Visual Art

Aims and Objectives

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Course Descriptions

Grade 6

Grade 6

ART CAN BE USED TO LOOK AT WHO I AM - Statement of Inquiry: “The process of artistic creation can lead to self-discovery”.

MEDIA: Pencil Drawing

HISTORICAL ART CONTEXT: Various portrait artists across time & cultures

Students will create work with the purpose of: Understanding and joining the long, diverse lineage of portraiture artists throughout history by creating their own self-portraits via observational drawing.

ART CAN BE USED TO DEVELOP LINKS - “Art evolves due to cultural influences, the use of technology, creative thinking, and personal interests”.

MEDIA: Relief Printmaking

HISTORICAL ART CONTEXT: Japanese Ukiyo-e (traditional woodblock printing)

Students will create work with the purpose of: Using a traditional process to create a unique abstract patterned image developed from diverse visual elements & symbols and researched using contemporary online sources.

Grade 7

Grade 7

ART CAN BE USED TO CHALLENGE OUR IDEA OF BEAUTY - Statement of Inquiry: “Our modern idea of what is beautiful is artificial and perfect. Maybe We need to get real and focus on on how things really look”.

MEDIA: Watercolour and Ink


Students will create work with the purpose of: Presenting a view of Japan that either conforms to idealised rules of beauty, or one that rejects this, presenting the real, imperfect Japan as beautiful.

Grade 8

Grade 8

ART CAN BE USED TO FIGHT DISPOSABLE CULTURE - Statement of Inquiry: “The items we use are mass produced, sold cheap, and often thrown away after use. They have little value. It might be time to start hand making our own things again”.

MEDIA: Ceramics

HISTORICAL ART CONTEXT: Arts and Crafts Movement

Students will create work with the purpose of: .Re-discovering the benefits of making objects by hand, as opposed to using mass produced, identical, and cheaply made products.

ART CAN BE USED TO MAKE OUR FEELINGS CLEAR - Statement of Inquiry: “We all have worries and fears. Sometimes it can be hard to make people understand how they really make us feel.”

MEDIA: Acrylic Paint

HISTORICAL ART CONTEXT: German Expressionism

Students will create work with the purpose of: Presenting an emotional moment from our lives so our community can better understand us.