Visual Arts

The visual arts programme starts in the early years and goes through G12. At the Primary level, art may be taught both in the classroom and in the art room. Learning experiences may be to develop specific skills and understandings of a specific art medium or they may related to the current unit of inquiry being studied by the grade level.

In the Secondary school, students keep a journal of their course work, as well as personal reflections. This form of an artist's diary eventually becomes the IB Investigation workbook at the senior level. This documentation of the process, they are involved in, has taken on a central role in all the courses, and at the IB level it has become 40% of the assessment grade. Our aim, in all our endeavors with our students, is to instill a sense of confidence in skills that have been methodically developed in each individual; to gain an appreciation for art forms that have evolved with the ascent of man; to learn to observe and record accurately; to be open to possibilities that present themselves through experimentation; to be willing to take risks; to develop an intellectual curiosity in researching artists, art movements, schools, philosophies, exhibitions, as well as putting art into it's social, cultural, and historical context.


As a modern art form, film emphasises the importance of visual imagery, technology and communication. VIS was the first school in Europe to pilot the IB Diploma Film course in 2001, which has since become an established subject in both the MYP and IB Diploma programmes. Film is currently available to G9-G12.