In Visual Arts, the students experiment and develop practical skills and knowledge in various art practices. We work with traditional art forms such as painting, drawing, sculpture and ceramics, as well as photography and filmmaking. Students also explore contemporary art forms such as installations, performance art and use technology for creating electronic artwork.
By studying the history of art, art styles and cultural artworks from around the world, students learn how visual arts often reflect society and can be used to express social or personal statements. Students learn techniques in order to analyze and appraise their own and others artwork. For further inspiration, it is important to visit art exhibitions, museums, Art and Design schools and meet local artists in their studios.
Students are encouraged to continually use their sketchbook to record ideas, interests and develop their artistic abilities. Students also use a process journal to keep an ongoing written record of their artistic development and learning experiences, making reflections and evaluations on their challenges and achievements.
The Performing Arts subjects in MYP are music and drama.
In music, the students investigate a wide variety of musical styles, including Western Classical music, world music, folk music, music theatre, music for film, contemporary and electronic music. They listen to the music, research the theory and context of the music, perform and improvise, and create their own music based on their learning. The students have the opportunity to create and perform using a wide variety of traditional instruments, such as keyboards, drums, guitars and tuned percussion, as well as technological synthesisers and sequencers on the Ipads and computers.
In drama, the students investigate the history of theatre, the technical aspects of theatre, as well as varied dramatic styles, such as monologue, mini-plays, mime, physical theatre and comedy. They improvise, create and perform in all these styles. In both art forms the students keep a journal to record their reflections and evaluations of their work.