Arts across all areas of learning
ICS offers a comprehensive Arts Programme across our Primary and Secondary Schools, providing rich opportunities for artistic, intellectual and academic development.
It has been found that students who frequently and actively engaged with the Arts in school tended to be more academically engaged and more motivated in school subjects. Recent studies have demonstrated the social and emotional benefits of studying the Arts across all areas of learning. The ICS Arts Programme is integrated into our academic curriculum, enabling students to express themselves and connect with the world and others in new, insightful, and empathetic ways.
Visual Arts at ICS
At ICS we understand and value the importance of the Arts in both a student’s academic and personal life. Students being creative, expressing themselves, communicating with others, collaborating, and solving problems is a key component of the International Baccalaureate Programme. From our preschool programme through to Grade 12 Visual Arts play a significant role in the academic curriculum.
Primary Years Visual Arts
In the school’s Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Arts are forms of expression that promote imagination, creativity and original thinking. They are also a means to discover and understand the world, and to communicate and share ideas. In the Primary School, the Arts are also a pathway to explore other cultures and develop cross-cultural understanding, an important element of the ICS vision to provide a supportive and enabling learning environment in the school.
Secondary Years Visual Arts
The Arts in Secondary School provide continuity from Primary School. Students explore the Arts as a means of both self-expression and, importantly, the expression of ideas. They continue to develop their understanding of diverse cultural traditions and the function of Arts in their own communities. Teamwork and collaboration also continue to be important points of focus, and the risk-taking aspect of the Arts is enhanced through greater opportunities for performances within the school community.
During the two year IB DP Visual Art Programme, students have an excellent opportunity to create individual art that leads to a final cohesive art exhibition at the end of their second year.
Additionally, our rich extra-curricular programme in the Arts allows students to explore these disciplines further. Our students produce exciting theatre, perform in engaging musical concerts, and create innovative art across a spectrum of media. These Performing and Visual Arts programmes are sure to captivate your children whatever their artistic passions may be.
At ICS, we combine our classroom work with outdoor activities to help students build skills and confidence beyond the school walls.