Welcome to the Arts program at ASW!
Students explore PYP, MYP, and DP Arts through drawing, sculpture, painting, clowning, theatre, dance, vocal music, and both rock and concert band instruments.
The ASW Core Values are modelled and lived through arts instruction from Pre-K to Grade 12.
We make the whole world our classroom by studying the music and messages of cultures across the globe. Our students learn resilience and the ability to bounce back from repeated practice and overcoming mistakes.
Ensemble experiences and peer critiques help them to practice working together, and to learn lifelong skills for joyful community experiences outside the workplace so that, as adults, they can put the same into life as they put into their careers. The arts demand passion, conviction, and confidence - the ability to step forward and make things happen.
ASW’s Arts teachers provide joyful, sequential arts experiences that develop students’ skill, technique, confidence, and lifelong love of music, drama, dance, and visual art.
The MYP (Middle Years Programme) Visual Arts courses engage students as artists through the exploration of studio habits, artistic thinking and the creative process.
Students investigate a range of media through both structured and spontaneous activities, participate in the evaluation process, and have the opportunity to display their work in a variety of ways. Art making, artistic analysis, and art history will be woven into each unit.
The DP (Diploma Programme) Visual Arts program is a rigorous two-year course that enables students to discover, develop and enjoy a means of creative visual expression suited to their temperament and capabilities. Students engage in critical and contextual investigations that explore artworks, objects, and artefacts from differing cultural contexts. They document their experimentation and exploration of a variety of visual arts media in order to reflect upon their art-making practice in a way that is meaningful and propels their artistic growth.
The two-year course culminates with the IB Visual Arts Showcase where each senior curates an exhibit in order to present a selection of resolved artworks that address their individual themes.
Joyful music-making begins with our youngest learners at the elementary level using the Kodaly and Orff Schulwerk approaches. Children sing, chant, play and dance when performing, improvising and creating music. Their exploratory music experiences incorporate varied traditions of music not limited to classical, jazz, children’s and multicultural world music. In addition to playing Orff xylophones, world drums and rhythm percussion instruments, students have opportunities to learn to play recorder, guitar and band instruments.
In Middle School, students are given a variety of curricular musical options, including Choir, Band, and Rock Band. Players and singers who wish to challenge themselves can audition for the CEESA Band, Choir, or String festivals. ASW is also a member school of the Association for Music in International Schools, and our singers regularly attend the prestigious AMIS music festivals, which draw auditioned student musicians from across the globe. For string players, we offer various level extra-curricular opportunities for violin, viola, cello, and string bass players to participate in after-school clubs.
In grades 9-12, students can continue to develop their confidence, experience joy, and broaden their understanding of the world as a singer or instrumentalist in the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, or Choir. We also offer an extra-curricular Choir Club for pop singing, which prepares students in the second semester for the regional CEESA choir festivals. Rock musicians (experienced or aspiring!) as well as string and wind players, continue to have opportunities for various level ensemble participation in before and after-school clubs.
The grade 6-12 music ensembles are built on the solid foundation of the ASW Core Values, giving students experiences where they can 'work together' to create beauty, 'step forward' to take a risk in a classroom or on a stage, and even 'bounce back' from the challenges that come from the pursuit of musical excellence!
Grades 9 and 10 students can also take a full-year Guitar class which teaches notation, chordal, scale, picking, strumming basics, giving students the lifelong skills to take their enjoyment of guitar wherever life leads them - from the campfire to the stage!
Theatre and drama classes at ASW encourage the growth of creative, reflective and communication skills through practical work. Emphasis is placed on the artistic process and the students’ understanding of this process as an essential component to their artistic development through continuous investigation, planning, goal setting, rehearsing, performing, reflection and evaluation.
MS students can choose between Theatre Arts, TVASW and Stagecraft
HS students can choose between Intro to Theatre, Advanced Theatre, Stagecraft and IB Theatre Arts
The IB DP Theatre course at ASW is multifaceted and gives students the opportunity to actively engage in theatre as creators, designers, directors and performers. It emphasizes working both individually and collaboratively as part of a larger ensemble.