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Hello Art Friends!

I hope your new school year has been off to an amazing start. Yesterday I went to PMQ to see the New British Inventors: Inside Heatherwick Studio. It’s on until September 23 (12:00-20:00 daily) so if you have a chance, I highly recommend you go see it. You’ll be in awe and be inspired. They showed ideas and process and how they approached problem solving in design and construction. I enjoyed seeing sketchbooks/prototypes/models of their projects categorized under Thinking, Making and Storytelling. It’s beautiful.

The spun chairs outside were fun to sit on as well, dare I say better than the spinning tea cup ride ; ).


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There are many art happenings to check out at PMQ but here are two ending this week I think you’d enjoy.

WIPE OUT is on until Sunday May 17th at the Qube, 2/F. Learn more about street art indoors, then go out and see what you find around Hong Kong. Don’t forget to watch the documentary about how this mysterious French artist sent an invader into space and also stop in the garden to see the sculpture. I missed this as it was pouring rain yesterday so grab a photo for me!

The MUJI award designs are on the 5/F, S501 and on until Friday May 15th. Some designs were intriguing, some very clever, and some made me wonder why they received an award. Have a look and let me know what you think. What would you design for their theme of Long Lasting Design for Living?


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Hello Artists,

Have you been to any interesting art shows lately? I’m planning on going to see Life is Only One: Yoshitomo Nara at Asia Society Hong Kong before I leave for the Arctic.

They are having an art competition and exhibition: Life is Only One – Imagination of Life so go see the exhibit with your family and create work in response to the art. Your whole family can enter the art competition!

A) Children division: Students aged 6 – 11
B) Youth division: Students aged 12 – 17
C) Open division: Aged 18 and above

Artwork can be submitted until July 26, 2015.


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Hello Art Friends,

What have you been learning and creating? I sure do miss making art with you but it has been great being able to see some of you at school when I pop in. : )

I’m off on an art and science expedition this June and if you’d like to find out more, follow along here: We Go North.

Have a great rest of the school year!


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hello artists,

If you’re in Hong Kong this summer, here are some art things to do with your family:

As you’re out and about, collect ideas of things and create everyday! I decided to spend the first day of summer with my art teacher friends experimenting with various materials to make “brushes” instead of cleaning and packing the classroom :).


It’s been a joy exploring and making with you this past school year. Thank you for sharing your stories and art with me.

Have a fantastic summer!

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Our canvas murals are finally finished!

This was an extension project the current third graders began at the end of second grade. They designed and planned these canvases following on from their typography art pieces they completed about themselves. They selected words that described our school community and sketched out drawings that showed life at ICS.  

This year, we had P1 artists and their parents paint the background during open house, P1 to Grade 5 artists illustrate, and upper elementary along with some high school artists paint the words. Many of the third graders came during recess to work on the canvases and drawings these past few months. I enjoyed these lunch time painting sessions catching up with them. They have grown and matured so much since our art days in second grade! I am excited for them as they move on and up a floor to fourth grade in the fall.

We hope when you see these paintings around the school, they will brighten your day and remind you of the wonderful place we get to learn and grow together.

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Following on from exploring the intersection of music and art through painting songs, we looked at various artists and how they evoke sound through their work. We worked on collages to depict places familiar to us.

How do the P1 artists use colour and various media to create their noisy/quiet collage? What place are they showing you? What sounds do you hear when you look at the art? You can see all the collages on our Artsonia Gallery.

I listened to this Science Friday podcast–Recording the Global Soundscape while I was working in the ceramics room last month and it made me think about the art we had been making. How would you visually interpret the sounds?

Have a look and listen at the Global Soundscapes site this summer and see what art it inspires you to make. Also make sure to check out the soundscape visualization under the FUN tab.

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