The KIS VAPA department inspires students to be life-long appreciators of the Arts, as well as active participants and supporters of the many areas of artistic expression. Students of the Arts will gain vital life skills which will play an important role in their future careers. This department comprises of the Visual Arts at IB Diploma level, MYP and PYP level as well as a FAPA Course, Photography offered as a FAPA Course, Film as an IB Diploma level Course and Drama as a FAPA Course.
The Arts is an inseparable subject and we live in the midst of it. Everything around us is Art.
- The IBDP Visual Arts Course is a vigorous two years course. It exposes the students to a variety of skills and techniques. New media, Artists and their style tap and nurture the talents within the Artists.
- Students learn how to create Artwork from Observation, Memory and Imagination. They learn how to paint, draw, sculpt, print, and design.
- The units taught, unfolds in a systematic manner gradually introducing the students through the exploratory stage, Pathway stage and the confirmatory state of learning and identifying their strengths and weakness. Growing and connecting with a style.
- The course is designed to address the artistic needs of the students to build a strong foundation for either a career in Art or as an Artist.
- Portraits, Visual Autobiography, Package design, Cubism, Sculpture, Printmaking, Batik, Site Specific Art, Installation, Computer aided Design, Fashion design and Illustration, Traditional Art from different cultures, Pottery, are to name a few units taught during the course.
- Students are also taught to maintain an Art journal, to work on a Process Portfolio. They are taught how to analyse an artwork and most importantly create art not only for its aesthetic purpose but to create meaningful Art.
- The Arts, and Drama in particular, allow students to enhance vital life skills and creative thinking methods.
- The Drama curriculum, offered to grades 6 through 12, focuses on learning artistic expression and building self-esteem, while improving language, communication, and risk-taking abilities.
- Subjects covered in the KIS Drama curriculum include, but are not limited to: Pantomime, Puppetry, Page to Stage Productions, Street Theatre, Social Drama, Comedy, Classical Theatre, Musical Theatre, Playwriting, Technical Design and Acting for Film.
At its most fundamental level, photography is about capturing a moment in time and preserving it in film, on paper, or now, in the 21st century, on a display screen. But photography can be so much more than that. With planning and practice, a photograph can convey a complex idea, evoke strong emotions, and help people see things in new ways.
- In our photography class, we explore different photographic techniques and genres as ways to creatively express ourselves.
- We explore some of the basic rules of composition, as well as the interplay of light and shadow, how colors work together, and how to photograph people in various contexts. Students are also encouraged to transcend the rules and find their own expression and creative vision.
- Our Photography Class also involves critical feedback and reflection, either in groups, or individually, as an essential component to the student’s creative development as a photographer.
Film is both a powerful communication medium and an art form.
At the core of the IB film course lies a concern with clarity of understanding, critical thinking, reflective analysis, effective involvement and imaginative synthesis that is achieved through practical engagement in the art and craft of film.
In this course, we learn about the core genres first, everything from film-making to Documentary film-making, and the three main phases of production. Then we drive into the topics such as planning and writing, lighting and shooting, storytelling via editing, and color correction and sound design. Then, we learn tools and techniques used by video editors, cinematographers, and director. Each step acts as a way to learn more and get the skills required to break into the video world.
Film aims to develop in students the skills necessary to achieve creative and critical independence in their knowledge, experience and enjoyment. As a part of this course, we develop –
- an appreciation and understanding of film as a complex art form.
- an ability to formulate stories and ideas in film terms.
- the practical and technical skills of production.
- critical evaluation of film productions by the student and by others.
- a knowledge of film-making traditions in more than one country.
- the ability to draw together knowledge, skills, research and experience, and apply them analytically to evaluate film texts.
- a critical understanding of the historical, theoretical, sociocultural, economic and institutional contexts of film in more than one country.
- the ability to research, plan and organize working processes.
- the ability to reflect upon and evaluate film production processes and completed film texts.