The Visual Arts Department offers comprehensive Art education to students across the MYP and IBDP Programme, inspiring students to become independent and creative communicators and life-long learners.
Visual Art is a compulsory subject in Years 7-9 and an option from Year 10 onwards. The department offers broad facilities and a range of expertise among our teachers, giving students a chance to experience and acquire a wide variety of skills and techniques.
Visual Arts at MYP introduces the student to a range of media and a variety of approaches that follow on and develop through Years 7, 8 and 9. The subject is delivered through projects and units, some of which are inter-disciplinary.
The range of media offered include: ceramics, painting, drawing, printmaking, 3D and digital media. Students are taught to develop ideas and solutions for their own art works, recording their own progress through the use of the Process Journal. The work is derived from a number of sources including the observed world, Western and non-Western cultures and, of course, from the rich and diverse imaginations of the students themselves.
In Years 10 and 11, students are guided through a variety of projects designed to allow them to explore and develop an increasingly independent approach in their own creative enquiry. The Process Journal is a key component in the documentation of research, creative thinking and ongoing reflection and evaluation; this also includes the teacher’s written comments. At least one trip to a museum or gallery takes place providing an opportunity for a critical appreciation.
In IBDP, throughout Years 12 and 13, students work increasingly independently on developing their own work, using a range of media of their choosing. The course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media. The course culminates with an exhibition of the student's work, curated by the students themselves.