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Ice Cream Sculptures!

Grade 3 students have been creating some very inventive ice cream flavors as they used papier mache, paint, and found materials to build ice cream sculptures! These projects were inspired by the artwork of Wayne Thiebaud and Claes Oldenburg.

Monster Mouths!

Grade 3-5 created monster mouths that open up to reveal hilarious and unexpected surprises. Students enjoyed brainstorming and then sharing their creatures with classmates.


Danny Bracken– Visiting Artist

What an exciting month! Visiting artist Danny Bracken came to Beijing specifically to work with our ISB students. For three weeks he created with us, showed images of and talked about his work, and answered many many questions.

We based our next projects on his artmaking as we prepare to show our work in the Sunny Hallway for the school-wide collaborative installation.

Take a look at the images and video below, and please feel free to stop by the Sunny Hallway as the installation  evolves!


See the link below for a video clip of Danny in our classroom answering the question, “Why do you make art!!”

Danny Talking to Students




Visiting Artist, Kate Kern!

We had the good fortune of working with artist Kate Kern. She demonstrated drawing and ink painting techniques and showed us images of her work and her stop motion animation. Grade 3 students are creating large plant part artworks largely inspired by her work and Grade 4 students are creating circular mixed-media artworks also inspired by her work. Both will be displayed in the Sunny Hallway for the Elementary School’s collaborative installation!

Not only did we have the valuable and unique experience of meeting a working artist, but students were also able to really get into her artwork by visiting an immersive installation in the High School Art Department’s gallery that she created with high school art students. See your child’s Seesaw account for a reflection on their experience visiting this artwork.

Select views of Kate Kern’s installation, from the student perspective.


Kate Kern demonstrating drawing and painting techniques and sharing her sketchbook practice.


Kate Kern addressing students in the MPR.

Singing Deer

Last week our Grade 5 students had the good fortune of spending two nights at the Singing Deer Lodge, near the Great Wall! Part of our time there was devoted to creating artwork in, and with items found, in nature. We worked on watercolor paintings, sometimes adding rubbings from leaves, flower petals, or sprinkles of dirt. We also created site specific installations using only natural materials–a project inspired by the artwork of artist, Andy Goldsworthy.

Finally, we visited local homes where they taught us about their gardens, homes, and shared a meal with us.

Bus Ride to the Lodge

Our Home Visit–Corn Pancakes, Yum!

Sculptures Made from Natural Materials

Watercolor Painting in the Sunshine!

Magnifying our Playground!

Grade 4 students have been using ProScope devices on class iPads to magnify surfaces around school and on our playground. They are able to capture captivating images with various textures and colors. Next, we are exploring the shape, line, and color in the images by drawing and coloring them with watercolor pencils. This is the first step to a Kate Kern (our visiting artist)-inspired artwork for our Sunny Hallway installation! Stay tuned for more as this artwork develops!

Peer Critiques

This week, as students were completing their sketchbook studies on the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design, they participated in a peer critique format called “PQP.” The students first “Praised,” their partner for a job well done or talked about an area of their work that they found interesting, “Questioned,” something they did by asking about their process or idea generation, and finally “Prompted” each other with suggestions on what they could do to their work moving forward. Through exchanges such as these, we can expand our creative thinking!

Collaborative Teaching of the Elements of Art!

We kicked off the year with a quick introduction to the Elements of Art, which will act as the foundation for our Elementary School-wide art installation in the Sunny Hallway. The installation will feature work inspired by our visiting artists, Kate Kern and Danny Bracken. Stay tuned!

Welcome to Visual Arts!!

From Left to Right: Ms. Fei, Mrs. Eveland, Ms. Stauffer, Ms. Tina

Greetings from the Visual Art Rooms!!!

We are thrilled to be starting off a new year with our elementary artists. With the assistance of TA, Ms. Fei, Mrs. Eveland will be continuing to work with all of Grade 1 and Grade 2 in room 2407, and will teach the following Grade 3 classes: Mr. Cook, Ms. Maez, Mrs. Costa, and Ms. Kendra in room 2404. Ms. Stauffer will teach Grade 3 classrooms: Mr. Fraser and Ms. Muhl, as well as all of Grade 4 and Grade 5, all in room 2403. We are also excited to welcome our new Upper Elementary TA, Ms. Tina!

Our year will kick off with two visiting artists who will help with the annual installation in the Sunny Hallway. We will start by refreshing our knowledge of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design, using them as a springboard for the installation.

Stay tuned for updates on our art explorations and the inspiring work from our visiting artists, Danny Bracken and Kate Kern.

See you soon!

Mrs. Eveland and Ms. Stauffer