Visual Art


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.


Developed as part of a concept driven, context based curriculum, students have the opportunity to study a wide range of skills, both physical and digital. These skills enable students to create a wide range of artistic responses over the program, such as jewelry, ceramics, painting, sculpture and printmaking.


Each arts objective corresponds to one of four equally weighted assessment criteria. Each criterion has eight possible achievement levels (1–8), divided into four bands with unique descriptors that teachers use to make judgments about students’ work.

Criterion A: Knowing and understanding

Students discover the aesthetics of art forms and are able to analyse and communicate using specialized language. Students inform their work and artistic perspective using explicit and tacit knowledge alongside an understanding of the role of the arts in a global context.

Criterion B: Developing skills

Students develop their artistic ideas to a point of realization by applying their skills. Students make final commitments to their artwork by presenting it to audiences.

Criterion C: Thinking creatively

Students develop curiosity, and purposefully explore and challenge boundaries. Students explore the unfamiliar and experiment in innovative ways to develop their artistic intentions, their processes and their work. They discover their personal signature and realize their artistic identity.

Criterion D: Responding

Students respond to their world, to their own art and to the art of others. Students must make connections and transfer 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 as well as respond to change.

All grade 10 courses are 1 credit.