Welcome to the Arts program at ASW!
Sculpture, drawing, design, dance and music are mediums that are explored thoroughly by our students.
Teachers help to engage the creativity and independent vision of learners with the support of established classical and contemporary technique. There is a wide offer of fine arts, performing arts, and music. From the stage to the spinning wheel, we are waiting for the development and communication of creative voices!
Learning about the past to create the future: There are so many places to express and feel beauty – just pick your road.
Through diverse mediums, from drawing to sculpture, to photography and design, learners are given the opportunity to explore different methods and mediums, which encourage creativity and thought.
Students study and develop their knowledge of the elements of art: line, color, shape, value, form, texture, and space. Studio work, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics are discussed and used in class.
Active music-making begins at the elementary level through two 40 minute lessons per week. Via the Kodaly and Orff Schulwerk approaches, children are encouraged to sing, speak, play and explore movement in order to perform, improvise and compose music.
At the 5th grade learners are introduced to instrumental and ensemble collaboration. Performers may select from flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone and baritone. Students are encouraged to spend 15 minutes each night on their instruments so that they can practice and reinforce what is learned in the classroom. Music is taught for 40 minutes twice a week.
By 6th grade, inspiring musicians have a spectrum of endeavors to choose from: Choir, school band, and rock band.
9-12th graders continue the experience through choir, concert band, rock band performance, guitar and rhythm ensemble. Here, our young aspiring musicians get many opportunities to explore theory, practice and performance for faculty, the student body, parents and the community.
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.