ICS ARTS PHILOSOPHY SUMMARY
At ICS, we believe every student should have the opportunity to receive a quality Arts training, regardless of grade level, ability level, or background. The Arts empower students to think critically and creatively, to contribute to their communities, and to communicate and lead confidently. Students who participate in the Arts consistently score higher on standardized tests than students who do not.
ICS is proud to be an active member of the following international Arts organizations: TAISM, AMIS, ISTA, IB and ISSEA. All Arts programs are aligned with NSAE/TAISM Standards & Benchmarks.
Enrichment and extension Arts opportunities are provided in after school activities and international trips, helping create the best possible learning environment for students to pursue a life-long education in the Arts.
The arts provide a forum for safe expression, communication, exploration, imagination, and cultural and historical understanding. Teaching students to be creative, like teaching literacy or mathematics, is a deliberate process, and the skills learned through participation in the visual arts are a vital ingredient in preparing young people for the challenges they will face in shaping the future.
The year-long Elementary Visual Arts Program (K-5) is taught through six overarching themes. As students explore these units of inquiry through the Visual Arts, they gain enduring understandings about the elements and principles of design, and build visual and analytical skills through discussions of art and aesthetics. Artist's Studies, Multicultural Art, and Art History form part of the program each year. Students learn how artists through the ages express themselves, communicate their culture, and record the world around them.
The Visual Arts program introduces students to a wide variety of media and techniques, including painting, collage, ceramics, print-making, textiles, 3-D sculpture and digital art. All students learn to assess and reflect on their own work. Students in upper elementary maintain sketchbooks and e-Portfolios of their art projects throughout the year.
In Middle and High School, the foundations and exploration of art skills and media are further developed, culminating in the International Baccalaureate Art Program (IB). An integral part of the 21st Century skills of collaboration, critical and creative thinking and problem solving, experimentation in the arts allows students to find unanticipated possibilities as the art work unfolds, understanding there can be a multitude of creative solutions to a single problem. Through the study of art's form and content, students develop an understanding of, and appreciation for, the world's rich diversity. Aesthetic experimentation in a variety of art media and processes helps us understand the values and different experiences of other cultures, and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of our own. The arts are what make us uniquely, and wholly, human
At ICS, we believe every student should have the opportunity to receive high quality musical training, regardless of grade level, ability level, or background. Music education uses the artistic medium of musical sound to give insight into the universal human experience. We aim to inspire students to become life-long learners and intelligent creators and consumers of music. The goal of this musical training is to help participants achieve a personal level of understanding, appreciation, and passion for music.
Students in the Elementary Music Program engage in a variety of music experiences throughout the year to develop their music skills. They are encouraged to sing and play classroom instruments in order to develop their enjoyment and appreciation of music. An emphasis is placed on composing, notation and actively listening to music. All Elementary students are given opportunities to perform in concerts, assemblies and community events throughout the school year. Grade 5 students participate in a band and choir program. Band instruments are provided by the school and students select the instrument they would like to learn.
In Middle and High School, building on the foundational music skills nurtured in elementary, we aim to develop both the skills and conceptual understanding of music. Offering a rich, holistic music program, including Grade 6 Band, Middle School Symphony Band, Middle and High School Choir, Survey of Music, and Classical Guitar, together with enrichment and extension opportunities, such as after school activities and international festivals, we aim to create the best possible learning environment for students to pursue a life-long education in the performing arts.
National Core Arts Standards (here)
The ICS Drama & Theater Arts Program provides students with the opportunity to develop both their performance skills, and their theater arts production techniques. Based on an inclusive, ensemble approach to drama, the performing arts have the power to enrich lives, stretch minds and change the world. Our drama and theater courses, after school clubs, and international trips, provide powerful opportunities for students to both collaborate and excel in their chosen fields.
Based on the National Arts Core Standards, drama is offered in both Middle School and High School as a semester long class, and in Grade 6 as a quarter long exploratory class. Learning through drama is also incorporated in non-drama classrooms, and integrated across curricula in Elementary School.
Middle School Drama Production, Design and Stagecraft is offered to students within drama courses as well as in After School Drama Club productions, providing multiple opportunities for students to develop a range of production and design skills including set design, scenery and props; costume and makeup; sound, lighting and audiovisual techniques; backstage and front of house roles; and publicity. By supporting year round performance events, students build their confidence and production skills, and provide a valuable service to their community.
A semester long course working towards performance, MS Drama offers students an opportunity to explore a range of performance skills. Through voice work, mime, melodrama and movement, students will focus on the Ensemble Approach to drama and devising theatre that is both relevant and meaningful to their lives. In a collaborative, supportive environment, students develop a wide range of theatre arts skills which will enhance their confidence, self esteem and performance abilities. Using drama as a lens through which to explore real life issues, they will also broaden both their empathy and understanding of the world around them.
A semester long course based on the National Arts Core Standards, students develop a wide range of performance and production skills that prepares them for the IB DIP Theatre program. Course content includes play analysis and interpretation of texts from an international perspective, theatre production techniques, and independent inquiry (research) projects culminating in devising original pieces for performance. Drawing on a wide range of theatre practitioners from Brecht to Augusto Boal, this course focuses on students creating meaning and relevance both within their own lives and connecting with wider global issues.