At the Bavarian International School, we believe art and creative self-expression is at the heart of what it means to be human.
At BIS, students enjoy uplifting and amazing experiences in the performing and visual arts at BIS, as they engage in exploring, investigating, creating, responding to and reflecting on a range of art forms. The students' visual and performing art expresses their personal and cultural ideas, beliefs and feelings which is communicated to audiences through a range of platforms.
As their skills and knowledge are built, they develop empathy, self-confidence, imagination, curiosity and adaptability, as they learn to understand many cultures and consider multiple perspectives. These experiences begin in Early Childhood classes with specialist teachers all the way through to the IB Diploma (DP) where they can study music, theatre or visual arts. They share their creative work, both in the classroom and through a range of performances, exhibitions and presentations in and outside the classroom, with collaborative work providing a sense of belonging and community.
Events such as the Arts Exhibition in the Haimhausen Castle, the Wearable Art show, theatre productions, International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA) festivals, workshops with visiting international artists, music concerts and recitals, as well as performances at the Christmas Market and International Spring Festival, foster connections between students and the community.
Students develop their creative and technical skills in private music lessons, provided on campus, as well as participating in musical ensembles, art workshops and plays and musicals as part of the After School Activity program.
Being creative is at the heart of being human and of all cultural progress.
- Sir Ken Robinson
From a BIS Music Teacher
"I was so grateful be a part of this (Snow White production, 2022). Everyone worked so hard and the results were a huge success! I love seeing kids experience the sweet rewards of all their effort. It’s an amazing feeling to perform when you know you’re prepared and able to bring your best to the whole production! It makes all those long, difficult rehearsals worthwhile. I’m thankful they were given the chance to experience that feeling here at BIS — how the hard work pays off in the end. It’s also wonderful seeing all the support from the parent and school community enabling them to really shine. These are such important, but immeasurable life-long learning moments for everyone."
Kathy Disney, Music Teacher at BIS City Campus
At the 2021 "Wearable Art Show," approximately 136 Secondary School students transformed the sports hall of the Haimhausen Campus into the largest catwalk of the region. Under the motto "Alternative Worlds", the international students from grades 9 - 12 presented exceptionally creative, playful and also socially critical 3D sculptures as wearable fashion. Around 350 guests were impressed with the student’s work and responded with thunderous applause and standing ovations. Video by Filmanstalt GmbH with photography by Sebastian Stiphout.