THE ARTS

The Role of the Arts in Student Learning:

The creative arts provide a chance for students to develop a deeper understanding of self, their communities and the world around them. Arts education encourages creative thinking, logical reasoning, and meta-cognition. 

Art is a powerful medium for communicating complex ideas and enhancing community involvement. The creative arts are often an effective means for civic responsibility and engagement as well as responding to social, political, and environmental situations and events. This provides the opportunity for integration into Service Learning or Project Based Learning initiatives as part of the AISL curriculum.

 

The Performing Arts (Music & Theatre) Philosophy:

The Performing Arts Department at AISL believes that pursuing excellence in the performing arts (music, theatre, and dance) provides vital components for students’ expression and growth. We are committed to promoting multi‑cultural awareness through individual and collaborative work to help prepare our students for an increasingly global community.  

Our standards-based, student-centered curriculum engages students in 21st century skills while promoting a positive learning environment in which all students can explore multiple disciplines. Students achieve a thorough grounding in the knowledge and skills required to make sense of and make use of each of the performing arts disciplines, including the intellectual tools to analyze artistic products and expression.

Through participation in our programs, students understand the equal value of process and product while co-creating music, dance, and theater. We lay the groundwork for students to carry these connections and their appreciation for the performing arts into adult life.

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Middle School Art Philosophy

Creative Beliefs

The arts are essential for the personal, intellectual, and social development of each individual child. Every child is capable of artistic expression and benefits from involvement in and creation of art.

The creative arts provide a chance for students to develop a deeper understanding of self, their communities and the world around them. Arts education encourages creative thinking, logical reasoning, and meta-cognition. 

The Middle School arts program emphasizes the process of creating art and recognizes this is often times more valuable than the finished product. Emphasis is placed on imagining, designing, expressing, evaluating, and refining art works. In general, courses are designed to compliment studies in academic core classes.

Art is a powerful medium for communicating complex ideas and enhancing community involvement. The creative arts are often an effective means for civic responsibility and engagement as well as responding to social, political, and environmental situations and events. This provides the opportunity for integration into Service Learning or Project Based Learning initiatives as part of the AISL curriculum.

The arts program at AISL is based on the four core standards from the National Core Arts Standards:

  • Creating- Creating art-works requires the ability to generate and solve problems, organize, conceptualize, develop, refine, and complete an expressive work

  • Presenting- Presenting art-works requires the ability to select, develop, refine, convey meaning and expression through the realization of creative work

  • Responding- Responding to art works requires students to analyze, interpret, and evaluate the work, their personal response and opinion and the impact of the work on a greater audience or community.

  • Connecting- Making connections to art works and the process of creating artwork involves developing personal as well as interdisciplinary perspectives (social, economical, political, historical) to deepen understanding.

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8 Studio Habits of Mind (Harvard Project Zero)

16 Habits of Mind (Costa, A. and Kallick, B.)

  • Develop Craft (Technique & Studio Practice)

  • Striving for accuracy

  • Engage & Persist (Finding Passion & Sticking with It)

  • Persisting

  • Managing impulsivity ƒ

  • Envision (Imagining & Planning)

  • Creating, imagining, innovating

  • Express (Finding & Showing Meaning)

  • Thinking and communicating with clarity and precision 

  • Applying past knowledge to new situations

  • Observe (Looking Closely)

  • Gathering data through all senses

  • Listening with understanding and empathy 

  • Reflect (Question & Explain and Evaluate)

  • Thinking about thinking (metacognition)

  • Questioning and posing problems

  • Stretch & Explore (Play, Use Mistakes & Discover)

  • Responding with wonderment and awe

  • Thinking flexibly

  • Taking responsible risks

  • Finding humor

  • Understand Art Worlds (Domain & Communities)

  • Thinking interdependently

  • Remaining open to continuous learning