Course Description

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

What makes Young Artists in Residence experience so different from the many other art camps for teenagers, is its unique combination of the IB Diploma visual- and the performing arts, the magical Fin de Siècle treasures in Vienna (Jugendstil) and the coming together of IB students from all continents to work together at a fascinating interdisciplinary level and along side each other to develop their ideas and works of art.

PRE IB & MID IB students will dive into and experience breathtaking art galleries, outstanding museum exhibitions, selected concerts, theatre-, dance- and film- related events during their stay. Our passionate experts will inspire YAIR participants to inquire about modern and historic art, as well as understand and learn about the artists who ‘stand behind’ the art. 

An important part of this workshop is the focus on IB – related concepts, syllabus and criteria to support our students’ IB course work and to further their development as IB scholars.

Have a glimpse into below video and get a full idea of what our magnificent  ‘Young Artists in Residence’ experience for IB students from around the globe looks like:

Our exceptional workshops will be guided by highly experienced and inspiring workshop leaders who all are artists, renowned IB educators & IBO examiners themselves. Following the first 3-day module of creative yet IB-centered YAIR-workshops, students will dive into the 2nd module with a breathtaking kick-off excursion to Vienna’s treasures of art history to then continue their artistic journey into the 2nd 3-day IB module. The culmination of all classes will be a student inspired “Gesamtkunstwerk”, or “total work of art”, involving contributions from the visual arts, music, film and theatre classes.

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 arts and art history, avant-garde, and was home to a majority of the world’s most renowned classical composers, painters and poets, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven,  Arnold Schönberg, Stefan Zweig, Franz Grillparzer, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka.


YAIR Workshop Leaders

For the Young Artists in Residence Programme 2023, IBWISE is delighted to announce its magnificent and highly experienced faculty:

IB Specialist Fenella Kelly from ISTA

IB specialist Kristina Rismondo from XV Gimnazija Zagreb

IB specialist Marietta Kandilaki from St. Catherine's International School, Athens
Hayden Arp, songwriter and music producer, USA

Subject Info

IB THEATRE –  Workshop

This immersive, rich and intensive IB Theatre experience gives PRE IB & MID IB 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.

Working with mid IB students to action the advice offered by their theatre teachers or to provide approaches to assignments set over the summer, this is an invaluable experience that will enhance the quality of assessment work. An excellent opportunity for students working on drafts of their assessments, be it the Director’s Notebook, or the Collaborative Project or for those who are embarking on research into a theatre theorist or a theatre tradition. This helps prepare students for their second year.

For students about to begin IB Theatre or considering IB Theatre (pre IB), the IBWISE experience will introduce key concepts and skills, providing students with a head start and solid foundation for the course. This is also suitable for students who have had little or no prior theatre experience.

The experience, designed as a series of workshops, 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 2nd module of the workshop is designed to dive into 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.

We are excited to announce that this year’s IB Theatre workshop leader is wonderful Fenella Kelly, B.Ed (Hons) MA (Dis). Fenella is a highly experienced International Drama & Theatre teacher and IB teacher trainer. She is an ISTA artist & senior consultant ( who specialises in working with educators, communities and young people, both in the UK and internationally. Fenella is an IB Theatre Principal Examiner and Kathakali teacher & performer. 



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 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 PRE IB and MID IB Visual 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.

Our Visual Arts expert is Kristina Rismondo. She is a highly experienced and talented IB Diploma Art teacher and is also an Art Examiner for the International Baccalaureate. 

IB MUSIC – Workshop

The IB Music Workshop is an excellent opportunity for PRE IB & MID IB music students to develop and enhance their skills in creative and performance areas of the course, as well as to gain a detailed understanding of the IB Music curriculum.

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 hands-on instruction in music software programs such as Sibelius, Garageband, and Logic Pro. The workshop will also help guide students towards a better understanding of what makes a good performance and how to choose the most suitable pieces to perform as part of their IB per personal interests and skills.

There will be sessions to discuss and share ideas for all three of the main IB Music papers: Exploring Music in Context, Experimenting with Music, and Presenting Music. Students will be able to learn from each other through work in small groups as well as learn from the city of Vienna through various visits to concerts and exhibitions. Past excursions have included visits to the Schoenberg house and the Vienna Opera.

The workshop leader is Marietta Kandilaki. Marietta is the Head of Music at St Catherine’s British School in Athens, and brings to IBWISE 15+ years of IB music teaching experience. She has a deep background in piano performance, proficiency in music theory and analysis, and an exceptional ability to connect with young musicians.

Marietta will be supported by Hayden Arp. Hayden is a songwriter and music producer working in Vienna, AT. He studied composition and music technology at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, and brings 7+ years of private teaching experience to IBWISE. He is a particular support in students’ learning music software and making their original compositions.

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 in Vienna, please know that we are thrilled to offer a limited number of spots in all disciplines for IB educators for a very reasonable price.

Contact us for more details at or whatsapp/call us at: +43 664 1306197.

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

“Being able to participate in both the 7-day IB Theatre class  (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.”


YAIR Workshop – both modules (33 hours of teacher contact plus lots of studio time):

JULY 26th – AUG 1st, 2023

Arrival: July 25th | Departure: August 2nd

YAIR Workshop Module 1 or Module 2*:

Module 1: JULY 26th – 28th, 2023

Module 2: JULY 29th (3-hour YAIR trip) – August 1st, 2023

Module 1 – Arrival: July 25th | Departure: July 29th
Module 2 – Arrival: July 28th | Departure: Aug 2nd

*please note that Module 1 and Module 2 complement each other and are not sequestial.

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


Online registration: click our red SIGN-UP button on the right side of this page.

For further support, please reach out to us!


Tel: +43-(0)1-319 10 68

Nora is also available via cell phone, Whattsapp, or other wireless options on smart phones: +43-664-1306197



Cost of accommodation per 4 nights and person with en-suite facilities, breakfast, free wifi and 24/7 care on our beautiful and tranquil summer campus:

  • single room per 4-nights: 480€
  • shared room per 4-nights: 340€

Please note: our beautiful campus rooms are limited and on offer as long as they are available. Please therefore sign up sooner than later if you wish to secure on-site accommodation with our unique 24/7 pastoral care.

Pick-up & Drop-off:

IBWISE – Pick-up & Drop-off is available against a small fee of: 50€

Course DurationCourse fee (on-site)*
3 days€ 980
7 days € 1960

*On-site student fees include tasty 3-course lunches, daily coffee breaks with snacks & refreshments, free wifi, all art material, entrance fees on art-related trips, many free time activities and our exceptional daytime supervision.

Accommodation fees include superb single or shared accommodation with en-suite facilities, a yummy breakfast buffet and caring 24/7 pastoral care on our beautiful and exclusive campus.

More Info

For more details regarding exact timing of specific subjects, please contact us!

CALL US: +43-1-3191068
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We are happy to assist you!

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 45 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.

COVID – PRECAUTIONS ON CAMPUS (this section will be updated regularly)

  1. To ensure maximum safety during our camp, all students who join us on camp will need to be fully vaccinated and bring along their proof of vaccination and a negative covid test result.
  2. All students will be monitored carefully (eg. regular temperature checks) while with us in Vienna and may also be expected to test when needed while with us.
  3. Social distancing and hygiene (regular washing and disinfecting of hands) plus the wearing of face masks while indoors will likely still be the golden standard in Austria next summer. Students are therefore asked to bring their personal supplies along to our camp.
  4. Rooms and en-suite bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected by our cleaning staff.
  5. Our ask: we need all students’ support to be safe while together and appreciate your all commitment!

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