Students explore the arts through drawing, sculpture, painting, clowning, theatre, dance, vocal music, and both rock and concert band instruments.
We live our core values through arts instruction from Pre-K to Grade 12. Students at ASW studying the music and messages of cultures across the globe, and 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.
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 in grades 6 to 10 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 for grades 11 and 12 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 are available to students from grades 6 to 12. These classes 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.
Middle School students can choose between Theatre Arts, TVASW and Stagecraft.
High School 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.
Dance class is available to students in grades 6 to 10, as part of the Middle Years Programme (MYP). MYP Dance focuses on teaching students how to express themselves creatively through movement. Students discover their voice as dancers by experiencing different dance genres and styles, and making connections between dance and other subject areas. Dance units are inquiry based providing students with opportunities to research and investigate their interests in dance including research about genres, dancers, and choreographers.
Dance students engage in all aspects of the creative process including devising, refining, and presenting dance. As part of the Process Journal, students analyze and reflect on the choices they made throughout the creative process.
Through Dance at ASW, students develop 21st Century Skills including problem solving, critical thinking, leadership, social, kinesthetic, and reflective skills and embody the IB Learner Profile traits of being Open-Minded, Reflective, Risk-takers. Students leave Dance with an appreciation for dance as an art form and means of creative expression.