TIS offers a Fine Arts program that includes Visual Arts and Music. In PYP all students take visual arts and music 40 minutes twice a week. In MYP students rotate through visual arts, music and design for 12 weeks each throughout a semester. In DP students will have the option to choose either art or music as a course of study.
The Nature of Arts (taken from the MYP Arts Guide January 2015)
The arts are a universal form of human expression and a unique way of knowing that engage us in effective, imaginative and productive activities. Learning through the arts helps us to explore, shape and communicate our sense of identity and individuality. A focus on the individual enhances our self-confidence, resilience and adaptability. It encourages our sense of belonging and community through the recognition of identities. During adolescence, the arts provide an opportunity for age-appropriate and holistic development of the social, emotional, intellectual and personal intelligences of the student.
In MYP arts students have opportunities to function as artists, as well as learners of the arts. Artists have to be curious. By developing curiosity about themselves, others and the world, students become effective learners, inquirers and creative problem-solvers. Students develop through creating, performing and presenting arts in ways that engage and convey feelings, experiences and ideas. It is through this practice that students acquire new skills and master those skills developed in prior learning.