters, which all had to be different with specific physical and moral attributes. According to Cati, in order to create a well-thought character, it is important to anticipate and think about the details, for example whether he hates cheese or likes singing.
As a conclusion, the author recommends the students to share and publish their artworks online, especially on Instagram.”
Find out more about Cati Baur: http://www.catibaur.com
","","Tuesday, 3 December, 2019 - 10:47"
"CE1A pupils create a mural with artist Jérôme De Sousa","1336","Arts","https://www.fis.edu.hk/en/news-press/ce1a-pupils-create-mural-artist-j%C3%A9r%C3%B4me-de-sousa","
A stunning mural was created by the JL CE1A pupils, with the guidance of artist Jérôme De Sousa. This joyful and colourful piece, inspired by Niki Saint Phalle whose work they discovered on a cultural outing during French May, focuses on co-existence.
This artistic collaboration was done in several steps. At first, our students sat in front of the wall, waiting to find inspiration, before coming up with a few drawings. The drawings were later photographed and Mr. De Sousa selected some of them, using them as a basis to sketch a first draft of the mural.
After the pupils confirmed his design, one group of students started working on the mural background using collage while a second group worked on decorating the foreground elements, which were eventually added onto the mural by the artist.
This beautiful work of art is now a part of the Jardine’s campus since it will permanently decorate its walls. Make sure you take a look at it on your way to the auditorium or to the swimming pool!
","","Friday, 28 June, 2019 - 12:22"
"Art Day 2019, a tribute to heroes","1320","Arts","https://www.fis.edu.hk/en/news-press/art-day-2019-tribute-heroes","
This exhibition combined artworks made by all classes on that campus, from CE1 to CM2, focusing on the theme “Heroes”.
Heroes are often associated with superheroes. Yet, it was an opportunity for children to delve into this concept and understand the theme in all its complexity.
Among the exhibited heroic figures, students joyfully mixed inspiring historic personalities such as Jean-Yves Cousteau or Simone Veil with young activist Greta Hunberg, as well as Greek mythology figures.
The “everyday hero” was also a central figure of the exhibition with a huge “We are all heroes” banner hung in the hallway and some artworks focusing on parents, those everyday heroes. It seems that a few parents shed a tear when they saw the piece created by their children and dedicated to them.
At the end, parents were thrilled to stroll through this creative and eclectic exhibition, and students were pleased to have an excuse to dress up as their favourite hero.
Find all the photos of the event here.
","","Friday, 21 June, 2019 - 14:45"
"2018-2019 ECA Drama Updates ","1316","Arts","https://www.fis.edu.hk/en/news-press/2018-2019-eca-drama-updates","
BPR – Secondary
The students who took part, this year, in the Drama workshop led by Chrystel Dupuch as part of ECA, performed the play “L’Illusion Comique” by Corneille on May 30 and 31.
A modern and refreshing take of the classic, this adaptation nevertheless preserved the original alexandrines, declaimed with talent by a gleeful troupe of young actors composed of Alix B., Eleanor B., Juliette B., Annaig B., Raphael B., Victoria C., Faustine D., Liam F., Lucien F., Louise G., Abélard L. and Thais N.
The students gave two performances in the Jardine’s auditorium, for two distinct audiences: the first one was for approximately 200 students from 4e to Première and the second one, in the evening, was to their families. Everyone enjoyed the rendition of the play, pleasantly surprised to hear the 17th century-French language along with some songs by the band “Imagination”.
Congratulations to all artists who took on this challenge with panache and enthusiasm!
","","Monday, 17 June, 2019 - 15:07"
"2019 Arts Workshop Exhibition","1312","Arts","https://www.fis.edu.hk/en/news-press/2019-arts-workshop-exhibition","
The students who attended the ECA Arts Workshop are delighted to invite you to their end-of-the-year exhibition.
From Tuesday 18 June to Friday 21 June
Multipurpose Room (Ground Floor), Blue Pool Road
The first group, composed of 6e, 5e, Y7 and Y8 students, worked on 3 original productions: a fleet of vessels, all personalised thanks to the collage technique; abstract drawings using oil pastels; and finally, a series of works where collage and acrylic paint have been mixed on a starred canvas.
The second group, composed of 4e, 3e and Y9 students, created three different and unique artworks: they painted using tea bags as brushes with a label of their own, they imagined fantastic creatures using silk paper and they painted Pop’art-style patterns on which they added a masking effect using paint spray.
Come along and check out our young artists’ masterpieces.
","","Friday, 14 June, 2019 - 14:45"
"TKO Art Week: an evening dedicated to children","1290","Arts, French Str., Internat. Str.","https://www.fis.edu.hk/en/news-press/tko-art-week-evening-dedicated-children","
TKO hosted its first Art exhibition from 29 May to 5 June on the “Black and White” theme.
The students and teachers were given the opportunity to work with an artist to carry out their artistic project. The children enjoyed collaborating with Desousa, Manny Yip, Rika, Kan, Michelle, Lamdy and Maria Isabel Parra. These professional artists shared their expertise and helped the students generate new ideas. Videography, photography, collage, traditional ink method, collaborative works… all the classes used various techniques and media.
During the opening night, the parents got a chance to discover the original workpieces created by the students and displayed in the Primary building.
This special night was kicked off by a summer concert prepared by Primary students from both streams, and 6è students. Despite the uncertain weather, the show took place outside allowing all the parents to attend.
Wearing black and white outfits, the students sang songs in French, English and Mandarin, including Yellow Submarine, L’homme à la moto or popular nursery rhyme Liang Zhi Lao Hu (Two Tigers). They were thrilled to share this moment with their families.
The second part of the evening was dedicated to the art exhibition, and both children and parents enjoyed discovering the masterpieces.
“There was a really good atmosphere during this TKO event and the children were delighted” a parent mentioned.
The next day, students got back on stage but this time for a second show, but this time for the benefit of their fellow students. It was the perfect opportunity to perform in front of their friends one last time.
To see the picture album of the event here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmDUqc4V
","","Tuesday, 4 June, 2019 - 14:47"
"Art Bac Exhibition 2019","1288","Arts","https://www.fis.edu.hk/en/news-press/art-bac-exhibition-2019","
Not to be missed: our dear Terminale students with a specialization in Arts will showcase their work in a special exhibition!
June 11th – 14th 2019 from 8.30am to 5.30pm
Multi-purpose room, G/F, BPR Campus
The 13 students, who are enrolled in the 3 different Baccalaureate options (Language and Literature, Economics and Social Science, Mathematics and Science), will exhibit the works they created this year around a diversity of topics:
Trauma, Existence, Desire, Human Body, Laziness, Greed, Asian Superstitions, Feminism, Connection, Forbidden!, Childhood to Adulthood, Looking for Love, Industrialization.
An inspiring programme on a diversity of materials and artistic techniques!
Despite their young age, our artists worked towards creating a bona fide exhibition, with around 100 paintings, photographs, sculptures and linocuts showcased questioning deep matters of life.
We count on your support and your presence!
","","Tuesday, 28 May, 2019 - 16:01"
"L'Illusion Comique by ECA Drama group","1275","Arts","https://www.fis.edu.hk/en/news-press/lillusion-comique-eca-drama-group","
Come along and enjoy this play, L'Illusion Comique by Corneille, performed in French by students from the ECA Drama group, directed by Christel Dupuch.
Friday 31 May at 7.30pm
Jardine's Lookout Auditorium
Open to all with a donation box at the door.
See you there!
","","Friday, 17 May, 2019 - 10:21"