Arts Perspective

Arts are viewed by the IYP as a form of expression that is inherent in all cultures. They are powerful means to assist in the development of the whole child, and are important for interpreting and understanding the world. Arts in the IYP promote imagination, communication, creativity, social development and original thinking.

From and early age, students have the opportunity to develop genuine interest, to give careful consideration to their work and to become self-critical and reflective. They are provided with opportunities to communicate about their creative work and to share their understanding with teachers, peers and families.

Through the arts, students gain confidence and competence in self-expression and collaborative learning in both formal and informal settings. A competence in reflecting and evaluating their own work and the work of others in integral, and empowers students to take risks in and beyond the arts setting.

Exposure to and experience with the arts opens doors to key questions about life and learning. Evidence of students? learning will be seen in their willingness and ability to take action in order to make a difference in their world.

Arts in the IYP places increased emphasis on:

1. Collaborative planning and dialogue with classroom teachers and other single-subject teachers 


2. Arts teachers involved with the process of developing the units of inquiry and defining the central ideas

3. Planning for conceptual understanding

4. Arts teachers viewed (and viewing themselves) as IYP teachers

5. Students working, observing and performing in different areas of the school and community

6. Arts as an avenue to inquire

7. A variety of modalities, activities, assessments and artistic expressions

8. Students exposed to arts from multiple cultures, genres, time periods and languages

9. Students questions directing art projects and individual creativity valued and encouraged

10.Deeper understanding of concepts behind artistic expression