Course Description

IBWISE is delighted to be hosted by Amadeus International School Vienna for its unique ‘Young Artists in Residence’ Programme. We are thrilled to offer once again our exclusive selection of arts-related summer workshops in the fields of Dance, Music, Theatre & Visual Arts with highly experienced, talented and renowned IB experts. YAIR is a fantastic opportunity for international students from around the world, aged 15-18 years, to live and enjoy art together.


At ‘Young Artists in Residence’ young lovers of the arts literally dive into the world of arts, whether it be painting, sculpting, collage, photography, classical or modern music, composition, pantomime, modern and contemporary dance, acting or musical performance.

Students will have the extraordinary opportunity to work and create alongside with their peers, exceptional IB specialists and practicing artists, actors, musicians, dancers, and gain a ‘real world’ hands-on experience in their personal fields of interest and take home invaluable personal and artistic enrichment, new skills and unforgettable memories.

Our small and very personal IB workshops will be guided by highly experienced and inspiring IB Diploma workshop leaders. Following the first 3 days of IB-centered workshops, students will have a sleep-in day with afternoon workshop-related trips and then continue their artistic journey in a 3-day ‘free style’ masterclass. The culmination of the masterclass will be a student inspired Gesamtkunstwerk, or total work of art, involving contributions from the visual arts, music, film, dance and theatre masterclasses.  

Vienna, often referred to as Europe’s cultural capital and the centre of classical music offers absolutely everything one can wish for as a young artist. Vienna is infinitely rich in art, performing art and art history, avant-garde, and was home to a majority of the world’s most renowned classical composers, painters and poets, including Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven,  Arnold Schönberg, Stefan Zweig, Franz Grillparzer, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka.


YAIR-Workshops on offer:

IB Theatre Workshop + Theatre Masterclass
- with IB Theatre expert Dinos Aristidou

IB Visual Arts Workshop + Visual Arts Masterclass
- with IB Visual Arts expert Derek Pigrum

IB Music Workshop + Music Masterclass
- with IB Music expert Lee Betts

IB Dance Workshop + Dance Masterclass
- with IB Dance expert Nanina Kotlowski

YAIR-Workshops in Overview:

IB THEATRE - Summer Workshop: 
This immersive, rich and intensive theatre experience gives students the opportunity to engage with the key elements of the IB Diploma Theatre programme and to practice the art of theatre making in a practical, collaborative and enjoyable way. Students will develop the skills required to succeed in the assessment tasks by exploring a range of approaches to creating, directing and performing.

Designed as a series of workshops, the IB class focuses on the requirements of IB Diploma Theatre and on developing an understanding of the key concepts of the programme through practice and application.

The 3-day masterclass is designed for anyone who is interested in or passionate about making, performing and presenting theatre. From the epic to the intimate, young theatre makers will be taken through a 3-day process of creating an original piece of site specific theatre inspired by memory sites in the city of Vienna. The experience will culminate in an imaginative, original and contemporary fully produced and performed piece of theatre which brings to life the participants’ ideas and Vienna as a site of memory.

The workshop leader is Dinos Aristidou. Dinos is a theatre maker, director, playwright and education consultant who specialises in working with educators, communities and young people, both in the UK and internationally. He is one of the most sought after IB teacher trainers, principal examiner and curriculum consultant for the International Baccalaureate Organistation (IBO).

IB VISUAL ARTS - Summer Workshop:
This class has inspired and influenced many PRE - IB and MID – IB students. It is not only an outstanding opportunity for international students to be creative during the summer but is tailored specifically to guiding students with their IB Art coursework such as the investigation workbook and comparative study. It will reshape the participants’ approach to making and understanding art, the students’ ability to find, modify and develop ideas, and their ability to build up new information and directions that enable them to produce creative and original works of art.

The 3-day Masterclass is designed to give both IB and other students the possibility to unfold and enhance their creative capacities to the full in a studio working environment.

The course involves a continuous mix of the rich cultural resources in Vienna and studio work at the IBWISE campus. This makes the course ideal for IB Art students, who wish to enjoy both the cultural experience of the “city of dreams”, shape their investigation workbooks and comparative study and develop several of their own exquisite works of art, that they can take back home as a memento of their stay in the city of Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka.

The workshop leader is Dr. Derek Pigrum, who for 30+ years has motivated and guided IB Art students. He has more than forty years experience as a painter, sculptor and ceramicist, is also an author and has conducted and published research into creativity for more than twenty years.

Our second Visual Arts expert is Miriam Turek B.A., P.G.C.E. She is a very experienced IB, ‘A’ Level and IGCSE Art teacher and is also an Art Examiner for Cambridge and the International Baccalaureate. She has been an IB Visual Arts Workshop Leader and an independent Arts Educational Consultant for many years, for 15 years she was Head of Art in International Schools and is currently the Principal at The Canadian School of Warsaw. Ms. Turek is also a professional Fine Artist with a passion for equestrian art.

IB MUSIC - Summer Workshop: 
This workshop is an excellent opportunity for Pre-IB and IB music students to develop and enhance their skills in creative and performance areas of the course and to gain an insight into interpretation of music of various styles. Students will also have the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of what is required on the listening paper and will have the chance to practice questions on both the Set Works and the Un-prepared listening.

Students will learn new skills in arranging, improvising, music technology and stylistic techniques, as well as how to start, continue and perhaps complete a composition. Students will be given the opportunity to use and learn music software programs such as Sibelius and Logic. The workshop will also help guide students towards a better understanding of “what makes a good performance” and ‘how to choose’ the most suitable option per personal interests and skills.

There will be sessions to discuss and share ideas for the research project The Musical Links Investigation. Students will be able to work in small groups and gain ideas from various visits to concerts and exhibitions, such as the Arnold Schoenberg House or Mozart House, are offered during this course.

The workshop leader is Lee Betts. Lee is a truly gifted and magnificent IB Diploma music expert and comes to IBWISE with a wealth of 20+ years IB music teaching expertise and has had many years of experience as an IB Music examiner. She also leads our excellent Final IB Music Revision class during Spring break.

IB DANCE - Summer Workshop: 
This workshop is an excellent opportunity for IB Dance students to strengthen individual technical skills over the summer holidays and to gain an understanding of what it needs to develop an effective performance. Students will get the chance to work with different choreographers and experience and train in various dance styles. Individual feedback and working in small groups will enable students to develop their interpretative abilities, while working on a dance performance with the whole group.

The Masterclass covers all stages of creating an original choreography, from generating an idea, understanding and applying compositional tools, up to a successful performance of your own work. It is open for dancers with various backgrounds and styles and for those who wish to express themselves through the joy of movement!

This workshop will also help guide students towards a better understanding of the IB programme and criteria in Dance. At the end of the course students will have completed their own choreography and get to collaborate with musicians and other artists throughout the masterclass sessions.

The Workshop leader is Nanina Kotlowski. Nanina holds an MA in Dance Performance and studied at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Dance and Music in London. She works as a professional dance artist and IB Dance teacher and continues to perform in various theatres and dance festivals across Europe.

The Teacher as Artist

Learn and participate alongside students. YAIR is a unique experience to learn new strategies as well as gain new insights into the way young people operate as artists!

Experience the inter-disciplinary exchange between the IB-Group 6 disciplines – Theatre, Music, Visual Arts and Dance – reflect, integrate and profit from this unique workshop.

If this concept and idea interests you and/or you are a teacher who wishes to chaperone a group of your own students to our YAIR-Summer Workshop 2018 in Vienna, please know that we are thrilled to offer a limited number of spots in all disciplines for IB educators.

Contact us for more details at or whatsapp/call us at: +436641306197.

A feedback from an IB educator, who joined Young Artists in Residence  ‘as an artist’ last summer:

“Being able to participate in both the IB revision class and the masterclass (as a teacher as artist) allowed me to enjoy a 360-degree vision of our job as teachers. Indeed, it gave me the opportunity to be amongst students while still being a teacher. Participating in all the activities was a wonderful way to being reminded of how students feel, respond to, and react to the various tasks and situations they are confronted with; of course it is also simply a lot of fun to be in the midst of so much creativity. The professionalism and extreme kindness of everyone involved created the save environment needed for such an “experiment”.

This week has not only allowed me the quality time to work and to reflect on my work, but also gave me an enormous boost of energy, and, yes, all this during the holidays!

As teachers we too rarely have that sharing quality time. There, thanks to the content & delivery of the course, to the many open discussions and exchanges with art teachers and students we could be entirely at the heart of what we do, and it really didn’t feel like work. I believe that the very high level of motivation and engagement of each person involved really helped create this incredible atmosphere! Plus, all this in a place where the school, the workrooms, the various other facilities (such as bedroom, breakfast room, cafeteria, resting areas…) are perfectly and beautifully equipped. And if that wasn’t enough this creative adventure is taking place in the heart of vibrating Vienna. I am very thankful to have been part of it all.”


3-day Course (15 hours of teacher contact):

JULY 27th – 29th  or  JULY 31st – AUGUST 2nd, 2018

7-day Course (30 hours of teacher contact):

JULY 27th – AUGUST 2nd, 2018

Arrival: July 26th/July 30th, 2018
Departure: July 30th/August 3rd, 2018

COMBINE our ‘Young Artists in Residence’ Summer Workshops with our PRE IB- or MID IB SUMMER REVISION COURSE !!



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Young Artists in ResidenceSummer Workshops

Course DurationBoarding Students*Day Students**
3 days€ 1160 (4 nights)€ 880
7 days € 2320 (8 nights)€ 1760


* includes half-board, snacks, drinks & accommodation in modern, 4-star rooms with en-suite facilities on the Amadeus Intl School Campus. Airport pick-up/drop-off included.

** includes lunch, snacks & drinks.

Travel Infos

GETTING TO AND FROM VIENNA –Vienna has low price flight connections with all the major European cities, as well as excellent road and rail links. Whichever mode of transport you decide to use, you will be met at your arrival point in the city, and delivered safely to your accommodation. Usually, transfer times are no more than 30 minutes.

Students MUST have full medical insurance – proof of which will be required at the beginning of the course. Holiday insurance to cover against loss of personal items is a sensible precaution. Insurance against late cancellation due to illness etc. should also allow you to claim for a refund of course fees, if necessary.

Having the relevant travel documents is important. You can visit the website at to obtain details of visa requirements. EU citizens do not require a visa.

If you are not sure whether you require a visa, please contact your consulate.