At ISA, we believe artistic expression to be an innate part of who we are as human beings. The visual arts are a means of self-expression and communication. The arts also provide an avenue through which to explore ideas and concepts, reach new understandings and express those understandings. In this sense, the arts are about ‘making meaning’ and responding to our world. The set of skills which belongs to the visual arts is considered an important area of learning if we are to enable young people to express themselves effectively through this medium.
The art curriculum aims to enable students to:
- Become visually literate
- Develop creative and technical skills
- Develop aesthetic sensibility and a sense of judgement relating to art
- Develop a capacity for imaginative and creative thought
- Take risks and experiment
- Develop skills of observation
- Develop ability to articulate and communicate ideas and feelings
- Develop ability to value the work of other artists and respond thoughtfully to art form all cultures and traditions
Art lessons take place in an often spontaneous and natural way as part of classroom lessons in all subject areas. An art specialist is available for consultation and is responsible for teaching art from the Middle School through to the IB Diploma. There is a well lit art room for use by all students.
The art programme will allow the students to work using a variety of media and techniques, working in 2 and 3 dimensions. Skills will be developed in drawing, painting, modelling, textile work, technology, art history and appreciation, and art technology. Regular trips to local art galleries and events are part of the programme. Reflection and ongoing self-evaluation are considered an important part of the learning process in art.