Visual Art in the Primary Years Programme (PYP) from KG1 to Grade 5 at Stamford is designed to foster creativity and self-discovery in order to develop students’ ability to relate to visual aesthetics and concepts through the creation, and responding to artwork.
In the Middle Years Programme (MYP), Grades 6 through 10 students will acquire an understanding of the inquiry cycle; developing research, inspiration, ideation, creative thinking, and responding skills. Students will develop their knowledge of the elements and principles of art, implementing artistic terminology in journals and reflections. Throughout each year of the visual art program, students will be exposed to a variety of art specialism including; clay sculpture, textiles, printmaking, drawing, painting and more. The visual art MYP program is designed to prepare students for the visual art Diploma Programme (DP), by building conceptual understanding and building sound skills and techniques in two-dimensional and three-dimensional art making.
For students in Grade 11 and 12, who are moving on to the IB DP, the visual arts course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. Towards the end of the course, students exhibit their artwork demonstrating coherency of theme, skill and technique.
At Stamford, we believe visual art enables students to communicate in powerful ways that go beyond their spoken language. The program helps students to develop an understanding of their local and global community. Each year the various grades put on amazing exhibitions of their work – not only to share their artwork, but to showcase their creativity and to celebrate art as it exists all around them.
Students from Stamford are selected to showcase their artwork in the annual International Schools Art Exhibition. Stamford is a participant in the SEASAC Arts Festival, an opportunity for students to be creative with like-minded peers across South-East Asia. The Artist in Residence program exposes students each year to accomplished artistes from all across the world, who visit school and share their knowledge with the students.