2017-2018 Course Outline

COURSE:        IB Arts 8 (Year 3)

TEACHER:        Adrian van Lidth de Jeude

CONTACT:        adrianvldj@go.islandpacific.org

Course Description

The overall purpose of the Arts program at Island Pacific School is to develop students' interest and confidence in their ability to do art. To achieve these aims, we will be exploring not only the visual arts but also musical and dramatic aspects of our artistic world. Some of the skills we will cover over the year will include a variety of visual mediums, playing instruments, and presentation. Students completing this course should develop a greater understanding and appreciation for the arts.  They should be challenged to consider authentic issues and develop their skills beyond superficiality and imitation.

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


The following units will be covered over the course of the year.

Unit 1: Visual Art: To start the year we will be investigating photography and photojournalism. Students will develop skills of composition and visual storytelling, learning to create powerful pictures to tell a story.

Unit 2: Music: Students will be delving into the world of music notation. Students will be investigating various forms of current and historical ways of representing music visually. They will use what they have learned to inspire their own creative way of representing a musical composition on paper.

Unit 3: Drama: Students will make an exploration of the dramatic skills and tools that help one to transform into a character. The dramatic skills and tools we will be learning will be of immediate use in the final project and community presentation called the Twin Project.

Resources & Materials

Students will be expected to have an 8½ x 11 developmental workbook (sketch book).  


Assessment in Arts 8 is based on the International Baccalaureate - Arts assessment criteria

Criterion A: Knowing and understanding

Criterion B: Developing skills

Criterion C: Thinking creatively

Criterion D: Responding

Please visit the link to view the assessment rubrics.  http://goo.gl/dcYKN2

For a complete description of BC’s New Curriculum Core Competencies for Arts Education