ARTS in the PYP at WIS
The Arts is a powerful mode of communication. It is a wonderful way for students to explore, construct and develop an understanding of the world. Arts provide students with a wide range of opportunities and means to respond to their experiences and engage with historical, social and cultural perspectives.
Two common strands have been identified that apply across the different art forms and define the critical artistic processes. These intrinsically connected strands are concept-driven and have been designed to interact with each other, working together to support the overall development of the students.
At WIS the Arts include Music/Dance, Drama and Visual Arts:
Music enables students to communicate in ways that go beyond their oral language abilities and in a unique way. Musical experiences and learning begin with the voice. In the Primary School students are given opportunities to discover a broad range of skills, including classifying and analysing sounds, composing, exploring body music, harmonising, listening, playing instruments, singing, notation, reading music, songwriting and recording.
Creating - Students use their imagination to organise sounds—natural and technological—into various forms that communicate specific ideas or moods.
Responding - Students are given the opportunity to respond to different styles of music, as well as to music from different times and cultures. Individually and collaboratively, students have the opportunity to create and respond to music ideas. By exposing students to a wide and varied repertoire of musical styles, they can begin to construct an understanding of their environment, their surroundings and structures, and begin to develop personal connections with them.
Drama explores how we express ourselves physically and vocally.
Creating - Students explore the use of facial expressions, gestures, movement, posture and vocal techniques to convey emotional or cultural meaning to both characters and stories. They are exposed to a variety of dramatic forms; including creative movement, impersonation, improvisation, mask work, mime, musical, role play, pantomime, puppetry, re-enactment, scripted drama, and skit.
Responding - Students experience a wide variety of scripts and stories from different times, cultures and places and, where possible, access live theatre performances and presentations. Students have opportunities to present their creative work to an audience, to witness their peers in performance and through this become critically aware audience members.
Creating - Students are exposed to a broad range of experiences that illustrate the field of visual arts, including architecture, bookmaking, ceramics, collage, costume design, drawing, graphic design, film, illustration, industrial design, installation, jewellery, land art, mask making to name a few.
Responding - Students explore beyond their own initial involvement. They can be exposed to artists, or visit art galleries, museums, artists’ and designers’ studios, exhibitions, films sets and/or theatres. Students begin to appreciate the depth and breadth of the field by experiencing visual arts created by diverse artists—locally and globally, now and in the past, by women and men, and by people of different backgrounds.