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Arts center

Arts Center:

  • The arts are essential to every child's education, which is why the arts are one of the core academic subjects at our school.
  • Arts help children understand other subjects much more clearly—from math and science, to language arts and geography.
  • Arts nurture imagination as it engages children in a process that aids to the development of self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation, and self-motivation.
  • Participating in art activities helps children to gain the tools necessary for understanding human experience, adapting to and respecting others' ways of working and thinking, developing creative problem-solving skills, and communicating thoughts and ideas in a variety of ways.

Similar to English, Math, Science and the other core subjects, they are challenging subjects which require highly qualified teachers who challenge all students, not just those who are considered artistically talented, to perform works of art, create their own works, and respond to works of art and the ideas they impart. In addition to studying the arts for their own sake, experiencing and making works of art benefits students in their intellectual, personal, and social development, and can be particularly beneficial for students from economically disadvantaged circumstances and those who are at risk of not succeeding in school. Research studies point to strong relationships between learning in the arts and fundamental cognitive skills and capacities used to master other core subjects, including reading, writing, and mathematics. 

Arts as applied at ALS:

Students are encouraged to practice their talents in arts. There is a suite of rooms for drawing, painting, and sculpture. Students’ arts work are displayed in an exhibition which is held annually to show the students’ distinguished talents and creativity.

We value the cultural diversity of the children and use their own experiences in the teaching of Arts. All children are valued equally and are taught at a level appropriate to their understanding through differentiation. Children are confident to develop skills and understanding in a positive environment.

Art rooms have display areas as well as workspace and storage facilities. The art rooms are utilized by students at all levels. Each room is fully-equipped enabling students to express their creativity and imagination using a variety of media. Students learn various techniques of drawing, painting, print-making, sculpture, and pottery.