Statement of Department Philosophy
The arts are a universal form of human expression and a unique way of knowing that engage us in affective, imaginative and productive activity. Learning through the arts helps us to explore, shape and communicate our sense of identity and understanding of the world, while providing opportunities to develop self‑confidence, resilience and adaptability. The visual arts have contributed to all cultures and societies throughout time. Experience in a wide range of visual arts activities adds a creative and cultural dimension to student development that will benefit them for the rest of their life. While traditional practices in the arts (for example, painting, sculpture, ceramics and architecture) have historically provided cultural records, contemporary practice and access to technology have given the tools of visual arts a very broad palette. Digital technology, time‑based art, installation and performance, to name but a few, add to traditional practice and bring an extra dimension and meaning to the students’ experience in the visual arts. The process of making ideas a reality using the skills and practices of visual arts is an integral part of the substance of the MYP arts curriculum.
(International Baccalaureate, 2009, p. 22).
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