WIS students are encouraged to develop their artistic skills in a variety of ways. In the visual arts, our goal is to offer imaginative outlets and support students through unique means of expression by allowing their minds to venture into areas unknown; to explore new ideas, subject matter, and cultures; and to experiment with a variety of creative media and techniques. The study of various countries is an incomparable time to understand how the local visual arts and music impact different cultures. As a part of our IB curriculum, we make transdisciplinary connections between the arts and home room units in all of the grades. Art instruction with a specialist teacher begins in Kindergarten and continues to 8th grade. In preschool, teachers work with the students on various art projects.
Older elementary and middle school students have an opportunity to participate in Forensics the second half of the year. In the homeroom, our students develop performing skills in drama through a variety of literature and social studies projects. All WIS students perform for their class, other classes and parents throughout the school year.
Beginning in 4K, WIS students participate in music instruction two times per week with a specialist teacher. Students develop skills in pitch, rhythm and singing. Elementary students, as they continue to build music literacy, are introduced to basic compositional projects. Listening exercises focus on the ability to compare and contrast listening selections. Music history is presented in the context of a general historical time line and in conjunction with homeroom studies or IB units. Students in 3K participate in Kids on the Move one day per week throughout the school year. Toddlers enjoy music class in the classroom as well as with special visitors.
Private Music Lessons
Children can participate in private music lessons during the school day if interested. These are available with trained professionals for an additional fee. Lessons are currently available for violin, cello and piano. More information can be found here.