Arts

Arts Teachers
Music – Patrick David
Visual Arts – Ronald Kleijer
Drama/ Theatre Arts – Rob Thorburn, Siobhan Buckman

Arts Philosophy at Tashkent International School
The Arts at TIS offer students opportunities and experiences through which they are encouraged to develop a sense of self and an understanding of the complex world around them. The key skills of creative thinking, problem solving, collaboration, communication, reflection, appreciation and feedback are explicit elements of our Arts curricula, but which reach beyond the confines of both classroom and subject area, extending to all areas of living and learning, in the present and into the future as lifelong skills.

The Arts co-curricular program is designed to facilitate students’ participation in the development and production of public events placing the greatest emphasis on the creative process and the experience of involvement. The co-curricular program extends and strengthens the skills, knowledge and attitudes of the curricular program and provides further opportunities for creative and artistic development.

In both curricular and co-curricular Arts, active learning-through-doing, taking creative risks and experimenting with ideas and concepts, position students’ learning in an authentic context with authentic demands, whilst embodying a student-centered approach.

The development of critical skills is embedded in a holistic Arts curriculum, which embraces the teaching of the ‘whole’ student. Students are encouraged to face what is uncertain, make creative connections, engage imaginations, learn how to express themselves effectively and develop respectful and supportive ways of interacting.

Our new Art and Design Building, which will be operational from August 2014, contains purpose built studio and workshop spaces facilitating essential transfer and collaboration between our Visual Art and Design Technology programmes.

The Arts at TIS
TIS is one of only two hundred and twenty schools worldwide (*) which offers all three IB programmes, and which is therefore able to deliver continuity in Arts education across all grades. Click on the appropriate links for more detailed information about the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme. The IB continuum of international education provides a progression of learning for students aged 3 to19. Reflection, evaluation, artistic self-expression, collaboration and communication are intrinsic to the beliefs and values held in each programme.

The incremental development of knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills through units of inquiry nurture students’ reflective approach to their own work as well as a deeper understanding of the role of the arts in society, the world, and in their own lives.

Tashkent International School offers subject specific Arts education in Music, Visual Art and Drama throughout the school and across all three IB programmes.

*Statistics published by the International Baccalaureate
http://www.ibo.org/facts/schoolstats/progcombinationsbyregion.cfm, (accessed 29.01.14)

For department-specific information, click on the links below:
Music
Visual Arts
Drama/Theatre Arts

The Arts Curriculum
The arts enable us to have an experience we can have from no other source and through such an experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.(Eisner, E. 2002. The Arts and the Creation of Mind)

The arts are a universal form of human expression and a unique way of knowing that engage us in affective, imaginative and productive activity. Learning through the arts helps us to explore, shape and communicate our sense of identity and understanding of the world, while providing opportunities to develop self-confidence, resilience and adaptability.

(International Baccalaureate, 2008, MYP Arts Guide)

The Middle Years Programme (MYP)
This is delivered in Grades 6 to 10 and aims to encourage and enable students to:
• create and present art
• develop skills specific to the discipline
• engage in a process of creative exploration and (self) discovery
• make purposeful connections between investigation and practice
• understand the relationship between art and its contexts
• respond to and reflect on art
• deepen their understanding of the world.
(International Baccalaureate, 20013, MYP Arts Guide)

These objectives relate directly to the assessment criteria below.

A. Knowing and Understanding
Through the study of theorists and practitioners of the arts, students discover the aesthetics of art forms and are able to analyse and communicate in specialized language. Using explicit and tacit knowledge alongside an understanding of the role of the arts in a global context, students inform their work and artistic perspectives.

In order to reach the aims of arts, students should be able to:
i. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the art form studied, including concepts, processes and the use of subject-specific terminology
ii. demonstrate an understanding of the role of the art form in original or displaced contexts
iii. use acquired knowledge to purposefully inform artistic decisions in the process of creating artwork.

B. Developing Skills
The acquisition and development of skills provide the opportunity for active participation in the art form and in the process of creating art. Skill application allows students to develop their artistic ideas to a point of realization. The point of realization could take many forms. However, it is recognized as the moment when the student makes a final commitment to his or her artwork by presenting it to an audience. Skills are evident in both process and product.

In order to reach the aims of arts, students should be able to:
i. demonstrate the acquisition and development of the skills and techniques of the art form studied
ii. demonstrate the application of skills and techniques to create, perform and/or present art.

C. Thinking Creatively
The arts motivate students to develop curiosity and purposefully explore and challenge boundaries.

Thinking creatively encourages students to explore the unfamiliar and experiment in innovative ways to develop their artistic intentions, their processes and their work. Thinking creatively enables students to discover their personal signature and realize their artistic identity.

In order to reach the aims of arts, students should be able to:
i. develop a feasible, clear, imaginative and coherent artistic intention
ii. demonstrate a range and depth of creative-thinking behaviours
iii. demonstrate the exploration of ideas to shape artistic intention through to a point of realization.

D. Responding
Students should have the opportunity to respond to their world, to their own art and to the art of others.

A response can come in many forms; creating art as a response encourages students to make connections and transfer their learning to new settings. Through reflecting on their artistic intention and the impact of their work on an audience and on themselves, students become more aware of their own artistic development and the role that arts play in their lives and in the world. Students learn that the arts may initiate change as well as being a response to change.

In order to reach the aims of arts, students should be able to:
i. construct meaning and transfer learning to new settings
ii. create an artistic response which intends to reflect or impact on the world around them
iii. critique the artwork of self and others.

The Middle Years Programme
Grades 6, 7, 8
Students study one of the three Arts subjects each trimester as outlined below.

Trimester

Grade 6T

Grade 6I

Grade 6S

Grade 7T

Grade 7I

Grade 8T

Grade 8I

1

Music

Art

Drama

Music

Drama

Art

Drama

2

Drama

Music

Art

Drama

Art

Music

Art

3

Art

Drama

Music

Art

Music

Drama

Music

Grades 9 & 10
In Grade 9 students select two arts disciplines on which to focus, studying each for a one semester, and in Grade 10 students select one Arts subject which they will study for the duration of the year.