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.
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.