The Arts



The AISJ Visual Arts program will ensure that all of our students construct a vital relationship with the arts to assist them in living lives rich in meaning and expression. A truly educated person will have and be enriched through, the development of artistic knowledge and skills.

We believe that an effective visual arts program should be a “doing” program, focused on growth, and supporting student awareness and appreciation of the influence that the arts have on society and cultures. It should also assist in the development and improvement of a students’ problem-solving abilities, critical thinking skills, and necessary “habits of the mind” while demonstrating frequent and powerful interdisciplinary connections.


Standard 1: Creativity.

 Learners understand that the creative process is used to plan, organize, and problem solve.

Standard 2: Elements of Art and Principles of Design.

 Learners understand and demonstrate that the language of art can be used in the creation of art.

Standard 3: Media, Techniques, and Craftsmanship. 

Learners understand the need to develop skills and craftsmanship to create works of art with materials, tools, and techniques.

Standard 4: Connection and Communication (trans-disciplinary). 

Learners understand and create art with relation to historical, cultural and social contexts.

Standard 5: Historical and Cultural Contexts. 

Learners understand that art has influenced and defined history and culture.

Standard 6: Critiquing (trans-disciplinary). 

Learners understand that the language of art is used to describe, interpret and evaluate artworks


Music at AISJ fosters an environment of supported, positive risk-taking. Students experience the value of quality commitment and can discover the power of imagination through the study of music (choral, instrumental, and general). Music enables its participants to express themselves within both an individual and group context as they learn to bring order and discipline to their technical skills.

Positive group interactions in a non-competitive environment will allow each student to progress through the performance and preparation experience. Increased emphasis is placed on individuality, creation, interpretation, and expression while developing the ‘whole’ person.

We believe that active music making during the early years will allow for students to grow holistically and experience personal growth and development. Music contributes to self-expression through music creation and emotional affirmation through music appreciation. Therefore, a balanced music program draws from the musical aesthetics of various cultures. Playing a musical instrument and participating in musical activities, fosters intellectual creativity and promotes curiosity. The study of music teaches responsibility, teamwork, mental discipline, creative problem solving, listening skills and flexible ways of thinking. Above all else, we believe our music program should foster a lifelong love for music, and through performing and musical experiences, students will gain confidence that will nurture their love for music now and in the years to come.


Standard 1: 

Learners will sing and play on instruments, alone, or with others, a varied repertoire of music

Standard 2: 

Learners will demonstrate the ability to read and notate music

Standard 3: 

Learners will respond to music by listening, analyzing and describing

Standard 4: 

Learners will create music within specified guidelines