Art, in its purest form, is what moves us, stimulating creative forces and freedom of aesthetic expression; a means of communication and interpretation, and a vehicle by which to constantly seek and explore new ideas, new visions and new realities. No other human undertaking allows us to feel so free and uninhibited, and that’s why children develop emotionally, creatively and cognitively when expressing themselves through art, dance and song.
Through painting and drawing our pupils discover a new world of artistic discovery and by exploring shape, texture and colour they find new and innovative ways of channelling their feelings and energy, creating their own personal and expressive works of art. Art helps to stimulate our pupils’ innate creativity and sensitivity, increasing their general levels of concentration and promoting confidence and self-esteem.
In line with the British curricular system, at Agora Portals International School we teach more hours of art than are usually offered within a conventional curriculum. Creative Arts subjects are taught in English by experienced and dedicated British teachers who are constantly nurturing and encouraging creativity. We are also proud of the fact that our school is the one of the few schools in Spain that includes Visual Arts in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, and that the Arts also form an important part of our extracurricular programme.
“Art is a key discipline at Agora International School. We teach student techniques using different materials, as well as motivate them to use their creativity, imagination and inventiveness to come up with original work. Students at secondary level work on art projects individually and sometimes in groups, learning from each other and enriching themselves further. We believe working on creativeness and imagination will help students, not only in their other subjects, but forever, in their futures.”
“Art class gives children an opportunity to explore, experiment and nurture the freedom to create. It is one of the building blocks of child development not only in non-verbal communication and inventiveness but in strengthening their decision-making skills, which in turn builds confidence. I believe it is important to give the children a chance to use a wide spectrum of tools and techniques so that they may explore. Children can appreciate and broaden their horizons by learning about the diversity of art history with such masters as Goya, Leonardo da Vinci, El Greco, Cézanne, Matisse, Miró and Picasso, to name a few. Art class enhances the learning environment and helps to produce children who are open-minded and innovative.”