Arts Faculty

(Click on staff members' name to visit their webpage.)

Visual Arts:

Melanie Isleib

Anthony Kimmons*

Marialice Lindig

Performing Arts:

Lindsey Faleiro*

Olivia Henry

Andrew Maddocks*

(DP/AP Courses*)




In MYP arts students have opportunities to function as artists, as well as learners of the arts. Artists have to be curious. By developing curiosity about themselves, others and the world, students become effective learners, inquirers and creative problem-solvers. Students develop through creating, performing and presenting arts in ways that engage and convey feelings, experiences and ideas. It is through this practice that students acquire new skills and master those skills developed in prior learning.

Development in the arts is a dynamic process, and not necessarily linear. The student moves freely through a creative process towards a deeper understanding of the arts. MYP arts values the process of creating artwork and the point of realization; the two elements combined tell us what students have experienced, learned and attempted to convey.

Thinking creatively fits naturally in MYP arts. As both an objective in the arts and an approaches to learning (ATL) skill across the programme, heightened awareness of thinking creatively encourages students to develop metacognitive skills and become self-regulated learners.

Arts in the MYP stimulate young imaginations, challenge perceptions and develop creative and analytical skills. Involvement in the arts encourages students to understand the arts in context and the cultural histories of artworks, thus supporting the development of an inquiring and empathetic world view. Arts challenge and enrich personal identity and build awareness of the aesthetic in a real-world context.

The MYP structures sustained inquiry in arts by developing conceptual understanding in global contexts. Global contexts direct learning towards independent and shared inquiry into our common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet. Using the world as the broadest context for learning, MYP arts can develop meaningful explorations of:

• identities and relationships

• orientation in space and time

• personal and cultural expression

• scientific and technical innovation

• globalization and sustainability

• fairness and development.


MYP Art Objectives


A  Knowledge and understanding        


Through the study of theorists and practitioners of the arts, students discover the aesthetics of art forms and are able to analyse and communicate in specialized language. Using explicit and tacit knowledge alongside an understanding of the role of the arts in a global context, students inform their work and artistic perspectives.                                                     


C Thinking creatively

The arts motivate students to develop curiosity and purposefully explore and challenge boundaries. Thinking creatively encourages students to explore the unfamiliar and experiment in innovative ways to develop their artistic intentions, their processes and their work. Thinking creatively enables students to discover their personal signature and realize their artistic identity.


B Developing skills

The acquisition and development of skills provide the opportunity for active participation in the art form and in the process of creating art. Skill application allows students to develop their artistic ideas to a point of realization. The point of realization could take many forms. However, it is recognized as the moment when the student makes a final commitment to his or her artwork by presenting it to an audience. Skills are evident in both process and product.


D Responding

Students should have the opportunity to respond to their world, to their own art and to the art of others. A response can come in many forms; creating art as a response encourages students to make connections and transfer their 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 change as well as being a response to change.


The aims of MYP arts are to encourage and enable students to:

·   develop skills specific to the discipline

·   engage in a process of creative exploration and (self-)discovery

·   make purposeful connections between investigation and practice

·   and deepen their understanding of the world.

·   create and present art

·   understand the relationship between art and its contexts

·   respond to and reflect on art


1As summarized from the IBO MYP Arts Guide and MYP: Principles into Practices

MYP Art aspires to develop creative problem solvers who are caring and responsible individuals, able to respond critically and resourcefully to the demands of a global society and to appreciate the importance of creative expression in all aspects of life. The arts objectives interrelate with each other and form the basis of the student’s experience in the arts. Personal engagement surrounds the student at the centre and connects directly with each of the other objectives.

Achievement Levels in Arts

Criterion A
Knowledge &
Scale: 0-8
Criterion B
Developing Skills
Scale: 0-8
Criterion C
Thinking Creatively
Scale: 0-8

Criterion D
Scale: 0-8

Westchester Grading Scale Conversion for MYP
8 100

* This means the work submitted cannot
be scored using the criteria given.

If no work is submitted then a
traditional 0% would be given.

7 93
6 88
5 82
4 77
3 71
2 65
1 60
*0 50


Visual Arts:

Art (Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th)

Art I & II

Digital Art & Animation (½ Arts & ½ Design)

Performing Arts:

Dance (8th only)

Choir (Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th)

Theatre Arts (Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th)

Dance I & II

Choir (Levels: Beginning, Intermediate, & Advanced)

Technical Theatre I & II

Theatre Arts I & II




 TitleOwnerCategoryModified DateSize 
Arts Brief by IBCheryl WegscheidMYP Grades 6-1010/20/201545.00 KBDownload