“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 Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) program at AIS engages and inspires students across all divisions. The comprehensive K-12 arts curriculum prepares students for the rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) Art and Music courses offered in High School.
Experienced and passionate VPA teachers work hard to offer a fresh, relevant, and comprehensive curriculum which allows students to freely explore their creativity, enabling them to be the artists they choose to be. VPA teachers create safe spaces for students to discover and develop their artistic skills in Visual Arts, Drama, and Music classes while building Confidence in themselves. In addition to traditional methods and tools, students use new technologies and ways of working in the arts, ensuring that students are prepared for artistic study and life beyond AIS.
AIS also offers a variety of extended learning opportunities in the arts through extracurricular activities (ECAs). Students are also exposed to art in the local community and participate in trips to a variety of art venues and galleries, which include visits from guest speakers and local performers.
Studying Visual and Performing Arts at AIS plays a significant role in helping students become Well-Rounded Individuals. The arts benefit students through the development of essential transferable skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, adaptability, healthy expression and perseverance. In a world where the arts are recognised and appreciated as important and essential subjects for young people, the VPA department at AIS helps to nurture, engage, and encourage students to become the next generation of creatives ready to make contributions to the wider world.