24 Oct, 2012
10 : 00
The search for artistic inspiration can sometimes lead artists on sojourns to exotic settings, to faraway lands, or to quiet locales within nature.For YCIS Shanghai Century Park Campus IGCSE and IB students, a recent trip to Hangzhou served to provide all three in one place, and left them with inspiration to draw upon throughout the school year. A small group of 21 students, led by three teachers, spent three days at the picturesque West Lake in Hangzhou. Students agreed that the scenery was inspiring. The art teachers led students through nine workshops set in different locations for drawing, painting, watercolours, contour drawing, photography, ink, fontage (rubbing), and more. Students also learned that art doesn’t have to happen sitting down, that it sometimes takes place in motion, and that art can play a very formative role in bringing different groups of people together, regardless of age, gender, race, or religion. For Years 11 and 12 students on the trip, this meant working together on projects, rather than on individual assignments. Intermixing grade levels together helped create a stronger community among the art students, and was a creative approach to fulfill part of the school motto, which highlights that Yew Chung aligns with arts and culture.