On the 20th of May we had our FIRST Art Party and Exhibit at SSIS. All of my grade 6,7 and 8 students ran workshops for the entire SSIS community. For a first event it was very well supported. Everything was on display from all year from the Mandala umbrellas to the book sculptures. We invited Vidya back to create flour mandalas in the center of the Auditorium. Once again they were absolutely gorgeous!
We also had a large TV set up behind her showing the students working on their mandalas and a time lapse of her creating the mandalas from her last visit.
The students ran workshops in the auditorium and outside. We had folder making, CD mandalas, monster drawing, box painting, circle painting, chandelier making, stop motions and digital art just to mention a few.
We had good quality food from Simran, two talented teacher musicians performing and Vidya and her friends creating mandalas plus my awesome photographers: Greg Jardin, Kayla Budiwarman, Lee-Yang Chiang, Jake Ross and Thiet Vu. It was a TRUE community event.
Here is a video of the success, please click the link:
So what was the feedback from students and staff?
What a wonderful Art Party! To see the community engaged in that way was truly fantastic. I know that it takes a tremendous amount of work to make an event of this nature come off without a hitch. All of your work in pre-planning, organization, training students, etc. is so very appreciated.
Congratulations on your very successful event!
Molly, MS Principal
I think that the exhibition space itself was really well designed to show the art off in the best way (e.g. hanging the umbrellas, putting the related projects together). I also think that the workshops were a complete success and produced really interesting art as well as gave people a fun and interactive way to be a part of the exhibition.
Celine, Grade 8
I enjoyed teaching little kids oil pastel blending and introducing them to art in middle school. I enjoyed teaching different ages of people in oil pastel. Middle schoolers, little kids, late elementary, and teachers.
Doris, Grade 7
I really enjoyed talking with some of the parents and kids about the programs we were using because explaining this to people who have no idea what they are doing is a lot of fun and is just a great feeling. I also enjoyed all the kids having fun at different stations especially mine because it shows that we did a good job on explaining what to do and they were telling their other friends who were coming around what to do and that really just goes to show that they really enjoyed themselves and that means a lot to me.
Gabe Grade 7
I loved the exhibition because the lighting, the environment of the exhibition gives the feeling of the cosiness and the feeling of being welcome with free food and just people doing art so that you can just observe anywhere. You can just be free wonder around enjoy anything and everything.
Jan, Grade 6
It was truly lovely to meet you today and to witness the work that went into the setting-up of this detailed art exhibition as a result off your inspiring artistic encouragement and manifestation throughout the school year, was MAJESTIC!!!. Corny as I may sound, I mean every word that I’m writing AND I actually welled-up before a few chosen few pieces that truly moved me. Thank you thank you. What a treat for us all!
Julie, Grade 6 Parent