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Visual & Performing Arts

“The Arts have a wonderful universality. Art has the potential to unify. It can speak in many languages without a translator. The Arts do not discriminate. The Arts lift us up.”
— Barbara Jordan

The Arts are extensively interwoven into the fabric of daily life at the American International School. Our passionate Visual Performing Arts Team unequivocally believes in the value of Arts Education, as it authenticates our humanity by cultivating creativity and expression. Art unlocks a sense of joy and wonder in our young people. It raises academic attainment, fosters a sense of conviction in our identity, and generates confidence in our character. 

We provide a comprehensive through-school arts education that unlocks the innate creativity in each and every AIS student. Our programs of study and extra-curricular opportunities provide learning experiences in visual art, music, performance, and drama, with a wealth of opportunities to perform and exhibit work both in and beyond our school campus. 

The Arts benefit our young learners in a multitude of ways. They help develop problem solving and critical thinking skills, allowing for the initiative of the individual to shine through in a collaborative setting; they value authentic expression and embrace diversity; they convey meaning and act as a conduit for communication and connection; they instill a sense of belonging, pride, and accomplishment. Above all, as one of the most intrinsic and universal traits of humanity, the arts exist in their own right to define who we are and give context to our place in the world. 

Sincerely,

Robert Kilvington-Shaw
Head of Visual & Performing Arts

  VISUAL ART  

Visual Arts offers students an appreciation for the diverse nature of expression encapsulated within the subject. Students are exposed to a range of different media through different ideas and concepts to create unique, innovative, and exciting work. The skills acquired by our students encompass a multitude of two and three dimensional practices, including drawing, painting, collage, mixed-media, ceramics and sculpture, and the implementation of technology through digital art.

  MUSIC  

Music is an integral part of the AIS educational experience. Students learn through a range of styles and genres, understanding elements of music and how they combine to create music that engages an audience. Students collaborate within ensembles and showcase their talents through a range of performance opportunities. Be it playing guitar in a rock band, singing in a choir, or composing and producing using music technology, there’s a pathway for every student at AIS to realise their innate musicality. 

  DRAMA  

Drama is not only performing for a live audience. It is the amalgamation of social, collaborative and creative realms to use the body and voice as a performance instrument. Students gain critical thinking skills and learn through reflection in this unique yet most natural art form. Through engaging with the subject, students grow in confidence and find authentic ways to express themselves.

SHOWCASE

With great pride, we invite you to explore the artistic work of our students, curated for you within these series of blog posts. These posts aim to capture a glimpse of our talented students as they embrace their relationship with art on a daily basis. As we’re sure you will agree, our school is that much richer and vibrant as a result.