preparing for a career in the visual arts

The International Baccalaureate Diploma programme at ISBerne requires students to pursue a well-rounded education, including a significant art project in their senior year. For students who plan a career in a creative field, this also provides a good preparation for a university fine arts curriculum.

An ISBerne captured moment: “the art project”

This year, we’re looking for video clips that show life at ISBerne from your viewpoint. Use your cell phones, tablets, laptops and send us “An ISBerne captured moment.” Send us your videos of: sporting events, after-school activities, conversations with friends on the tram, thoughts you have about projects that you’re working on, field trips, ski trips, life in Berne…whatever…just be respectful to everyone, of course. Short clips similar to Vine posts are OK. Be creative. If we get a lot of submissions, we’ll put together a year-end video of the best content. Not only will your classmates see it, but the whole world will, too. Look at the site visitors map in the right hand column of this blog. Your video will have a global audience. Please submit them to Ms. Coghlan.

In this first ISBerne captured moment, art teacher Mr. Tom Sunthornwat assists a student with the mechanics of her senior art project.

The ISBerne social media project hits 10,000 page views!


The ISberne blog has logged over 10,000 page views since just a few weeks before Thanksgiving of 2012, and has had visitors from 87 countries around the world. We want to thank you for your support and submissions. If you haven’t already, we hope that you’ll sign up as a follower, and we welcome editorials from the ISBerne community: parents, students, and faculty. Our archive of posts details many of the programs at our school: art, music, International Baccalaureate, pre-K curriculum, sports, and community service to name just a few, so we encourage you to take a look at our entire selection of content.

And please consider sharing it with your extended community. Each post brings our message to a larger audience and gives students the recognition they deserve.  Like Ossian Perret, Grade 11, whose student-produced video for Billion Rising has had nearly 1900 views! ISBerne is excited to know that thousands of people are learning more about our special school and community.


Check out the site visitor map in the right-hand column to see where the views came from.

The ISBerne Photography Club

In this interview, we learn about the new ISBerne Photography Club.  Club members have already produced a number of impressive photos for their biweekly photo competitions.  In each competition, members submit photos in a certain theme such as portraits, shadows, or light trails.  The winners are picked by the group and showcased in a new display space in the staircase in Building C.

The club is also working on a project to submit student photography for the school’s website and, next week, the group will be heading into the old town.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of studying photography in a spectacular location like Berne, a UNESCO World Heritage City.  The club meets biweekly on Mondays during lunch in room C18.  Membership is open.

The ISBerne Art Program


Swiss artist, Paul Klee, was quoted as saying, “”Kunst gibt nicht das Sichtbare wieder, sondern macht sichtbar” or in English, “Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.” 

In this post, we interview ISBerne Secondary School Art Teacher, Mr Tom Sunthornwat, and watch his students work in the newly outfitted Art studio.  11th and 12th Grade students at ISBerne have the opportunity to choose IB Art, requiring them to spend 2 years preparing for a solo art show for the examination.