The Arts engage students in the creative process and provide opportunities to reflect on aesthetic experience, to engage the imagination, and explore what is uncertain. Each program is designed around the PYP scope and sequence, and concepts are taught through six units per year. One of these units is a fully collaborative unit with the classroom teacher.
Visual Arts focus on the development of conceptual understanding and the acquisition of knowledge and skills. Students are exposed to a broad range of experiences. They are encouraged to create and respond using a range of materials and media.
It is important that students are exposed to a broad range of experiences that illustrate the field of visual arts, including architecture, bookmaking, ceramics, collage, costume design, drawing, graphic design, film, illustration, industrial design, installation, jewellery, land art, mask making, metalwork, painting, papermaking, performance art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, set design, textiles and woodwork.
Wherever possible, students are given the opportunity to experience visual arts beyond their own initial involvement. This is often achieved by inviting artists into the school, or by visiting art galleries, museums, artists’ and designers’ studios, exhibitions, films sets and/or theatres.
Students will begin to appreciate the depth and breadth of the field by experiencing visual arts created by diverse artists—locally and globally, now and in the past, by women and men, and by people of different backgrounds. In visual arts, the role of the sketchbook is integral to this process.
The sketchbook provides a space for students to take ownership of their learning, to creatively explore personal interests, and to develop their own style. The PYP recognizes the range of forms a sketchbook may take, reaching beyond the physical book to possibly include new media, sound and film.