The arts are not mere diversions from the important business of education;
they are essential resources.
Elliot W Eisner, “The Role of the Arts in Cognition and Curriculum” (2001)
At Navigator College, Arts are viewed as a form of expression that is inherent in all cultures. Students in the Junior School participate in Visual Art and Music lessons from single subject teachers and are engaged in all Arts strands as part of their classroom learning. The Arts are a powerful means to assist in the development of the whole child, and are important for interpreting and understanding the world. (IBO, 2007)
The Arts promote imagination, communication, creativity, social development and original thinking. Through the Arts, students gain confidence and competence in self-expression and collaborative learning, in both formal and informal settings. A competence in reflecting and evaluating their own work and the work of others is integral, and empowers students to take risks in and beyond the Arts setting.
The Arts are identified as dance, drama, media, music and the visual arts, which are significant disciplines in their own right. However, the transdisciplinary nature of the Arts makes them an essential resource throughout the curriculum: through the Arts we learn to communicate, have exposure to other cultures and other times, and find out more about ourselves. The creative process is seen as a driving force in learning through inquiry.
The two common strands for all Arts are:
These apply across the different art forms and define the critical artistic processes. These intrinsically connected strands are concept-driven and have been designed to interact with each other, working together to support the overall development of the students.