Primary Years Visual Arts Program
In the IB Primary Years Program for Visual Arts, students will be introduced to the elements of art taking steps each year to develop more and more complicated compositions using the elements as they explore a variety of art mediums such as paints, pastels, pencil, clay, paper mache, and even glass. Each year the students will be introduced to a variety of artists and ethnic art, exploring styles from around the world. Students attend visual arts classes twice a week and our yearly program culminates in a large all school art show In May where students from Preschool to 8th grade display their creativity and hard work.
Our program is unique in that each student is introduced to art mediums of all kinds. Our school supports the arts of all kinds: visual, music, performing which allows the students to explore what it means to be a creative thinker in all sorts of ways.
In the PYP Visual Arts Program, students not only learn how to think creatively, push beyond what is comfortable and problem solve, they will develop both fine and gross motor skills working with many different materials as well as grow in the knowledge of both current and historical art styles. They will learn the basic skills of how to handle a paint brush, use glue, mix colors, create armateurs for paper mache sculptures, handle clay and create both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional pieces using a variety of mediums.
At Seven Peaks, the visual arts program works closely with the classroom teachers to create a transdisciplinary program. The strength of the Primary Years IB visual arts program lies in building connections with what students are learning in their core classes and what they are learning in their specials classes. In art, as in the other classes, we work on not only creative skills but build critical thinking skills, we practice self-assessment and look at how the monthly learner profile traits can be practiced or reinforced in our learning.
Middle Years Visual Arts Program
In the IB Middle Years Program for Visual Arts, students cover both a range of local and global art as well as a focus on the fundamental elements and principles of artistic design. As 7th and 8th graders familiar with the IB program, students will receive a process journal which becomes a record of their own creative process throughout each unit. We cover a wide variety of materials and methods of artistic design from collage and painting to 3-dimensional sculpture and ceramics. Students attend visual arts classes twice a week and typically complete 5-6 units of study. There is an equal focus on skill building (thinking, social, communication, self-management and fine motor skills) and creative thinking skills in each unit. At Seven Peaks, aligned with IB philosophy, the arts are considered a “core” subject where we understand the potential they have to develop creative, problem-solving thinkers. In May, all SPS students’ artwork is showcased in an All School Art Show where we honor each student’s creativity and beautifully crafted work.
Every student will have a form of the arts (visual or performing) every day at Seven Peaks School. This allows us to truly support and develop a love for the arts and thinking creatively throughout a student's middle years experience. I work to provide a wide variety of materials, knowledge and methods of artistic expression to find a creative passion for each and every student and ultimately build an appreciation for the arts that fosters a lifelong pursuit of creativity.
Students will develop both fine and gross motor skills working with many different materials as well as knowledge of local and global, current and historical art styles. We will work with many different mediums including 2-dimensional materials, such as drawing and painting, to 3-dimensional mediums like clay and glass.
There is an equal focus on skill building (thinking, social, communication, self-management and fine motor skills) and creative thinking skills in each unit. At Seven Peaks, aligned with IB philosophy, the arts are considered a “core” subject where we understand the potential they have to develop creative, problem-solving thinkers. Every unit is connected to a bigger idea about how the world works and a connection to students' passions. We work to understand what creating art for a purpose is and how art has always been a communication tool to express oneself as well as advocate for others and express or communicate ideas and ideals.