Visual Arts

The IB Diploma Program visual arts course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problemsolving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers.

In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media. The course is designed for students who want to go on to study visual arts in higher education as well as for those who are seeking lifelong enrichment through visual arts.

Five young artists complete their two-year curation project.

Meet our Visual Arts Class of 2021

In April 2021, last year's Visual Arts Class of Dresden International School (DIS) presented a virtual exhibition covering a range of creative works along with artistic exploration of the two-year course.

Themes of the exhibition cover investigation of childhood and cultural roots, existentialism, the surreal world of the conscious, the power of colored textures, and the interaction of shapes and space, using different styles like Abstrakt art, Surrealist realism, symbolism, realism, and photography.

The five students participating in this exhibition are: Mohamed (Libyan), Yamila (German-Honduran), Ying Shi (Chinese), Daria (Russian), and Katrina (British).

Join our DP Art Exhibition

Elke Greite

Visual Arts Teacher

Despite the devastating impact the pandemic has had on their artistic development, the DP Visual Arts students of 2021 have managed all evoking challenges with resilience and grace. They never lost their passion for fine art, creative processes, and communicative opportunities. Teaching, guiding and supporting them, and learning and being inspired from them has been an absolute pleasure if not a treasure for me. The dedication and trust I felt in the art studio made me letting them discover their artistic paths with an ideal level of independence of inquiry that became exemplary. Dearest artists, thank you all for this beautiful journey!

I am delighted we can share the outstanding exhibition with our community online.

Mohamed Ahmed

Mohamed has been a DIS student since 2015.

"I’m Mo, I decided to join the visual arts class in 11th grade, and I have not regretted my choice since then. Growing up, I never painted, drew, or enjoyed expressing myself through conventional art. I always enjoyed music and performing. However, I chose to step out of my comfort zone and grow artistically by challenging myself. This was the main reasoning for choosing visual arts rather than performing arts. While working with Mrs. Greite, I found out that abstract art greatly aligns with my artistic interests and capabilities.

Over the past two years, my endearment for the arts grew, and I began to recognize the beauty of art. I would like to thank the school board for providing the VA team with sufficient equipment, and I would most definitely like to thank Mrs. Greite for the constant and consistent support over the years."

Ying Shi Ji

Ying Shi Ji is a DIS student since 2017.

"Two years of beautiful and joyful spiritual journey have ended. Now I look back and realize that my deeper understanding of the world and humanities and my exploration of self in the past two years are very much due to art.

I have mostly worked with oil on canvas, using imaginary, absurd, and surreal scenes to demonstrate my exploration of reality and the value of individual existence, and my subjective emotions in the thought process. Here I would like to thank Ms. Greite for her open-mindedness and extensive knowledge and experiences in guiding students, which maximizes the potential of students to become artists, which made being her student luck in my life.

After graduation, I want to keep creating artworks that empower the viewers for the ultimate goal of building bridges between humans and comforting our lost souls in the world, maybe in 30 years or 50."


Yamila Dannenberg

Yamila is a DIS student since 2009.

"A history of artists in my family have set pillars for my artistic inclinations, which I was given the opportunity to expand on in the VA course.

I worked with oil and photography to produce self-endeavouring childhood and culture pieces. As my oeuvre adheres to realism, both mediums were ideal for my expression. The unique working environment, very different from any other lecture based courses and having Ms. Greite as a mentor made VA an outstanding experience. VA is a very demanding subject; however, if you are passionate or seek a balance in your diploma, I highly recommend this course for you!

After graduating, I plan to study fine arts, eventually tapping into psychology or literature."

Daria Kudryavtseva

Daria is a DIS student since 2018.

"Discovering painting with oil on canvas was a turning point in the VA course for me, as it was only after falling in love with the medium that I was able to create my first real artworks. 

My oeuvre stems from self-analysis and conceptually focuses on psychology and the happenings of the inner world, my experiences with vulnerability being the overarching theme. I create the characteristic strong moods of my paintings by the means of bold brushwork and unique color palettes, allowing full immersion of the audience into the subjective reality of each piece. 

This was possible thanks to Ms. Greite’s extraordinary guidance, observant and empathetic teaching style and the accepting classroom environment she fosters. The exceptional experience of her course allows full creative freedom and control, endless exploration, and is free from convention and judgement.

After graduation I am planning to pursue fine arts further in education and career."

Katrina Mackenzie

Kati is a student at DIS since 2013.

"My original motivation for joining art was to have artistic evidence as a plan to study architecture in the future. However, it quickly became one of my favorite subjects as it was very different to all my other subjects. My final exhibition is based upon my interests in architecture and how the principles of designs interact in abstract work. I mainly focused on geometric shapes and large colour fields, which I created through the use of pallet knives. One of my favourite parts of VA was creating the model uniqueness as I was able to have people participate in the creation of the piece. I have always loved creating things, and this course has reaffirmed it, so I hope to continue to create art in the future."