Australian International School, Singapore
4 day program of art and cultural education
From May 22 to May 26 the Australian International School, Singapore (AIS) was here at BCAC with a group of 15 grade 10 students and 2 chaperones, Nick Coulter and Kylie McKeirnan, both art teachers at the school. The program kicked off with an all day Eco Cycling trip that included a visit to a coffee and fruit plantation, then on to Kintamani which, at around 1,360 meters, offers panoramic views of Lake Batur, Mt Batur and the dramatic topography of Bali’s rooftop. Cycling downhill the group saw, e.g., temples, rice cutting, threshing & gathering, traditional villages, Hindu temples and numerous other features of the Balinese landscape, culture and life – especially the Balinese people at work, at play and at worship and celebration. Students were encouraged to take photographs, sketch, write notes and, above all, allow them selves to absorb prevailing impressions of this unique ‘Island of the Gods’. Students enjoyed local Balinese cuisine and traditional markets. They visited 3 major art collections in Ubud and hiked the famous Campuan ridge. Students split up into groups of 4 and each group collaborated to produce painting to express their combined “impressions of Bali”. There were 4 groups; 3 x 4 students, 1 X 3 students plus the two teachers who did their very best to match the students quality of formal artistic interpretation.