Creativity StARTS Here.

By: Keira Budiman (Gr 10 student) and Mr. Erwin Prabowo (Art IGCSE Teacher)

When someone says art, what exactly comes to your mind? Is it beautitul sculptures, paintings, or maybe even drawings? Art is typically an expression and production of ideas and emotions through a physical medium. But what exactly makes something called as art? 

Many people could argue that art is just a drawing or painting, however art could mean so much more than that. Art could be an expression of your emotion, how you feel both emotionally and mentally may reflect on your art. For example, when you’re feeling rather down, your art could be covered in dark colours, like shades of blue or black. When you’re mad for example, your art could be covered in shades of red, or maybe you could just be splattering paint everywhere, and it still would be considered as art.

More or less, everyone has a unique art style, it’s supposed to be distinctive between one another. In Stella Maris Gading Serpong, we’ve studied art since primary. However, in junior high, the school introduced a new curriculum to us, Art Cambridge IGCSE.

In Art IGCSE, we learned tons of different techniques in creating art, like watercolour, acrylic, pencil, colour pencil, linocut, and so much more. In grade 9 & 10, we have the chance to explore more mediums individually, and develop our personal art style. 

Back in grade 7 & 8, we’ve studied a lot of different art techniques, like printmaking, watercolour, acrylic, linocut, and even the basics of pencils and colour pencils.

However, in grade 9, we were introduced to a new material, preparatory studies, where we have to compile 8 studies, ending with a final artwork. In each study, we were asked to observe a topic of our choice, making sure to express and explore the different art styles out there, with some artist references to help with our ideas.

For grade 10 itself, same like grade 9, we’re asked to make a preparatory studies, but more improved, of course. This year, as we’ll be having our IGCSE Examinations, for those who’d be taking Art, they’d have to do an additional 4 preparatory studies, with a final artwork too. Nonetheless, for those who won’t be taking Art for their IGCSE Examinations, they would just have to do the 8 preparatory studies assigned, as it would be taken as coursework and daily test score. Throughout the whole lessons, experiences, and the processes, in general, all the students got the value about consistency, hardwork, and timeline management outside of the creativity.

Personally, my experience in Art IGCSE has been amazing. I’ve studied tons of things like printmaking, linocut, watercolour, acrylic, and I’ve experimented with different techniques, hopefully being able to develop my art style. It has honestly been a wonderful experience! I’ve learned so much, with different mediums as well, such as black paper and kraft paper. I’ve also tried different techniques. Overall, Art IGCSE is remarkable and exciting!


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