Art unplugged

Everyone that was a student at SAS in 8th grade remembers that year’s CWW. We packed our bags, said our goodbyes, and headed to the notorious island of Telunas. Every year AP art students get to relive that experience in the Art Retreat.

Four days of just art, art and art. We escape the stress of school life and breathe in the fresh beachy air with the subtle scent of acrylic paints and working fixatif. Immersed in drawing, 2D and 3D art, students experienced what it’s like to do their work outside of school, and spend their long weekend letting their creative minds flow and their hands make masterpieces.

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Day 1

We began our journey with two boat rides: a ferry to Batam and boat ride to Telunas Beach. Senior John Butler said, “I came to the Art Retreat so I can escape the stress of the week, college essays, and to work on art…”

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As soon as we arrived, we started our afternoon with a figure drawing. We soon realized it would be a common activity, and surely, we got sick of it by the time the trip ended.

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Claire Freeman: “Ever since I was young, I was always drawing. There wasn’t a moment when I wasn’t coloring with markers. As I grew older, I realized I actually want to do something with art..”

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Felipe Pagan: “Art is the only thing I’m good at, so I decided to take advantage of that. I don’t know how I developed my style… I’m not trying to do anything everyone else is doing.”

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As the night of the first day came, we snuggled up underneath the night sky and the sound of waves with our mattresses on deck, talking about our teenage angst and drama.

Day 2

More art, and figure drawing…

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Jennifer Osborne: “For me, it was either music, sports or arts. I sucked at sports, and I wasn’t good enough for music…”

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Nadia Koolina: “I think art is relaxing, but you need to be relaxed for art as well.”

Who doesn’t love a little free time?

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 Seniors work on their art with some healthy snacks.

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 Dana Lim, Juan Granados and Shreya Shankar go for a relaxing swim at sea.

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 Senior Carson Reeves creates a beautiful piece with oil pastel.

After an afternoon full of thunder and heavy rain, we headed our way towards the beach where we had a sand castle competition. The day ended with Holi, when we ran around throwing greens, yellows, pinks, reds at each other, feeling the good vibes of everyone’s laughter and joy.

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Night came along, and the winds grew colder. We sat around a bonfire, soaking up the heat, and eating our roasted marshmallows.

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Day 3

As Sunday came, we ate our breakfast and had a relaxing boat ride to another island, where we spent the rest of the morning trekking around the whole island and feeling the cool water against our feet.

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When we came back, we finished up our final touches on whatever remained on our work.

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Naomi Stock: “I’ve always done art. It’s a family thing, and I have a passion for it.” 

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Juan Granados: “My parents. My parents. My parents. My dad draws, and he would draw for me and my sister and make stories, so he encouraged us later on. But I didn’t improve until Ms. Harvey actually.”

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Rafaela Peterson shares her 3D work

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Bianca Antonio and Nadia Kim’s sketchbook rapidograph drawings

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John Butler’s beautiful detailed lines

Day 4

The last day came, and we realized how soon the retreat was coming to an end. The seniors reminisced about the past art retreats and felt sadness that it might be the last time they would ever see Telunas.

The trip brought us all together, and with one common goal to make art, it was easy for us to get along. We met new people, created new works for possible submission, and fulfilled our artistics senses at Telunas Beach.

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Author: Bea Basilio

Bea Basilio is a junior and a new addition of The Eye staff this year. Originally from the Philippines, it’s her sixth year here at SAS. In her spare time, she loves to make art, watch movies, and hang out with friends. She can be contacted at basilio32362@sas.edu.sg.

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