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.
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.