Artigras was a huge success and thoroughly enjoyed by all. The week was chock full of activities and opportunities aimed at promoting creativity and expression, with the underlying theme of Everyone can be an Artist! The week began with with the whole school tuning in to the theme by reading Peter Reynolds’ The Dot, and then collaboratively creating a mural with the same message. A time lapse movie of the activity can be viewed below:
On Tuesday the students were entertained by the Joe Louis Traditional Puppet Theatre. The performers demonstrated the art of traditional Thai puppetry and the students were completely engaged throughout the performance.
On Wednesday the students had the opportunity to take to the stage and strut their stuff in the annual TIS’ Got Talent show. The 20 or so acts spanned the PYP grades, and the performances were highly entertaining. There is just so much talent at KIS, and this event certainly reflected that. There was even a couple of cameo appearances, most notably by Mr Chris V and the KISPA team performing a flawless rendition of the medley from Grease.
On Thursday the students once again had a chance to share their many talents with the school community during the much anticipated KIS Busking afternoon. Just taking a stroll down busking street enabled one to view such performances as: hip hop dance; mime; a magic show; portrait sketching; piano and singing; face painting; gymnastics; loom band making and many more. Once set up the students ran their own shows and around 11,600 baht was raised for the Artigras fund.
Friday was dress up as your favorite art or artist day, led by the PS student council. Students and staff reflected on the artists or art that connected to them and came to school dressed accordingly. As a way to celebrate what had been a very special week, the teachers led a Flash Mob in the canteen during lunch. Needless to say the students needed no encouragement to join, and lunch quickly became an impromptu celebration of the week that was Artigras 2014!
Added to that there were morning and lunchtime performances in the Atrium and outside the canteen, as well as many other art-focuses activities in class. Special thanks to all teachers and staff that worked together to make this week a huge success, especially to Ms Kate, Mr Chris, Ms Michelle and the Artigras Committee.