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Posted Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 

The children in Year 3 have been learning about ancient civilizations in their topic work and have learned specifically about The Romans and The Mongolians. In Art the children have learned about the nature of mosaics and their subject matter. They have researched designs and have come up with their own (see sketch designs) of birds, wolves, patterns, and Roman warriors, for example.   The children then translated these designs onto mosaic tiles, learning how to arrange and cut the tesserae's to enhance their designs. 

                                    Pia Kanaan

Head of Junior School Art


 

  

Posted Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 

Do you know what a Pangolin is? Well, they are scaly anteaters, nocturnal mammals that live on land in tropical areas. At day most pangolins curl up into a ball and sleep; curling up into a ball also defends them from predators.

A pangolin has long tail, short powerful limbs and a conical head and a sticky tongue. Some pangolins live in trees but most are ground dwellers. Ground dwelling pangolins have strong legs capable of digging into termite mounds for food. The arboreal pangolins have prehensile tails, which they use both for balance and as a hook to hang from.  Arboreal pangolins roll up a tree hollow at night to sleep.

Pangolins vary in size. The Long-Tailed Pangolin is smallest, at about 3 feet (1 metre) long and weighing 3-4 pounds (2 kg). The Giant Pangolin is almost 6 feet (2 metres) long and weighs 70 pounds (32 kg). The Giant Pangolin’s tongue is about 2 feet (61cm) long, and internally is anchored to the pangolin’s hipbones.

But did you know that there are few still alive, that they are one of the most endangered mammal groups in the world? And did you know that humans are the cause of this?
They are used mostly for medical purposes. The fetuses of a pangolin and its blood are used for medicines; the meat is considered a delicacy, their skin makes attractive leather for boots and stuffed pangolins are sold as souvenirs.

Pangolins are being poached at levels over 3000 times higher than rhinos; roughly 1,200,000-1,300,000 pangolins are being poached. Over the last 15-20 years the pangolin population has decreased by 50%.

Below are some websites you can view to discover more information about pangolins.
Save Pangolins-http://savepangolins.org/
 “ Paddy the Pangolin”
Project Pangolin- http://pangolins.org/

Yoko Tai
Year 5 Student

Posted Friday, Feb 21, 2014 

Last weekend saw the long awaited Award Ceremony for the City Weekend Art and Writing competition, on the theme of The Candy factory.

Dulwich College Junior school did particularly well, with winners in all three entered categories, gaining first, second and third places in their age categories.

Congratulations to the winners who celebrated with presents and of course, candy, at the Golden Jaguar Hotel. Lucy Andrews as a finalist, Shu Yong Tan as third prize winner, Dabin Namgoung in second place and Cindy Wang in first place attended the ceremony.

Cindy's wonderful collage of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has received a bid by the main sponsor of the competition and she is still thinking whether to accept his offer to buy her piece. What a great start to your art career Cindy!

Well done to you all!

Ms. Pia Kanaan
Junior school art teacher

Posted Friday, Jan 24, 2014 
Dulwich College Shanghai was proud to host the 14th Annual Parkway Health Calendar competition

Dulwich College Shanghai was proud to host the 14th Annual Parkway Health Calendar competition in the Senior School library on Saturday, 18th January.

The artists, teachers and parents represented nine schools and we were proud to be represented by our two Dulwich College Junior School winners: Shu Yong Tan and Bella De Marino, both in Year 4.

The library looked very inviting, adorned with beautiful artwork, flowers and some light refreshments. Ms. Kristie Tan from Parkway Health presented the prizes to all the budding artists and a cheque to their charity for 5000rmb from the sales of their calendar.

The beautiful artwork of these two students is on display in the Main College Reception.

 

 

Posted Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 

It has been a little over one month now since we sent off our entries to the City Weekend Art & Writing Competition on the theme of the 'Candy Factory'.

It was probably our most popular competition to date and you may have seen a fleeting glimpse of some of the entries in reception a day before we submitted the impressive works in both 2D and 3D.

Thanks to all of you who submitted your works – they were fantastic!

This year, City Weekend received a total of 944 submissions from 17 schools in Shanghai! Though the judging process was very difficult, they narrowed down all the submissions to 81 finalists.

We can now, at long last, announce the winners and finalists. The works will be displayed in school in Januray.  

Congratulations to the following winners and finalists:

Winners
Shu Yong Tan- 3rd place in Group B (age 8)
Dabin Namgoung- 2nd place in Group C (age 9)
Cindy Wang- 1st place in Group C (age 10)

Finalists:
Lucy Andrew, age 10
Alkmene Boutair, aged 7

These students are invited to an award ceremony which will be held on Saturday, January 11th. The venue and exact time will be announced in another email that will be sent out to the children's parents.

Thanks again to all of you.

Ms. Pia Kanaan
Junior School Art Teacher

Posted Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 

I am delighted to announce the two winners of the Parkway Health 2014 Calendar Competition, proceeds from the calendars will go to charity to support children with Leukemia.  They are:
Bella de Marino and Shu Yong Tan (who was also a winner last year) both in Year 4.
Well done! You have done us proud!
They were chosen out of all the entries from in and around Shanghai and only 12 children in total were selected.

Secret Squirrel Art Alert:
Introducing an exciting personalised Christmas present idea:

We are delighted to have sourced various models of transparent plastic covers for an iPhone 4,4S, 5, 5S or 5C for your child to design and make for that very special person at Christmas time.

We have the covers ready in the Art room for your son or daughter to paint and decorate with a unique and personalised design.

This does not need to be rushed and can take until Christmas to make and will retail at 50rmb at the Winter fair and near Christmas. All proceeds will go towards the moon bears at Animals Asia Chengdu Rescue Centre and the Noughts and Hearts charity.

Your children can come to the Art room to collect covers and we will start our very own designs.

Art Lovers Alert: The Impressionists paintings are here in Shanghai!
The Impressionists were a group of painters who lived and worked mainly in Paris and France during the 1880's and up to the turn of the century.  They are best remembered by pretty pictures on the front of chocolate boxes, however, they were far from being about creating nice paintings of every day life, they caused a revolution in Art that has changed art ever since.

Barbizon through Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute are unveiled at the Shanghai Museum until 4th December.

The exhibition begins with the landscape paintings of the Barbizon school (those who painted the Great Outdoors) and Impressionists, featuring representative works by Camille Corot, Jean-Francois Millet, and Theodore Rousseau. There are also paintings by Camille Passarro, Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
The 73 paintings on display take hours for visitors to appreciate.

It is a must and not to be missed exhibition! Especially for Year 3 who are studying the portraits of Eduard Manet (one piece in the exhibition).

Junior School Charity Project : Cycle Re-cycle.
The Will Foundation boys were in Junior School this week and painted my bike in the style of the Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh (an Impressionist painter).  If you would like to have your bike painted for the sum of 80RMB, you too can have a style of the impressionists (dots, sunflowers) painted by the children in the Junior school. The money raised will go towards Noughts and Hearts and the Moon Bears. Please bring your bike to the Art room on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes. Thanks!

Ms. Pia Kanaan
Junior School Art Teacher

Posted Friday, Oct 25, 2013 

Introducing an exciting personalised Christmas present idea:

We are delighted to have sourced various models of transparent plastic covers for an iPhone 4,4S, 5 5S or 5C for your child to design and make for that very special person at Christmas time.

We have the covers ready in the Art room for your son or daughter to paint and decorate with a unique and personalised design. 

This does not need to be rushed and can take until Christmas to make and will retail at 50rmb at the Winter fair and near Christmas. All proceeds will go towards the moon bears at Animals Asia Chengdu Rescue Centre and the Noughts and Hearts charity.

Your children can come to the Art room to collect covers and we will start our very own designs next week.

Ms. Pia Kanaan
Junior School Art Teacher

Posted Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 

Year 4 have been studying Environments in their topic work. In art, we have been focusing in on architecture and urban landscapes.

The children have been learning about the architecture of modern and traditional China.  They have incorporated their building in a ceramic shape, and have studied and recorded the Chinese designs of ancient art relics. I am sure you will agree this design work is really striking.

Cindy Nie (4G)       Matthew Zhang (4S)

Year 5 have been studying the wonders of the Universe. They have learned all about Nebulas and Supernovas. We have been amazed to learn that the 92 elements that make up every part of every material on Earth are made from the centre of an exploding star!

That means we are made of the same particles that make up the mountains such as the Himalayas and of creatures such as dinosaurs!

In fact, carbon, that is part of every particle in our bodies is only created in the very depths of a supernova.

Here we have replicated the wonder of our universe in textile pieces. We have used silk paints and angelina fibre and sewed on details in the form of beads and sequins.

Here is a selection of the beautiful work we have made.

Kira Patel (5T)        Marcus Gao (5T)

Ms. Pia Kanaan
Junior School Art Teacher

Posted Friday, Sep 20, 2013 

Announcing The 14th Parkway Health Art Competition

Parkway Health would like to invite the students from Dulwich College Junior School to participate in their 14th Annual Charity Art Calendar Contest.

The theme for this year’s calendar is “My Home in China”.

There will be one category that will include work from students aged 7 to 12 years. Students should submit their original artwork to Ms. Pia Kanaan or Ms. Haze Chen in the Junior school art room before Thursday, 17th October.

14th Annual Parkway Health Charity Art Calendar Contest Rules
1. Artwork Specifications
• Type of Art: Painting, sketch, paper cutting or computer-aided drawings (needs to be two dimensional or at least able to scan)
• Size: A3 Size Paper
• Contents: All this information must go on the back of each artwork.
- Artist’s First and Last Name
- Age
- School
- Title of Work

October Art Soapbox competition

Question: If you would combine any two animals, what would it be? What would you call it? What would some of its special / unique abilities be? 

Task: Written portion should be 3-5 sentences along with a drawing

Information: Do not forget to add your name and yeargroup

Deadline: Wednesday, 25th September

Please hand them to Ms. Kanaan or Ms. Haze in the Junior school Art room.

GOOD LUCK!

Posted Friday, Sep 6, 2013 

Sketch Book Cover
The children have started this term by discussing their art projects and decorating their sketchbooks in the theme of their projects.

Here is a selection of sketchbook art covers.

Year 3 are studying portraits and have used collage.
Year 4 are studying urban environments and have made a patterned collage.
Year 5 are studying space and have used chalks for their covers.
Year 6 have drawn FEAR with oil crayons to start off their Titanic Project. 

                                     

  

Calling All Writers And Aritists!
Once again I am calling all you talented Dulwich College Junior School artists to think super imaginatively and express yourselves with talent in the exciting City Weekend Art and Writing competition.
As many of you know, we have a fantastic record for winning art competitions and have a proven track record of our artists achieving the first, second or third places. Sometimes all three. Last year we were very proud to have winners in each year group section of the City Weekend competition.

This year the theme is a vision of the ultimate sweet /candy factory. Think about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or images from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with all their Toot Sweets for example.  Lots of rainbow colours, designs, patterns,  filled with your favourite tastes and shapes, would be great.

Any art form is accepted, whether it is a painting, sculpture, comic drawing, collage, 3D diorama … The sky is the limit!

Using your imagination, accompany your beautiful work with a 100 word description.

Let your imagination fly and please ask me if you would like any advice on how to improve your work or ideas.

Remember, the judges will be looking for students who have made a big effort and have obviously spent time on their entries.  You are welcome to use the resources in the Art room for your work.

Please hand in your work to Pia Kanaan or Haze Chen with your name, age and class clearly labelled by Friday 27th October.

Good luck all you great artists! I can't wait to see all those creative sweets!

Ms. Pia Kanaan
Junior school Art Teacher

Posted Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 

Good News!

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 'Oh What A Colourful Life It Is" Art competition. 55 Art entries have been exhibited at the store, Le Mandalay in The Kerry Centre over the last month. The judges of this competition have been the local community visiting The Kerry Centre. They have selected three of our Dulwich College Junior School Artists as the winners out of 55 entries.

1.4-8 years age group:   1st prize - Joy Xu
2.9-12 years age group: 2nd prize - Candy Hsu
3.9-12 years age group: 3rd prize - Pauline Leroi

They will have one cushion illustrated with their own drawing, plus 1 gift from Mandalay. All the winners are asked to go to Le Mandalay store in The Kerry Parkside (near Blue Frog) by next week.
WELL DONE GIRLS!We are proud of you!

Ms. Pia Kanaan
JS Art Teacher

   Joy Xu



 

 

    Candy Hsu

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                               

  

 

 

 

    Pauline Leroi

Posted Thursday, May 16, 2013 

Thank you to all the Junior School artists who submitted their beautiful and colourful artwork for the 'Oh What A Colourful Life It Is" art competition. Our Junior School students submitted 16 entries, bursting with colour and life.

The drawings will be displayed in the store 'Le Mandalay', near the Blue Frog at the Kerry Centre between 16th May and 2nd June. The clients who enter the store will be encouraged to vote for their favourite art work. So, please feel free to add your votes!

Once voting has taken place, nine of the artists shall be rewarded for making the most popular artworks.The competition is out of 55 entries. Once the winners have been announced, we will let the children know in assembly and the results will be printed in the newsletter. Good luck to all the participants!

Posted Friday, Apr 12, 2013 

Art Competition Announcement: What a Colourful Life It Is!
Calling All DUCKS and Junior School Artists!

Le Mandalay is glad to announce their 'What a Colourful life It Is' Art competition 2013 for all of you Dulwich College children aged 4-12, who love Art! Do I hear you say, "That’s all of us!"?

The artwork should have the theme 'What a Colourful Life It Is’ (happy moments, a holiday, a festival, for example). It can be in any medium you choose (painting, drawing or print), but it MUST come with a 10-word description (in your best handwriting, please), along with your name, age, year group and school clearly marked on the back.

The competition ends on 12th May (Mother’s Day) and should be submitted to Mrs. Pia Kanaan or Ms. Haze Chen in the Junior School Art Room by Thursday, 9th May to allow submission time.

Students with the finest artworks shall be awarded with certificates and cushions on Sunday, 16th June (Father’s Day!).

Le Mandalay is a leading retailer of beautiful quality home fabrics sought from all over the Far East for home furnishing.

How exciting, children! Off you go! I know you can make some beautiful award-winning work and remember COLOUR (and COLOUR mixing)

Posted Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 
DCS Y5 Student Art




Posted Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 
Alyssa Ling Year 5S
Posted Friday, Feb 1, 2013 

We have recently announced that the Junior School Charity Day is on Friday, 22nd February 2013. There will be a hive of different activities all around the school that day to help raise funds towards our charities: the adoption of our 4-year old male panda bear, Ming Ming at the Chengdu Breeding Base and our newer cause in helping the Moon Bears from their lives of misery, through the charity Animals Asia.org. It would be fantastic if we were able to raise enough money to adopt one of the six bears recently rescued from an illegal bile farm in Sichuan province.

In our Art History CCA class, the children are learning how to depict portraits in the style of Leonardo Da Vinci. If you would like to have a quick sketch portrait of your child in the same style using the Smufato technique, I shall be happy to draw it, using sepia colours. All proceeds and donations shall go towards the charities. I shall take a photo/sketch in the Art Room with a light source and shall make the portraits in my spare time. It will be ongoing and will take about 1-2 weeks, depending on demand! The donations go directly to Finance for the Dulwich Bears. Mock-up examples are available for you to see in the Art Room. Please contact haze.chen@dulwich-shanghai.cn or pia.kanaan@dulwich-shanghai.cn for a booking/sitting during break times.

Posted Friday, Jan 25, 2013 

This week has been a very successful one for Dulwich College Junior Art and we would like to share our news!

Two weekends ago, we celebrated the Parkway Health Calendar Contest in a smart ceremony at Concordia for the 12 finalists from all over Shanghai. Shu Yong Tan from 3P was our winning entrant and I was very proud that she represented Dulwich College with her wonderful painting of an underwater scene, showing competence in the use of colour and contrasting tones. Please see the photos below of her with her winning entry on the theme of Save our Planet.

Last weekend, I was very pleased to attend a lavish ceremony at the Renaissance Yu Yuan garden in which 30 Art student finalists were recognised for their talented entries in the City Weekend Art and Writing Competition. We were proud of our three finalists representing Dulwich College, and even more delighted to learn that Vernita Zhai (Year 6) won the overall Winner's prize (one of three winners in all of Shanghai and surrounding cities). Candy Hsu (Year 6 ) won the First Runner-up prize and Cathy Tan in Year 2 won Second Runner-up in her category. 

We are all overjoyed with the results. Well done!

                               

                                             

Posted Friday, Jan 18, 2013 

We are proud to announce that Dulwich College Shanghai have three finalists in the City Weekend Art and Writing competition that was held in October 2012. It was based on the theme 'Into the Future'. The finalists are Vernita Zhai 6J, Candy Hsu 6K, and Cathy Tan 2H.

Judging by the A * level entries submitted by the students, they have a wonderful creative future ahead of them. WELL DONE! The awards ceremony shall be announced soon.

This is a photo of Vernita Zhai with her winning entry, a sculptural scroll in 3D depicting the theme of the competition and reflecting a hopeful message.

Posted Friday, Jan 11, 2013 

Students taking part in the Eco Dudes CCA have been making pangolins to raise awareness of the plight of these rare Asian anteaters. Pangolins are in danger of extinction as a result of the Asian restaurant and leather trade.

 

Posted Friday, Nov 30, 2012 

We have a display of beautiful bear mugs outside the Art Room made by some of the students at DCS. All the mugs are for sale at 40RMB each and we are taking orders now for Christmas.

If you would like to place an order, or make a design for your mug, please contact Pia Kanaan or Haze Chen in the Art Room with the number of mugs you wish to order. All proceeds shall go towards our Dulwich Bears.


Posted Friday, Sep 21, 2012 

I am excited to announce the City Weekend Art and Writing competition 2012, open to the whole College - DUCKS, the Junior School and the Senior School!

This year, the topic is: 100 Years Into The Future - if you had a time machine and you could travel 100 years into the future, what do you think the world would look like? Would people be travelling in hovercrafts or vacationing on the moon? Would we be in contact with aliens?  Using your imagination, create your vision of the future and write a 100-word description.

The Art & Writing Competition is open to all international students in Shanghai, ages 2-16. Between the month of September and October, the students can submit their artwork and their 100-word descriptions to enter into the competition. The competition will be divided into four different age groups to avoid any unfair advantages. Below, you will find the details of the competition and awards:

*Artwork can be any form of art the student chooses (i.e. painting, drawing, sculpture, constructing, 3D diorama... the sky is the limit!) but MUST come accompanied with a 100-word description of their artwork along with their name, age, grade/year and school.
*Submissions must be sent to Room 1501, World Trade Tower, 500 Guangdong Lu, Shanghai, 200001  /  广东路500号1501室上海200001) by October 31 OR handed to Mrs. Kanaan in the Junior School Art Room by Friday, 26th October 2012.

*After receiving the submissions, 50-80 entries will be chosen to be displayed at an award ceremony in December and those students will be invited with their families to attend. They will be awarded with certificates and prizes (venue and exact date TBA).

This is such a fabulous opportunity to let students be creative and use their imaginations, and it is going to be super fun! Please spread the word throughout DCS and to all your teachers, students and families so that we can submit some incredible artwork this year! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

I'm really looking forward to enjoying plenty of fabulous artwork from our artists around the College!

Ms. Pia Kanaan
Junior School Art Teacher

Posted Friday, Sep 21, 2012 

We  are  pleased  to  invite  Junior School Students to  participate  in  our 13th  Annual  Charity   Art  Calendar  Contest.    The  theme  for  this  year’s calendar  will  be  

“Save  the  planet”.    

We  will  have  one  category  that  will  include  work  from  children  who are between  7  and   12   years   of   age.     Each   school   should   submit all   of their   student’s  original   artwork to The Junior school Art room before  Wednesday,  October  10th.    

Following   submission,   ParkwayHealth   will   select   the   winners   whose   artwork   will   be   displayed  in  the  2013  calendar.    Schools  will  be informed of  the  judge’s  decision  by  the   end  of  October.    An awards ceremony  for  the  winners,  their  parents,  and  art  teachers will  take place  in  December.    If  you  have any  questions,  please  do  not  hesitate  to contact  Merav  Ashery at  merav.ashery@parkwayhealth.cn  or  at  6445 1515.

Dulwich have produced wonderful work and many winners in this contest, year after year!

I am so looking forward to seeing your art work and to celebrate the Junior school’s artistic talents!

Ms. Pia Kanaan
Junior School Art Teacher

Posted Friday, Sep 14, 2012 
The Republic of China Association of Children's Art Education and the National Taiwan's Art Education Centre co-sponsor the annual International Children's Art Exhibition at the beginning of August. The exhibition is now underway and is on display in Taiwan.

The Republic of China Association of Children's Art Education and the National Taiwan's Art Education Centre co-sponsor the annual International Children's Art Exhibition at the beginning of August. The exhibition is now underway and is on display in Taiwan.

The goal of the exhibition is to increase friendship through art and to further cultural exchange. This year, in the 43rd year of its running, about thirty thousand works were submitted by art institutions from 53 countries worldwide. The number has exceeded the entries in previous years.

Our Junior School Art Department submitted ten works of art for the exhibition, as long ago as last April. We have just heard the fantastic news that six of our past and present Junior School students have been selected for the exhibition and were chosen by a prominent Chinese and Taiwanese Arts committee. There is an illustrated catalogue in the Art Room that illustrates the strict selection process and names each of the judges with some details about them.  

I am very proud to announce the following student artists from Dulwich College Shanghai, whose work has been selected for this prestigious worldwide exhibition:

Rhiannon Piper (Year 7) - "Friends for Life"
Sarah Jiang (Year 5 ) - "Smile Around the World"
Kassandra Urfano (Year 7) - "World Values"
Wendy Sung (Year 7) - "Friendship"
Helen Wu (Left DCS, but parents will be notified) - "All the Pieces Make Up Multiculturalism"
Candy Hsu (Year 6) - "We are the World"

All these works of art show the children's brightness, imagination, ideals, faith and happiness. The works also portray the sensitive observation and delicate description of their topic.

Thank you to all those who took part in this event. We shall celebrate the children's exceptional achievement in an awards ceremony at an upcoming assembly.

Ms.Pia Kanaan
Junior School Art Teacher

Posted Friday, Sep 7, 2012 

Year 4 have been using the painting 'The Fighting Temeraire, 1838', by English painter, Joseph Mallord William Turner, as a starting point for their project on environments this term.

The painting shows the final journey of the Temeraire, a celebrated British gunship which had fought valiantly in Lord Nelson's fleet at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The painting depicts the ship, decaying and no longer in use, being towed 55 miles up the Thames where she was broken up in the Rotherhithe shipyard. Her name means bold or fearless in French.

Here we see the use of chalk in emulating Turner's skyscape scenes with examples by Joy Xu, Lauren Dunn and Samuel Lyons.

Posted Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 

Batik is an ancient method of colour dyeing. Technically, batik is the process of applying dyes to porous surfaces. Historically, this method has been around for many hundreds of years. Esthetically, batik produces some of the most beautiful art in the world. However, it is not easy and involves many hours of careful and concentrated work.

The children first make their representational or abstract pattern onto silk or cotton. Wax is then placed in specific areas on the fabric using a "tjanting" tool. Wax acts like a barrier to the colour dyes and allows a colour to remain while the remaining non-waxed fabric absorbs the dye. The wax is then removed by using a hot iron.

The process of batik is practised around the world. New techniques are continually evolving. Indonesian batik artists are well-known throughout the world as the best at this technique. On the beautiful islands of Bali and Java, young Indonesians start in their villages by learning from their elders.

Well done to all the children who have made these beautiful batiks!

Here are examples of a Year 3 floral study made in his sketchbook by Paul Special and realized into his batik design, and of Jerry Cheng’s imaginative floral design.

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