Art in a transdisciplinary programme

Visual arts at BIS is taught entirely within the PYP Programme of Inquiry. We have drawn on a number of documents in the process of refining our scope and sequence. We want our students to experience the benefits of Visual Arts taught within an international curriculum. A conceptual approach to Visual Arts develops the transdisciplinary thinking, communication, and research, self management and social skills outlined in this document. We believe where possible that practical skills should be taught and learned through meaningful inquiries and projects as part of a Unit of Inquiry. For each strand students are actively involved in constructing their own understanding through discovery, observation and hands-on, practical application.

Visual art includes the development of creative skills, verbal and non verbal expression, an awareness of the perspective of others and aesthetic appreciation. Visual art enables students to communicate in powerful ways that go beyond their spoken language ability. Through visual art students can begin to construct meaning about their community, their environment, their own feelings and emotions, and to develop their cultural awareness.MAking The PYP Happen, IBO 2007

The Visual Arts Strands have been developed from the IBO PYP Science Scope and Sequence documentation as well as international and national curriculum standards. These documents have provided guidance in designing the Programme of Inquiry for BIS and ensure a balance of the significant strands of Visual Arts. For each strand students are actively involved in constructing their own understanding through discovery, observation and practical application.

They are:

Creative processes

The development of imagination and creativity through experimentation and self expression.
Related concepts include: collage, communication, cubism, design, dimension, genres, illustration, impressionism, inspiration proportion and subject.

Elements of art and design

The theoretical and practical aspects of art and design, incorporating both ideas and components such as balance, colour, form, pattern, repetition
Related concepts include: application, culture, composition, contrast, light, movement, media and position.

Visual arts in society

The role visual arts play in society and in diverse cultures, both historical and contemporary.
Related concepts include: architecture, celebration, fashion, graffiti, sculpture, propaganda, religion, self expression and tradition.

Reflection and appreciation

The study and appreciation of a range of artworks, including the students’ own artwork, to develop understanding of the principles of art and design in the world around them.
Related concepts include: audience, composition culture, observation, perspective, stereotype and subjectivity.