"By words one transmits thoughts to another; by means of art, one transmits feelings." (Leo Tolstoy)
In the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), students develop through creating, performing and presenting arts in ways that engage and convey feelings, experiences and ideas. It is through this practice that students acquire new skills and master those skills developed in prior learning. Students have opportunities to function as artists as well as learners of the arts.
What is the significance of arts in the MYP?
Arts stimulate young imaginations, challenge perceptions and develop creative and analytical skills. Involvement in the arts encourages students to understand the arts in context and the cultural histories of artworks, supporting the development of an inquiring and empathetic worldview. Arts challenge and enrich personal identity and build awareness of the aesthetic in a real-world context.
The aims of MYP arts are 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
More details of the curriculum for each grade level can be viewed here.