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The visual arts are an integral part of the curriculum at TISA, our international staff and primary school students are taught for 2 x 50 minute periods a week by a single-subject art teacher.  The corridors are filled with student artwork and is an integral part of open house and school celebrations.


We have developed strong links with the host culture. Students regularly visit art galleries, take part in art exhibitions and learn specific skills offered by local artists.

Cross curricular links between the homeroom and arts teaches allow students to make more and different connections to concepts, knowledge, skills and attitudes. The students can follow their ideas and lines of inquiry between classes, reflecting and reinforcing learning from a variety of perspectives.

We regard visual arts is paramount in developing problem solving, creativity and higher order thinking skills. Examples of this concept-based, cross-curricular learning include:

  • P3 - Unit of Inquiry - How we express ourselves. “Creative thought is a powerful tool for extending our ability to create, think and express ourselves.” Students experiment with a wide range of materials to explore ways of creating each of the elements of art.

  • P4 - Unit of Inquiry - Sharing the planet. “The ways people manage waste impacts the environment.” Students collect and use materials in individual and group artwork. Developing fine motor skills and the knowledge that art can be used to send a message and to inform people.

  • P5 - Unit of Inquiry - How we express ourselves. “People around the world communicate through traditional arts.” Students create cultural designs, decorate t-shirts and make masks. These support their dance and musical compositions and are worn during a school performance.

  • P6 - Unit of Inquiry - Sharing the planet. “Changes in ecosystems affect the balance among living things.” Students create three-dimensional animal artwork from junk to spread the message, refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle.  They use the medium of art to spread a message and suggest action.

  • P7 - Unit of Inquiry - How we organize ourselves. “Public spaces play a role in the social and economical life of a community.” Students plan, propose and then change a public space within the school. We have improved the libraries and created a winter fair cafe.

  • P8 - Unit of Inquiry - How we express ourselves. “People respond to the environment, their emotions and other people through the arts.” Students research and inquire into the elements of art and how it evokes an emotion.  They create their own artwork entitled ‘Azerbaijan through my eyes.’

The main learning focus of the visual arts at TISA is that


  • Students are encouraged to participate in discussions and to inquire into the concepts and ideas from their own experiences and understandings.

  • Collaborative group work is encouraged and is a specific focus in certain Units of Inquiry.

  • Students reflect on their creative process during and upon completion of their art.

  • A variety of different art media are covered including drawing, painting, printmaking, constructing, sculpture, textiles, mosaic, junk art, collage, ceramics).

  • ICT is incorporated as a tool to explore and research ideas and to extend and enhance artwork.

The International School of Azerbaijan

AZ1070 | Yeni Yasamal | Royal Park | Baku Azerbaijan  
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