Visual arts starts with art and crafts in the Toddler Community and Children’s Houses. Children learn different techniques and make objects related to their themes such as making maquettes of the Wall of China, the Taj Mahal in India or closer to home, our own Atomium. They also paint, colour, draw and paste as part of their daily work cycle. Children are exposed to work of different artists, styles and cultural art forms. Activities are set up in the classrooms in such a way that the children can try it out themselves.
Visual arts is very much part of the integrated curriculum of the Primary. It is not an isolated activity only done during an allotted time but instead as a daily activity that is integrated in the students’ studies. They can make parts of the flower out of styrofoam, a volcanoe that really functions, a river in the sandpit to learn about corrosion and beautiful posters that contain their knowledge on plants, animals, historical periods, countries or continents. Working with one’s hands and making things beautiful influences concentration and motivation, therefore art and academics should not be separated.
In the Middle Years Programme students continue developing their skills. They now receive art from specialist teachers and work on the different techniques including pottery, painting still life, comic strip drawing, etching and much more. Work is displayed during art exhibitions and is incorporated with their academic work and theatre productions. Beautiful pieces are made!
The Diploma Programme consists of six subject groups and students choose one subject from each group. Group 6 is art and the school offers both visual and performing art as graduating subjects. Thus helping students remain balanced in working with their hands and their ‘head’!!