ARTBEAT Issue 01 October 2016

The Arts magazine of Alcanta International College, Guangzhou. An international IB secondary school offering Visual Arts Diploma and Theatre Arts Diploma courses. 'ARTBEAT' is created and edited by Head of Arts Jamie Lowe and Drama Teacher John Knauss.

The Arts magazine of Alcanta International College, Guangzhou. An international IB secondary school offering Visual Arts Diploma and Theatre Arts Diploma courses. 'ARTBEAT' is created and edited by Head of Arts Jamie Lowe and Drama Teacher John Knauss.


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Issue 01- 2016


Why Drama?

Drama comes to AIC


New Look at Visual Arts

Jamie Lowe talks about the

Art Department’s makeover


In The House - John Knauss

A profile of an actor and an artist


Onward Art Journeys

Our recent Dp2 students on taking on Art School

ISSUE ONE a first release by

Page 17

Page 26

Page 5

The Faculty of Arts at AIC

FOCUS and how

you can achieve it

This issues’ choice

of cool Apps

Get ready to greet

the Dead!



Edited by

Jamie Lowe and John Knauss,

the Faculty of Arts Team

Feature Contributors

John Knauss

Chrys Hill


Jamie Lowe

Contributions by:

Graduating students:

Amy Lee

Jean Zhang

Libby Wu

Visual Arts Diploma students:

Aye Khumthong

Haroun Bentarka

Jasmine Xie

Jeff Park

Grade 10 Drama students:

Betty Yin

Artbeat IT Expert

Brandon Chansavang

Cover photo:

Jamie Lowe



Artbeat is an online digest

showcasing the life and work

of the IB Visual Arts and the

IB Theatre Arts departments


Alcanta International College

Guangzhou, China.

Follow Our Beat at:

First Issue Features

Why Drama?………………………………………………………..……4

Chrys Hill explains why Alcanta International College needs Drama.

In The House: John Knauss……………………………………….22

We discover who the man behind the Drama is and why he says:

“Drama is Conflict”?

Whats New in Visual Arts? …………………………………………8

Jamie Lowe shows off the new Art studios

Street Art From Brazil…………………………………………..……9

The pulse of Street Art from the streets of an Olympic city.

FOCUS and why you should do it….. .. ………………………………17

John Knauss writes on the benefits of staying focused for maximum

engagement in activities.

Storm Chasing……………….…………………………………..….18

Diploma Visual Arts students share insight into finding a way forward

to communicate a message through their Art

Onward Art Journeys…..……………………………………………13






Life after IB Visual Art. Our graduating students tell us how life is -

Art School and beyond





Welcome to our first

issue of ARTBEAT

ARTBEAT seeks to build COMMUNITY

John and I decided that we would like

to create an online magazine which

would bring our AIC community

together and engage more with

students, their parents and the staff.

With each year as AIC develops as a

school, new goals are set for its

improvement and progress towards

being an International IBO school of

choice in China and the world. One of

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the ways that we are successful at AIC

is by being small and select.

Currently we are enjoying hearing

about the progress of our graduates

from all over the world. Not only is

this satisfying but it is exciting to think

that our community has a BIG

network with even more to offer and

learn from as the connections keep

expanding beyond our small start.

Welcome! We hope that you will ‘follow our beat’ and find the content engaging in many ways.




This issue deals with a rationale for

Theatre Arts. On how: “focus”

correlates with productivity and the

general satisfaction of achievement.

We see strategies outlined for

generating ideas to create personal

projects in Art and to develop a

clear “message” in your work.

We meet our new Drama teacher

and showcase highlights of our

student’s activities. In this issue we

look at exemplar Art from the DP

course and gain insight from our Art

graduates about Art School. We also

hear about what feels like to

perform in Drama.

You can look forward to the debut of

our ARTBEAT comic strips, play

some interactive games and try out

some of the recommended “Apps of

the Month”, (picked for you so that

you can take your Arts to the next



Why Drama?

You may be wondering why AIC has adopted this new subject in its curriculum and

what exactly it is good for? Chrys Hill, Director of Academics at AIC, explains.

As AIC expands so too does

the curriculum and the

subjects we offer. This year

AIC has introduced two new

subjects: Psychology and

Theater Arts/Drama. I want

to take this opportunity to

explain why the latter was

added to our curriculum. To

make things easier I will

refer to it simply as Drama.

The reasons for introducing Drama into the

curriculum are many and it is difficult to know

where to begin. It is not just about students with

“talent” but offers much more across the full range

of our community. The most obvious benefit Drama

has for an AIC student is the support it offers in the

development of English. A Student doing Drama is

involved in speaking English in a bold and

confident manner. Students learn how to overcome

their nervousness and initial fear of speaking

English in a safe and supportive environment.

At the center of Drama is always communication.

Drama allows students to communicate with and

understand others in new ways. Drama offers

development in the very practical aspects of

communication so necessary in today's

information-centered world. Students who have

done Drama activities are more confident speaking

in public and will be more convincing in their

communications, both written and oral. As well as

being more confidence and having a positive


self-image they will be better able to relate to others

and to work collaboratively. Drama challenges

student’s perceptions and involves them in very

practical problem solving exercises.

I have observed Drama in action at AIC and been very

encouraged that the benefits mentioned above are

being met. I also believe that these benefits are being

carried across into other subjects and teachers report

on improved focus across the curriculum. Learning in

an IB school is not just a matter of sitting at a desk

and taking notes. We are trying to involve students in a

wide range of active learning styles and methods.

Drama fits this aim by its very nature, it is a learning

style that is not only about doing but also about

working together and becoming aware of the feelings

of others.

Drama at AIC is enriching the students experience of

school as it combines several goals at once. It is a

wonderful addition to our school and I look forward to

seeing not just the growth of the Dramatic Arts but

also the growth of the students themselves.

It is the intention that in the next school year Theatre

Arts will join to our list of subjects offered for the IB

Diploma. I am sure it will be a popular IB subject with

our students.





Curse of the Floral Skull and

How Dia de los Muertos

came to AlC

by Jamie Lowe

It would be difficult not to notice the giant

flowery effigy of a human skull parked outside

of the Art Department on the 4th Floor of AIC.

Grinning, is perhaps the wrong word to use

when describing it’s expression, for it is quite

hard to discern any expression at all beneath the

blooms which carpet it. Yet there is something

about its general demeanor which suggests a

cheeky, impish quality; as if it were inwardly

enjoying a private joke beneath its abundant

coating of bright flowers.

Amy Lee, a DP2 student from last year, who was

the creator of this “Floral Skull” sculpture,

remembers this particular piece with fondness.

The days spent wrestling with giant sheets of

laminated styrofoam and the subsequent carving

of it (transforming her share of the DP2 Studio

into the what seemed like the inside of a shaken

snow-globe), followed by wading through a sea

of artificial roses for days. From this ambitious

undertaking, emerged a sculpture that is at

once (uncomfortably) cute and appealing and

quite sinister in its “memento mori” message. It

is after all a huge, candy-coated reminder of


Not surprisingly then, has our “floral bogeyman”

become the harbinger of superstition, creepy

stories, rumors and myths whispered in the

corridors of AIC. For it is said that the most

terrible luck befalls those who dare to touch or

meddle with it’s flowers. Those who are

foolhardy enough to do this and worse; by

removing said flowers- have been sure to fall

upon hard times and the worst kinds of fortune.

By desecrating the “Floral Skull”, the miscreant

is immediately “cursed” by the dead, they say.

And what curses it espouses! The very nature of

these curses is as floral as the macabre head

which issues them. Daily, it’s utterances are

posted upon a small notice alongside it, which

serves a clear warning to the unwary. It

threatens such tragedies as: being cursed “to

forever smell like a Guangzhou bus driver’s

underwear”, or: “to witness a kitten dying

horribly in your neighborhood", if you are so

foolish as to touch its blooms. Lately, there is a

curious suggestion that this eccentric effigy has

Mexican sympathies, for it has recently cursed

it’s victims to: “bear children who look like

Donald Trump (but who are less charismatic and

very poor)”*.

A Mexican connection, indeed? We consulted

Amy Lee about this and sure enough, she had in

fact been inspired by the folk art produced

during a popular Mexican festival when creating

this piece. Could she be alluding to our skull

being linked with a very important Mexican

festival : “Dia De Los Muertos" (The Day Of

The Dead)? Coincidentally, Mexico has been

much-maligned by the very Republican

Presidential candidate who is mentioned by our

skull in the curse. Creepy? We at Artbeat think


(Continued on Page 7)

*For more calaveraic curses turn to the back of Artbeat to the “Fun Section”.


Floral Skull, by Amy Lee. AIC Private Collection. Carved Polystyrene and Artificial Flowers, 80x105 x75 cm, February 2016

“Touch my flowers and I

will curse you to forever

look like a chihuahua

licking vomit from a




Continued from Page 5 : How Dia de los Muertos Came to AIC

Dia de los Muertos - The Day of the

Dead, is a lively Mexican holiday

which honors the dead and is

celebrated throughout Mexico on 1

November. It features in other Latin

American countries too but it is

particularly relevant to Mexico.

The Day of the Dead Festival mixes

Aztec ritual with Catholicism, brought

to the region by Spanish

conquistadores. (Dia de los Muertos is

celebrated on All Saints Day and All

Souls Day, minor holidays in the

Catholic calendar.)

What we know of as

“Halloween” (celebrated the night of

31st October) is an equivalent festival,

now observed worldwide but originally

important in North America and

throughout Europe. Halloween has a

similar link to ancient pagan rituals

and beliefs with the attempt for it to

be also “Christianised" by a church

holiday: All Hallows Eve.

The Dia de los Muertos celebration

features in the memorable opening

scenes of the 2015 James Bond film:

“Spectre”. These scenes depict street

parties and parades in Mexico City

with people dressed as skeletons, and

wearing elaborate, highly decorated

colorful costumes, face paints, masks

and flowers. There is a carnival

atmosphere with live music and

processions and it is hard to imagine

that this event has anything to do with


Assured that the dead would be

insulted by mourning or sadness, Dia

de los Muertos celebrates the lives of

the deceased with food, drink, parties,

and activities the dead enjoyed in life.

Dia de los Muertos recognizes death as

a natural part of the human

experience, a continuum with birth,

childhood, and growing up to become

a contributing member of the

community. On Dia de los Muertos,

the dead are also a part of the

community, awakened from their

eternal sleep to share celebrations.

People go to the gravesides of their

passed loved ones to enjoy a family

picnic with homemade treats and chat

by candlelight at night time.

The most familiar symbol of Dia de los

Muertos may be the calacas and

calaveras (skeletons and skulls), which

appear everywhere during the holiday:

in candied sweets, as parade masks, as

dolls. Calacas and calaveras are almost

always portrayed as enjoying life, often

in fancy clothes and entertaining

Can you hear the Floral Skull cursing? Some say that they can!

(especially as we draw closer to Dia de los Muertos).

If you can hear it, then send us what you have heard the skull saying.

The best entries will be published in future issues of Artbeat. For

goodness sake, whatever you do, do not touch its flowers!

E-mail your entries, labelled : Toucha Ma Flowers I Smasha Ya Face to : jlowe@aicib.org




What’s New in Visual Arts ?

by Jamie


New Flexible Studio Space

for Diploma Students

You may have noticed that this year

the whole of the fourth floor of AIC

has become essentially an ‘Arts” floor.

The conversion and renovations of

Rooms: A4.6 and A 4.7 (so that they

form a co-joined space) have a created

a unique flexible facility for our

Diploma students to use.

One of the most beneficial things

about taking IB Visual Arts Diploma at

AIC is that you get your own studio

space in both DP1 and DP2. A luxury

that is rarely found in many

international schools.

Since the subject has gained

popularity from when the school

began six years ago, we are getting

three times the numbers of students

opting to take Art. This would have

made for a very tight squeeze for the

DP students had the existing studios

remained as they were, However with

the conversion of A4.7 a spill -over

studio has been created and is already

being used to our advantage.

Our recent “Chinese Folk Art” project

with DP1, which involves a study of

traditional and modern Chinese folk

painting as well as studying figure

drawing. A model dressed in Chinese

traditional dress was posed in an

archetypal Chinese setting, We were

able to use that space like a proper

drawing studio.

An Arts I.T. Office

Finally, what used to be referred to as

“The Room of Doom” and what was

little more than a dump for a variety of

found objects, off-cuts of metal and

wood, fabric and textile scraps and

discarded packaging saved for projects

(like the Rauschenberg project) has

become transformed into a really

useful facility. Now Diploma students

can access a space where they can scan

their artwork straight to one of a pair

of iMacs and then print their

documents at a dedicated printer

copier machine from the same

computers all in “a one stop shop”.

This means that the creation of

“Since the subject has gained popularity from when

the school began six years ago, we are getting three

times the numbers of students opting to take Art.”

Process Portfolios and Comparative

Studies can be streamlined as well as

providing a quieter study space for

students who need to get down to

some research or written work. There

is a bookshelf / resource area holding

texts and Art books which may be of

use to DP2 students engaging in

Personal Projects. Since the 4th floor

is now an all - Arts floor, it also means

that students from the fledgling Drama

department can utilise this quiet

haven too.

As AIC evolves and develops - the

more specialised self access study

opportunities like this which we can

provide for our students - the better.





On the pulse of Street Art from

the Olympic City, Rio de Janeiro

by Jamie Lowe

ARTBEAT looks at the amazing work of Rodrigo Izolag Armeidah

and partner Ananda Nahu, who have taken Street Art from the

favela to Olympic Rio de Janeiro, to the streets of New York City.

Rodrigo Izolag, was born in 1983 in

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He grew up in

Ipiaú in the South of Bahia and

started to study art in Salvador. He

quickly abandoned his formal Art

training as he became increasingly

drawn to Street Art. Clearly he was in

love with this medium and it was

through working in this method (with

a spray can and a stencil )where he

discovered and defined his style and

was best able to share his message.

Rodrigo Izolag and Ananda Nahu met

each other in 2006 and painted a great

many walls in the urban landscapes of

Bahia, Pernambuco and Rio de

Janeiro. Today, the couple are a

reference ! in the “stencil art” genre of

Street Art and their artwork can be

found in the pages of the book:

“Stencil History X”, along with other

famous names of Street Art like:

Shephard Fairey, aka ‘OBEY’ and


"Izolag's work is revolutionary and

breaks down the barriers between mural,

stenciling and grafitti.” Ricky Flores,


Both Izolag and Ananda Nahu use

stencils, working through elaborately

cut card templates created from

digitally altered photographs. These

carefully created portraits become

elements of larger compositions which

include a mix of graffiti text and

pattern. Both artists combine stencil,

spray, paste-up and hand painting in

their mixed-media work. Blurring

boundaries between media and going

between street children, ordinary

people from the neighborhood and

icons of popular culture as subjects in

their work which seems fresh, colorful



Below: examples of work by Ananda Nahu

A Tale of Two

Stencil Artists

Ananda Nahu comes from the small

countryside town of Juazeiro, in Bahia.

She has painted her intricate, vibrant

art on walls all over the state of Bahia

before moving to Rio de Janeiro where

she gained nationwide recognition.

Ananda was set for higher ground still

as she embarked on a two month

residency in New York where she

painted her art all over Brooklyn’s

walls in her Brazilian style. She was

also recently commissioned to create a

special artwork for the “NIKE” store in

Leblon, Rio de Janeiro during the

recent 2016 Rio Olympic games.

“I was a kid who loved to draw, as far

as I can remember, I was always

drawing. It was a natural thing for me

to want to study art. I moved from my

hometown, Juazeiro, to Salvador in

2001 and started attending the College

of Design and in 2004 I began to study

at the Fine Arts School from the

Federal University of Bahia.”

“At this point, I was really interested in

studying photography, Fine Arts

Paintings and engravings, specially

lithography, Serigraphs, metal

engraving. It wasn’t in the plans

working with street art.”

Yes, it was something that happened

later in my life, when I met my

husband (artist Rodrigo Izolag). Being

a woman, you know, it was hard to go

to the streets to paint on my own, and

he introduced me to this world, and I

got instantly hooked. And we started

working in partnership.”

“In 2005, I began using stencil to

create wall arts, one of the oldest type

of engraving, that is leaked into the

mold to obtain shapes and pictures. “



“I started painting all over Bahia, from

small cities to bigger ones and my

name started to get recognition.

“I love portraying women. Strong

women, is a subject that is very dear to

me. Plus I’ve always been very close to

the hip hop culture and that is

something that shows as well in my

work. I love working with stencils for

the portraits and then adding unique

free hand paintings on the

backgrounds for each art piece.”

“I will have to say the artistic residency

I spent doing in NY. My husband and I

did a very productive partnership with

U.S.A. based photographer Rick

Flores, and used his portraits to create

stencils representing people from the

Bronx and Brooklyn area. We stayed

there painting walls and working close

with the communities for a month and

it was a very immersive experience.”

Bronx photojournalist Ricky Flores

teamed up with the world-renowned

Brazilian artists Ananda Nahú and

Izolag Armeidah to paint large-scale

murals at three NYCHA playgrounds:

Betances, Mitchel and Mott Haven.

These murals, inspired by Flores’

photographs, were part of a project

promoting a healthy lifestyle and

active living called “Faces from the


This eight-year collaboration was born

by happenstance when the Brazilian

artists found Flores’s images on Flickr,

an online social media photo sharing

site, in 2008. They quickly became

fascinated with his work and began

incorporating some of the images in a

series of paintings representing

cultures from around the world. It was

during this period of time that a

partnership was developed, with the

goal of creating a joint exhibition and

murals on the streets of the South


“I love portraying

women! Strong

women is always a

subject that is very

dear to me.”

Top: Ananda Nahu, Rodrigo Izolag Armeidah and Ricky Flores in new Yor,k June 2016.

Below: examples of murals by Izolag from the New York residency and-following page:

examples of Izolag’s earlier signature work.



Izolag’s Street Art is a great

example of a mixed media

approach as he blurs the

boundary between abstract

expressionist painting, graphic

design and graffiti in his multi

-layered portraits.

Works vary in scale from

“conventional gallery-sized”

panels to the entire sides of



Onward Journeys in Art





Completion of secondary school.

Completion of secondary school plus a vocational course or apprenticeship.

Completion of IB exams or equivalent with apprenticeship training.

Completion of a university training to Bachelor of Arts level.




Click on the text headings below for useful links

Design Careers


Do you want to be responsible

for creating just about anything

new that other people will use?


Business and Education



Do you want to use management

and people skills in combination


Beauty industry Careers


Do you want to be involved with

the Fashion, TV, media and

advertising industry?


Alternative Careers


Do you want to use and share

your knowledge of Art to guide

communicate with, educate and

heal others?

• Graphic designer.

• Multi media designer.

• Photographer.

• Advertising. TV, Magazine, etc

• Artist.

• Craftsperson.

• Furniture designer.

• Gallery Director.

• Gallery Assistant.

• Illustrator.

• Interior Designer.

• Teacher

• Interactive Media.

• Printer.

• Screen Printer.

• Public Relations.

• Museum work.

• Digital creative artist

• Architect.

• Set, Display and Exhibit Designer.

• Art Therapist.

• Cartoonist.

• Town planner

• Animator.

• Movie and Television Director

• Museum Technician.

• Hairdresser.

Careers in Digital Art


Do you like to use computers, lens

based media and digital tools to

create new visual products?


For a really long list click here*



Our 2016 AIC graduates share some of their

early experiences

The workload of Architecture program in CUHK is even more

overwhelming than I expected. In this program more value is placed on

design than technology or sciences. With the aim of encouraging

imagination and creation, some projects and assignments are quite

interesting. To my surprise, although challenging, this program shares

quite a few similarities with my previous IB Visual Arts course, making

me less unfamiliar with my present major courses. Now I spend almost

all day except for sleeping in the Architecture studio everyday drawing

and making models, which I hope would not undermine my

determination to study architecture.

Libby has begun her Architecture course at the

Chinese University of Hong Kong

I remember the first day in Goldsmith’s was novel.

My life suddenly filled with new people and cultures.

My university is basically a mixture of old fashioned

and modern buildings and sometimes it is really hard

to believe that they belong to a university. Our new

studios are huge and easily accommodate the Fine Art

33 students. I am just beginning my classes and I’m

really excited about it. Although London is cold at the

moment - Im enjoying it here.

Amy is beginning her Fine Art course at

Goldsmith’s University, London



Here in university I’m finding out that History of Art is

really a discipline that requires true passion for Art. I have

always known that History of Art was not an easy subject

but the complexity of the course has gone beyond my

imagination. For example, in my school we are not really

studying works of Art yet. Instead, for the first year, we are

studying a whole system of human sciences; mainly history

and philosophy - indicating that in order to understand the

Art of the past - we need first to understand “the past”!

Jean is getting started with her History of Art

course at Sorbonne University, Paris

If you have a tale to tell about life beyond the IB Diploma course at AIC

Please do share with us by contacting ARTBEAT and we will publish your




FOCUS and why you should do it

by John Knauss

In Drama class at AIC, we define focus as “directing one’s awareness.” In

many meditative practices (such as Buddhism), focus is essential in that it

gives the practitioner conscious control over their actions, rather than

being at the mercy of unconscious habits and patterns.

Our everyday lives are often run on “auto-pilot,” with our thoughts and

actions simply happening without our awareness of them. If you have ever

lost focus in class or life, forgetting what you are doing for seconds or

minutes at a time as your mind wanders and your body follows, you have

experienced such running on “auto-pilot”.

The importance of a strong (or deep) focus for the actor is great. Every

actor who performs live is required to focus 100% of the time they are

onstage. This is what the audience has paid money to see, and this is what

the play requires. Actors rehearse for many, many hours to discover and

refine the words and actions of the play in the same way that musicians

practice music. When it comes time to perform the play, the actor will then

simply focus on acting out the part in “real-time” with a live audience and

their fellow performers. This is the main distinction between theatre and

film or television. Theatre allows an audience to witness and participate in

something that is always potentially alive, occurring moment to moment.

For this reason, no two live performances are exactly alike.

Focus is also very important in life. In fact, focus IS life. If a student asks

me “How do I know if I am focused?” I will reply, “Can you hear the sounds

outside the window? Can you see the different patterns of light on my face?

Can you feel the floor against your feet or the temperature of the room?”

This is simply how we know, and coincidentally is the same test for how we

know we are physically alive with all of our physical senses working!

Our modern life is increasingly virtual in that communication and

experience is more and more often happening through text messages, video

games, movies, etc. This is not bad or wrong, but if we lose a direct

experience of life, communication, and one another in real-time (The sight of

a real sunset, the ability to listen to others, the confident use of our own

voices and bodies, etc.) we have lost some essential to being human and

fully alive.

For these reasons, focus is the starting point for all performers, as well as

for everyone else. Choosing to direct our awareness, words, and actions is

what makes us more than animals, and opens us up to the richness of our

lives in this complex and beautiful world in which we find ourselves at this

moment in history.




On how brainstorming ideas helps us to catch the creative lightening

Are you one of those people who find yourself unconsciously making marks, scribbling elaborate

doodles or writing down (then illustrating or decorating) notes on whatever surface is to hand when

you are supposed to be doing something else? Perhaps you always being told off for not paying

complete attention in class as you doodle out your visions or decorate the page(s) before you ? Then do

not worry because this is not a bad thing!

There is a word for it and its called: “brainstorming” and it’s a skill that we can really begin to enhance

and develop to our advantage with a bit of direction. Perhaps the best way to describe “brainstorming”

is simply by using an image of how it may work:

By the time you read this, our current DP2 students will have been brewing-up brainstorms of their

own in order to: firstly generate the right conditions for the “lightening” of an idea and then to convert

those flashes of creative energy and direct them into meaningful Process Portfolio work. The best thing

about using this brainstorming process is that more often than not the brainstorm itself also counts

towards your Process Portfolio. We look at how certain students from our DP2 studio are getting ready

to bring the thunder. . . .



Napawon Khumthong (Aye)

My ideas-generation has brought me to consider what

impressions complete strangers make of us upon first

meeting and how our identities may be judged unfairly

or inaccurately. The tendency for us to “label” people is

something which I would like to consider.

Jeff Park

My new ideas come from an appreciation of the work of

abstract artists such as Piet Mondrian and Richard Pousette

Dart. I am interested in how I might combine representing

my interest in architecture by using abstract expressionist

techniques to depict it. I have already explored some of

these techniques in my recent portrait works.


Jasmine Xie

My new ideas are related to my Extended Essay which is on

Feminism in Chinese Contemporary Art. I am also

interested in the role of the individual in a collectivist

society. My influences (following on from Francis Bacon) are

Lin Tianmiao, Cui Xiuwen and Lucien Freud.

Haroun Bentarka

My new ideas come from the depersonalisation of people in

our contemporary world; which seems increasingly to be

heading towards a “New World Order” with whole

populations treated like numbers or commodities instead of

human beings.




One of the reasons why the IB

Visual Arts Diploma course is a

superior course of study, is

because it reflects the practice

of real artists and designers.

The Process Portfolio element

of the course (which in this

piece we are referring

metaphorically to as “the

storm” )- is where the young

artist demonstrates his or her

ability to share with us the

build-up to their ideas for a

piece of artwork. To visually

communicate that storm of

little bits and pieces of ideas,

influences and inspiration

which gradually become

concentrated and refined and

modified towards a final

product. Just about every

person involved in the Arts will

understand and be familiar

with this process when it

comes to realising their work.

At AIC students are

encouraged to brainstorm and

process their ideas. To use a

sketchbook - to pin drawings

and sheets of imagery to a

creative wall - to communicate

their ideas thoughts and

feelings and to generally

surround themselves with a

storm of inspiration and

creative energy with which to

refine their Art from.

Above, Furniture

Designer’s drawings

on display in

La Triennale Di




belonging to Eugene

Delcroix ,1837


John Knauss in the House

An interview with AIC’s new Drama Teacher

Betty Yin from Grade 10 interviewed John Knauss, AIC’s Drama Man.

She asked him about his life and his views on Drama.


BY Hi John, why did you come to our IB school to teach Drama?

JK I think that teaching Drama at our school was of interest for Bob and Chrys (our Directors) because:

number one it helps strengthen the English ability of our students. which is important so that their

listening , their speaking and even their reading - also it helps the students become more creative. Finally it

helps them to express themselves.

BY Did you have another job before you became a Drama teacher?

JK Before I was a Drama teacher? Well I also teachArt but before I was teacher (I’ve been teaching now for

seven years) I had a theatre in New York - I was an Actor. I was also a writer and an illustrator which is

something I still do whenever I have time.

BY Thank you. Wow, that must be interesting. The next question that I would like to ask is why you have

come to China?


JK Ah yes, so I thought it would be a very interesting time to live and work in China because the students

that I would be teaching are going to effect China in the future, right? Perhaps even the rest of the world.

So sharing some of the things that I think are important and valuable seemed like a really interesting

thing to do.

BY What is the core value of Drama?

JK Like what is the most important thing about Drama? Well you know because were doing it in a class

right now - where we've been working on our focus. I think the core thing about Drama and live

performance (which is different than working with film or television) is that everything happens in real

time. It happens right now, though are ability to focus on the present\- what we call the “present moment”

is a very powerful thing on stage and in a performance and it also allows you to experience life fully and I

think that in itself is probably the most important thing about Drama.

BY Did Drama change your life?

JK Yes!

BY Can you say how?

JK Well, just like what I just said before - the idea of being able to live your life in a way that is truly

yours because you take responsibility for each moment and your choices and your ability to be fully aware

and fully alive in that moment, I think is a very big thing. And when I learned that you could use that on

stage and create powerful things for other people. So; if you have a very good play that you're performing

and you perform it in a very powerful way you can change the world in small ways. . .

BY Thank you, I am very interested in Drama and often go to the theatre in Guangzhou to watch plays- its

been a pleasure to interview you.

JK Thank you very much Betty, you are most welcome.


Clearly, we have a lot to look forward to when we are scheduled for Drama classes with John.

At school, there's an emphasis on student’s learning to read and write in English and rightly so, as these are

fundamental skills. But where's the interest in how well a student is communicating and how clearly and confidently

they are speaking? If you consider how much we communicate orally, interacting with friends, family, colleagues

and strangers, then it seems odd that more emphasis isn't put on this in schools.

Good communication skills are an essential life skill, helping us make friends, get the most out of school, land the

dream job, succeed in that dream job. Indeed, you'd be wracking your brains to think of a job that doesn't demand

good communication skills.

That's why drama is so good for students: it teaches them not only how to speak clearly, loudly and with confidence,

but many other communication skills as well which are beyond being pertinent to the English language learner but

general life skills.

Click for 79 Reasons why Drama is good for you!



FUN SECTION Cartoon Pages




FUN SECTION Cartoon Pages



FUN SECTION - APP-ROVAL by Brandon Chansavang

Ahoy Animators! If you have been doing Jamie and William’s

Animation CAS, then you may already know about this cool

App which helps you create animated cartoons.

Folioscope is a great app for creating terrific hand

drawn animations in no time!

You can use simple yet powerful tools to draw your

animations with your finger on the iPhone or iPad screen.

Then you can share your best creations with the community.

Participate in themed contests to improve yourself and

become a master animator

iMotion is an iPhone app the uses the iPhone camera to

capture up to 500 pictures and turn those into stopmotion.


The app requires you to have the latest 3.1 software and

preferably the iPhone 3GS for optimal performance. You can

use it to either capture photos manually, or automatically

using time-lapse to create your very own animations.

Jamie and his CAS Animator’s have tried and tested it and

found it produces great results.

Adobe Photoshop Sketch (for tablets) is a

free app that provides users with a set of expressive drawing

tools. Users can choose from utilities that mimic a graphite

pencil, ink pen or marker. The app supports a variety of

Bluetooth styluses on the market such as Adobe Ink, Pencil,

and others by Wacom and Adonit. Sketch aims to replicate

the analog drawing experience, augmented with a few digital

flourishes such as a color picker and an undo history. Users

can import in assets from other Creative Cloud tools such as

custom brushes and colors, and your creations can also be

exported into Creative Cloud as layered PSDs to Photoshop,

or flat images for Illustrator.



Interested in Dia De Los Muertos and all things Mexican ?

Why not research the graphic works of Jose Guadalupe Posada?

Or the compelling paintings of Frida Khalo or Diego Riviera?

Perhaps you like the Folk Arts of Mexico?

Maybe you are interested in the artifacts from Aztec Culture?

Just want to see more cool skulls?

(Click on the underlined links)

What that Cursing Floral Skull has had to say so far :

If you touch my flowers you will forever smell like a bus driver’s underwear!

If you pick my flowers your head will swell up and eventually explode!

If you touch my flowers your new dorm roommate will be the girl from “The Ring”!

If you touch my flowers your hands will turn into tiny spoons (with holes in them)!

Touch my flowers and you and your friends will have to do three hours more of

evening study!

Touch my flowers and I will make sure that you never have a wifi signal in school!

(actually, I think that curse may have come true already)


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