Visual Arts


“Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.” – John Ruskin


At SSIS, Art is used not only to teach various practical artistic skill, but to motivate our students to view the world in an inspired way – with freedom, enjoyment and an appreciation of beauty.


SSIS’s students have the opportunity to showcase their talent as artists in events such as personal exhibitions within the campus and to take part in several art competitions organized by external associations. Students from SSIS always rank highly among the entrants.


The Primary School Visual Art Programme:


The Senior School Visual Art Programme:

Grade 7 and 8 students will learn and practice basic art techniques and the Elements and Principles of Art. Line, shape, color, texture, space, form, value, movement, balance, contrast, pattern, unity, rhythm and emphasis. Students will learn to apply the key Elements and Principles through exploring a variety of media and mediums such as drawing and painting, 3D sculpture, animation and print-making. The students will also learn aspects of art history and some of its leading artists related to each project.

In years 9 and 10 the students will further learn to apply the Elements and Principles of Art to two specific areas of art: 1: Observational and Interpretive Drawing. (Still Life, Figurative and Imaginative). 2: Design. Logos, posters, book-covers, DVD and fashion design. Students will learn and explore through a variety of mediums and surfaces such as: tonal shading with pen, pencil, charcoal, conte crayon, oil pastel; acrylic paint, plaster, wire-netting, textured paper and hard materials, fabric and found objects. Students will also learn aspects of art history and some of its leading artists related to these content areas.

Over the two years of the course, the students will:

  • Work with a variety of techniques and media to develop their skills and understanding of the elements of the visual arts in both two and three-dimensional formats and not so new forms of emerging media, installation, video, digital and performance.
  • Investigate past, present and emerging forms of visual arts and engage in producing, appreciating and evaluating these.
  • Develop an understanding of visual arts from a local, national and international perspective.
  • Build confidence in responding visually and creatively to personal and cultural experiences.
  • Develop skills in, and sensibility to, the creation of works that reflect active and individual involvement.
  • Take responsibility for the direction of their learning through the acquisition of effective learning practices.


G11-12 IBDP Visual Art Programe:


News Links:

  • Celebration of SSIS Young Artists
  • Stimulating your Visual Senses | IBDP Visual Art Exhibition 2018
  • Winners of Inter House Art Challenge
  • Pan Zi Yu Shortlisted Art Work Selection
  • SSIS Student Individual Art Show

Neon Zoo Art Competition | SSIS Show Talents in Art Competition

Shanghai Singapore International School

Shanghai Singapore International School

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