MRISA Art Exchange is open for Application

What is the MRISA Arts exchange (MRISA AX)

Mekong River International Schools Association (MRISA) carries out sports/arts exchange among 6 international schools in the region. The arts exchange is a fun-packed three-days of Arts workshop in music, dance, drama, and visual arts on March 18-22 at Vientiane International School in Laos.

What is expected of participants?

Selected participants will be involved in weekly after school workshops run by teachers and students January-March.

Selected participants will be in charge of creating and leading their very own workshop to present at the Art Exchange. 

Selected participants will be travelling to Vientiane International School in Laos to take workshops in their chosen discipline as well we exploratory workshops.

Selected participants will be staying with a hosted family in Laos.

* See video from last year’s exchange for a clearer understanding.

Who should apply

Students grade 6 -12 who have a passion for the arts and wish to dive deeper into a chosen discipline.

Students who are willing to collaborate with other students from MRISA schools.

Students who are responsible and respectful.

Students who are comfortable travelling to another country and be hosted by a family in Laos. Families need to be able to host future visiting students from MRISA or APAC events

Who will be selected

  • Only 20 students will  be able to attend
  • 5 for each discipline: Music, Dance, Drama, Visual Arts
  • Selection will be based available spaces application questions and  teacher recommendations.

How do you apply

Complete the application form  by November 22.

Come and speak to Ms Wise or Ms Graham.

Hanoi Band Evening

On October 25, students representing ensembles from HIS, Concordia, St. Paul’s, and UNIS Hanoi put all their skills and individual practice together to form an ensemble of 80 student musicians.  After two rehearsals the group performed.

Enjoy pictures and videos of the rehearsal and performance here. Highlights for students were meeting others who are excited to play and perform music, playing music and spending time with old friends, and of course a celebratory pizza dinner!

MSHS Band Concert

On Friday, October 25, Middle and High School Band and Orchestra students from Hanoi International School, Concordia International School, St. Paul International School and UNIS Hanoi will combine to put on a short performance in the UNIS Hanoi Theatre from 18:00-18:15.

The students have been preparing their parts at their respective schools and will come together on Friday afternoon to put all the parts together for the performance. No Tickets are needed to attend, but make sure to bring an ID or your UNIS ID Badge to enter the school.

This is the second year this event has happened and it is a wonderful way to bring students together through music. Come by to hear a short and FUN performance before enjoying your weekend!

Grade 12 Artists Look Locally At Art

Friday 6 September the G12 Visual Arts students took some time off-campus to visit the Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum and the Manzi Galley.

The focus of the National Fine Arts Museum was to examine works from Vietnamese artists To Ngoc Van and Tran Van Can. Both of these artists have been the topic of critical investigation for two G12 artists, Annie and Tuan Minh, and these students had the opportunity to discuss the history and significance with their classmates.

Students also visited both Manzi galleries. The current exhibition, In Situ, is an exhibition of 6 artists, which was interesting for G12 artists to consider as they begin to prepare for their G12 exhibition (March 2020).

Semester 2 MSHS Arts Exhibition

Quench your imagination at the Semester 2 MSHS Arts Exhibition in the Centre for the Arts Foyer from 6-17 May.

Grade 6 worked on sewing skills and soft sculptures of food inspired by the artists, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, who have turned everyday objects as public art. As a start, students learned and practiced a few different sewing techniques while making their own draw-string bag. Students have decorated it with different kinds of stitches and sewing on of buttons. Students have made soft sculptures of food, the first one to be given to the babies in the local orphanages. Students learned briefly about the significance of physical touch to the babies. The soft sculptures are our ways of somehow giving them comfort and physical touch they need.

Grade 7 investigated portraiture through the lens of personal identity.  Researching the works of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and African American artist Kehinde Wiley, students created two self portraits. One line continuous contour self portraits were created using the ProCreate app on iPad and then vectored in Adobe Illustrator for laser cutting. Pencil drawn portraits appropriated poses based on historical artworks. Both of these challenging tasks asked students to explore their personal identity and in turn learn more about the world around them.

Grade 8 artists have been focusing on a subject we can all agree on: food. In this exhibition, we collaborated with Donkey Bakery, using their donuts as live models for our introduction to ceramic sculpture. Artists then went on to design and sculpt a food-themed sculpture and created this sculpture in three forms: ceramic sculpture, miniature felt sculpture and as a felt painting. Also on display from Grade 8 artists are some collaborative digital paintings. Students spent time creating a collaborative drawing (working on one drawing together with a partner) and then individually digitally edited the drawing. When viewing these images see if you can recognise the location of the subject matter.

Grade 9 artist created vibrant still life painting utilising objects of personal significance in a domestic settings.

Grade 10 artists were asked to create an artwork that captures a sense of place. They created a painting of Hanoi in response to a field trip to the old quarter.

Who made my clothes? – The Fashion Revolution

Who made my clothes? was the theme of a grade 9 design trip to the Vietnam Fashion Revolution Exhibition at the Vietnam Women’s Museum. The exhibition highlights the working conditions and resources utilized to produce clothing. Joining the global movement, this show is Vietnam’s contribution to Fashion Revolution Week. We were lucky enough to be welcomed by one of the country coordinators, who spoke with students about fast fashion and its greater implications on our world. 

This trip is a launch into Grade 9’s final unit of the year considering SDGs 8 & 12.

“Fashion Revolution Week is our #whomademyclothes campaign in April, which falls on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1138 people and injured many more on 24 April 2013. That is the day Fashion Revolution was born. During this week, brands and producers are encouraged to respond with the hashtag #imadeyourclothes and to demonstrate transparency in their supply chain.” –https://www.fashionrevolution.org/about/

Grade 9 Media class and Grade 11 DP Art also made the trip to the Vietnamese Women’s Museum to learn about Fashion Revolution. The art class explored the space and watched the films created by designers who care about the impact that the fashion industry has on our planet. The exhibition is on view until 28 April.

 

 

Designing for the Stage!

Audience members attending Shrek: The Musical may have noticed the set pieces and props used by our fantastically talented HS actors. These unique pieces were developed and produced by the grade 9 design class with consultation from grade 10 engineering. After meeting with the client/Director, Ms. TP, students chose to pursue either digital or product work for the production. Digital designers tackled the publication content including posters, programs, tickets and a trailer. Product designers created set design such as Princess Fiona’s tower, Shrek’s hut/Farquaad’s chamber, castle gates, and the may pole. Other product designers took on individual props such as the Guard’s spears/axe, Pinocchio’s nose and Shrek’s family ears. This authentic opportunity required students to use design thinking skills to make informed decisions, manage time, design & execute based on client needs.

Pinocchio’s 3D printed and functioning nose to ‘grow’ with the slide of hand

Princess Fiona’s tower

Guard’s axe

Duloc castle gates/Dragon’s keep

may pole

Farquaad’s chamber/Shrek’s hut

Semester 1 MSHS Arts Exhibition

Come explore the amazing work done by our Grades 6-10 students during their Art classes in Semester 1.

This exhibition demonstrate different visual art techniques in a variety of different subjects. While the 6th graders created images using both their drawing and digital media from their Cuc Phuong field trip, grade 7 chose to look into history, folklore and literature to create Mythical Creature Prints. Grade 8 artists are excited with their Artist Trading Cards inspired by their lives in Hanoi that they created during the unit ‘It’s Not What you Draw, It’s How You Draw It’.  You will be blown away with Grade 9’s thought-provoking artworks as they created new images by appropriating and reworking existing artworks. And finally Grade 10 students will treat our eyes with a series of stunning self-portraits which are rich in personal symbolism but also communicate with a wider audience.

See you in the Centre for the Arts next week!