Next week the CDS orchestra and the CDS high school choir will be taking part in the KIMEA (Korea international music educators association) and KAIAC large group music festival. The large group music festival will consist of groups from various international schools throughout Korea and provides a chance for choruses, orchestras, and symphonic bands to come show off what they have been working on thus far in the year and be adjudicated based on the KAIAC standards of musical performance. This is the first time the CDS high school choir is participating in this event. Last year the CDS orchestra was awarded a silver medal at the large group festival and were especially praised for our musicality with the repertoire. The students have been working very hard throughout term one and are very excited to present that hard work on the stage.
It's that time of year again, basketball season! The boys team will be hosting try-outs next week on Wednesday from 4:05-5:30pm and on Friday from 2:45-4:15pm. The girls team will hold try-outs next week on Thursday from 4:05-5:30pm and on Friday from 2:45-4:15pm. Students wishing to try-out for the team should sign-up just outside the gym, bring their b-ball shoes, and get ready for the stiff competition!
In addition, the cheerleading team will start their formal training to cheer on the Phoenix at all of our home games. Students wishing to join the Cheer team should request an audition with Cheer captains Jian Jung and Sally Park.
Good luck to all students trying out for a team and let's bring some more championships to CDS this year! Go Phoenix!
Our identity is not simple enough to be described with one word or one stroke of a brush. Rather, it requires a collection of words or a combination of a few more strokes in order to express who we are, even though it may exhibit only a tip of the iceberg. Our identity is as complex as a symphony of thread stretching to different ways, yet ordered so that the thread does not get entangled. The 2016-2017 academic year’s first exhibition to be held in the CDS gallery “image of us” successfully and exquisitely displays the depth of its artists’ respective identities--with only thread and nails.
Each portrait in the exhibition is comprised of an assembly of nails. Some portion of a portrait has the nails closely compact together and some portion has the nails spread out, delivering a sense that they are almost roaming around the surface. Kept taut by the firmly standing nails is a black thread, continuing its long journey by using each nail as its cornerstone to change directions in an orderly manner. This helps the thread to avoid from being tangled up. Each layer of the thread adds more depth to the portrait than a simple pencil lead could have. All together, the nails and the black thread compose one whole portrait of the artist.
Self-portrait by Young Hyun Kim (11) depicts Young Hyun with his playful smile, holding up two of his fingers. It feels as if he is saying, “I got it. See you next time, buddy!”. On the other hand, the delicate placing of the nails and thread implies how serious and focused Young Hyun would have been while creating this amazing art piece. He added shadow by adjusting the frequency of the thread passing by each nail, which made the portrait “stand out” despite the fact that it was white and black.
Along with Young Hyun’s smile existed Joowon’s glance suspiciously looking at the viewers. Joowon Lee (11) depicted her glance with darkness around the middle of her forehead by sewing the black thread several times. Her resentful look staring up gives a feeling as if she is saying, “I know you ate all of my chocolate. Now, what are you going to do?”. The twisted eyebrows and firmly closed lips somehow evoke the sense of guilt among the viewers. It is very impressive how Joowon could draw out such emotion by using the materials commonly used in daily life.
The beauty of art, especially self-portrait, is that it is one of the most effective ways to describe the artist. Despite the fact that using nails and thread might have been an unfamiliar type of media for the them, the talented art students successfully portrayed the images of themselves. The same materials were used for all of the portraits in the exhibition, however, each one created an atmosphere that reflected the nature of its artist only. Even though the self-portraits show only one of the artists’ facial expressions, the long journey of the black thread represents, and even accompanies, the their lives.
- Grace Lee
Nice to meet you. Can you briefly introduce yourself?
I am Yeong Seo Bak and I am in 11th grade Art class
Everyone has different poses for their portraits. Why did you choose to pose yourself like that for your portrait?
At first, I really had no idea which poses to do because we took a picture all of sudden. Then one of the things I hate is pigeons and I suddenly thought of that so i was like ‘okay let’s make the face when i am looking at the pigeons’. I don’t think (my pose) shows my intention that well. But still, that was what I tried to do.
What was the most difficult part of this project?
For me, making it look like me was really difficult because from the base drawing, it just didn’t look like me. So that was quite frustrating, but still I think it turned out okay.
For your individual art project, will you use same or similar method again? And Why?
Probably not, the method was okay but I want to try other materials because there are so many materials I haven’t used before.
From your art piece, with which part were you satisfied for the most?
In the beginning I could see the texture of the hair then as I fill it up more, it started to look like a black patch. I actually like my lips and my nose, they blend with the picture well.
And how about, with which part were you satisfied for the least?
I think the forehead, because lots of people had pointed out that it looks like i am bald.
Finally, please give your final words to the audience of the exhibition.
We tried really hard, so take times to look at it (the exhibit). We really tried hard.
Heesoo Kwon G11
Donate your old books
Do you have any books that you read in middle school, but no longer read? If so, we need them for the CDS Middle School Book Swap! Donations will be accepted in the MS/HS Library until Friday, November 4 (look for the blue donation box by the stairs in the library).
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