AIS has a highly respected visual art program and proudly boasts recent international recognition for two high school student submissions in Advanced Placement (AP) Art. In 2003 senior student Yoshimi Ito’s AP portfolio for drawing was ranked in the top 5 of 20,000 submissions received that year by the College Board. AIS was the only school outside of the US to receive this recognition. Then again in 2005, another senior student, Pinky So Ting Chim, also received notification from the College Board that her painting portfolio was ranked in the top 5 submissions that year. As before, AIS was the only school outside of the US to receive this recognition. Both students were flown to the US to represent the school at the prestigious openings of the AP Art Exhibitions. Their respective drawing and painting were included in the promotional poster for AP Art, ensuring their work was seen in every school across the US and internationally where AP Art is taught.
The elementary art program encourages children to appreciate different cultures through art. Students apply their artistic skills to create their original work. The program encourages the development of problem-solving and communication skills.
In middle school, the visual art curriculum is purposefully broad in its design, encompassing a range of skills, media and theory that gives students an opportunity for creative expression. The program continues to build on skills learnt in the elementary school and, in grade 8, develops skills that students will need in high school.
Our high school visual arts program is an intensive course of study at four successive levels in which increasing emphasis is placed on technical confidence and a critical and conceptual understanding of Art methodology.
The achievements of these students illustrate the genuine quality of our visual art program. It is an aspect of our educational program we value across each school level. Art is naturally integrated into many aspects of the regular early childhood and elementary programs where all students are encouraged to express their creativity using a variety of materials and media. Our students experience the joy of creating art through drawing, painting, construction, collage and printing. While we enthusiastically promote the intrinsic joy of art, we also recognize that our students, even in their younger years, are building essential skills for the future.