Visual art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

As students progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and richness of the world.

During their visual art education at The British International School of New York, students develop lifelong traits such as creative thinking, risk-taking and confidence. Throughout history and across cultures, visual art tells stories, inspires movements, and impacts our understanding of the world. Incorporating art history into our units provides context and exposes our students to some of the most influential and meaningful artists across time. In the art studio we encourage students to find their unique voices, points of view and ways of working through various mediums such as painting, drawing, animation, collage and sculpture.

The Arts in Middle Years

In the Middle Years Program, students dive deeply into projects that explore concepts such as identity, abstraction and historical influence which challenge them to push their creative capacities beyond what is expected.

Teachers create projects and experiences that link with units of inquiry, to help students develop a deeper context to the content they are learning and an understanding of how the arts can be used as an avenue to communicate their opinions and knowledge of the world.

It must not be forgotten that the basic law of children’s creativity is that its value lies not in its results, not in the product of creation, but in the process itself. It is not important what children create, but that they do create, that they exercise and implement their creative imagination 


Take a sneak peek at BIS-NY Arts

We are exceptionally proud of our Arts department and the incredible cross curricular projects and productions they put on throughout the year. The BIS-NY Arts instagram account provides a sneak peek into life inside the BIS-NY Arts Department where you'll see snaps from rehearsals, music lessons, set design and art lessons.