Creative Arts is about giving every St Julian’s student the opportunity to explore and develop their intellectual, emotional and social strengths and weaknesses in a safe, secure and stress-free environment.
About Creative Arts
The Creative Arts team recognises the need of young people to enhance their understanding and enjoyment of the world by engaging in imaginative and creative activities in the Arts. It also believes that understanding of self and others and the ability to work effectively as part of an ensemble to be an important life skill. To this end Creative Arts follows a spiral model of education closely modelled on the IB Middle Years Arts Programme and the International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA) curriculum development documents, allowing students to develop skills and depth of reflection and engagement each year. Technical skills and levels of achievement are drawn from the UK National Curriculum.
Four specialist teachers representing the art forms of dance/physical theatre, drama, visual arts and music work closely together to deliver the curriculum from year 6 to year 9. 7º and 8º Ano students from the Portuguese section are integrated with yr 8 and 9. The course is conceived in terms of projects or units of work, rather than as a series of individual lessons dealing with specific skills. Each project focuses on a specific theme, text, idea, culture or issue and students are actively encouraged to explore links between art forms and take risks in their own creative responses.
The aims of the teaching and study of Creative Arts are for students to:
- experience the process of making art in a variety of situations
- develop self‑confidence and self‑awareness through art experiences
- explore, express and communicate ideas to and with others
- become informed and reflective practitioners of the arts
- become more effective learners, inquirers and thinkers
- appreciate lifelong learning in and enjoyment of the arts
- appreciate how the arts innovate and communicate across time and culture
- understand how the arts play a role in developing and expressing personal and cultural identities