At the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS), Arts form an essential part of our balanced international curriculum.
The WISS curriculum is built on four pillars: Academics, Sports, Arts, and Community Service. We provide students with the opportunities to explore the elements of being successful artists and learners of the arts. Learning through Arts is fundamental to the development of the whole child and nurtures students to think creatively and critically, explore the unfamiliar, innovate, and experiment.
Art education stimulates imagination by providing students with the tools to understand and interpret the world around them. The Western International School of Shanghai is dedicated to nurturing student development through Creative Arts, fostering balanced learning and harmonious self-development. The Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) at WISS identifies Arts as Visual Arts and Performing Arts (Music and Drama). All art disciplines are distinct but are also linked in various ways. Our expertly designed curriculum allows Creative Arts students to rotate quarterly between Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts programmes. This rotation benefits students as they are exposed to the various forms of Arts and experience Arts from multiple perspectives.
Students at the Western International School of Shanghai regularly share their work and experience through exhibitions and events. Most recently, students participated in the second ‘Creative Arts Sharing,’ an event where students showcase the concepts and skills acquired as part of their learning experience with their peers, parents, and teachers.
Within these art disciplines, the themes of ’Remixes and Mash-ups’ were explored relative to the global context of ‘Personal and Cultural Expression’ and the concepts of artistry and creation.
In Music, students investigate various melodies and songs to determine how musical elements, such as overlaying vocal tracks and melodies, combine to form a final product. Students form bands and collaborate to choose music to perform as a mash-up or a remix of the original. As part of this process, students explore and develop their musical skills and techniques.
In Theatre, students explore ‘Remixes and Mash-ups’ by collaborating in groups to form movie dialogues from different genres. Students also learn to transform lyrics from music into dialogue with different genres in mind.
In Visual Arts, students investigate the theme of ‘Remixes and Mash-ups’ by utilizing pastels, pencil techniques, and watercolors to create eye-catching animal pop art images and animations. Their creations are then incorporated as part of the mash-up for their heir final piece of artwork.
Visual art students present their creations for the final sharing and take questions from their peers and teachers.
The next WISS, ‘Creative Arts Sharing,’ is scheduled for April 2023.
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