- Art is incorporated in thematic units from JK and is a formal block from kindergarten to grade 6. In grade 7, students choose two art-related electives. From grade 8, students can choose from several art electives.
- From kindergarten, students explore a range of art styles, materials and mediums, including drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture, and the connection between art and societal shifts.
In grades 8 to 10, visual arts courses focus on developing the student’s artistic voice through projects that develop technical skills, conceptual approaches, and exposure to various artistic techniques.
In grades 11 and 12, students continue to develop their visual arts repertoire in general art classes and strengthen design skills in courses such as Drafting and Design, and Drafting and Design Habitat. Architecture courses give students practical experience through model building, hand drafting and computer software.
For students considering undergraduate art/design programs, Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in Studio Art Drawing and Art Careers, which develop a student’s personal voice and help them create a submission portfolio. Our alumni are graduates of fashion design, industrial design and architecture programs at Parson’s School of Design, Parson’s Paris, University of Arts London, Rhode Island School of Design, Emily Carr, OCAD University, SCI-Arc and other renowned institutions.
Arts Week every spring is an opportunity for students to celebrate their work and talents at in-house art shows and to take workshops with visiting artists. Students also showcase their work at the annual ISABC Art Show, a collaboration between independent schools in Vancouver.