Great Wall Field Trip (6th grade)

Great Wall Field Trip
In June, students are given the opportunity to travel to Beijing and visit the Great Wall as well as other major tourist sites. On day one, students visit the Imperial Palace, go to an acrobatics show and eat Peking duck. On the second day, they go on a morning hutong tour via pedicab, and then travel to the outskirts of Beijing to hike an unrestored section of the Great Wall of China, and camp next to the Great Wall. In the morning, the students hike down from the Wall and have a village lunch. This is a unique trip enjoyed every year by students and teachers!

High School Art Field Trip
Student Reviews of Shanghai Biennale at the Power Station of Art

On Friday, February 24, our art teachers, Ms. Hayes and Mrs. Edwards, brought more than 70 high school art students to the Shanghai Biennale at the Power Station of Art. Titled “Why Not Ask Again? Arguments, Counter-Arguments and Stories,” the Shanghai Biennale exhibition occupied the first three floors of the Power Station of Art, exhibiting works by 92 international artists from 40 countries worldwide, including 27 Chinese artists. We invite you to enjoy the reviews of the art exhibitions written by students in our Media Arts class:

Danny Yu, Grade 10

The Shanghai Biennale is held in the Power Station of Art; such a spacious building is fitting for a similarly huge exhibition. The sizes of the artworks range from covering entire rooms that take several minutes to walk through to tiny illustrations scribbled on the walls. Despite of their diversity, these artworks all share a common theme: to ask and question.

art field tripThe medium ranges from artwork to artwork, but they all have the same mien of mystery. Although they appear to be unclear or outright nonsensical at first glance, that is literally the point of the exhibition: to make the viewer question stuff. Through further pondering and questioning, the viewer engages in the artwork unlike most other exhibitions. Each viewer may have a different take away from their experiences, but all of them are valid if they were given actual thought. The artworks have definitely done their job in expressing the theme.

The Shanghai Biennale is a breath of fresh air from the traditional exhibition one would usually see; it is worth visiting even just for the sake of experiencing something new. The artworks will incite in the viewer questions of even basic, fundamental knowledge that most people have never thought more of or doubted before.

Brendan Wang, Grade 9 art field trip

Although this art gallery was the size of a couple football fields, not once did it feel empty or vacant of intriguing works. Being way too young to even pretend to understand contemporary art, I tried my best to grasp the messages that the many artists were trying to convey. Experiencing the sounds and effects the way they were meant to be experienced really blew my mind. I was able to fully interact with a few of the artworks and this made the art exhibition far more worth seeing than any other that I’ve ever seen. The “Great Chain of Being” installation by Mousen+MSG was interesting enough to make me go back for more immediately. The sounds, the lighting, and the designs were so captivating that it almost felt like a rollercoaster or haunted house, two of my favorite man-made adventures. No longer was I the impatient child begging his parents to take him home. Throughout the field trip I really learned to look at art from a different perspective. As the old saying goes, never judge a book by its cover.

Elyssa Tsai, Grade 11

art field tripIn this art exhibition, we got to see a lot of moving art such as films, moving light bulbs dipping in ink, 3D spider webs, etc. Art exhibitions like these are more entertaining and more thought provoking than art galleries with only paintings. While viewing a huge pendulum drawing in sand due to some sort of scientific idea, I asked myself whether or not science can truly coexist with creativity and imagination. It questioned my idea of science, and questioned what art was. If art is created because of that scientific idea, does it still make it original? Is it still creative and free? Or is it limited and factual, since the art can be explained by science? Towards the end of the exhibition, after viewing numerous works and making confused faces at some, I questioned the sanity of these artists and wondered: Is art just another form of nonsense…or is nonsense another form of art?

(Photo Credits: Benson Wu and Terry Kim)

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