The Visual Arts deepens our understanding of ourselves as well as our understanding of the world we live in. It helps us define where we came from, who we are and what we want to become.
Art encourage students as individuals while simultaneously creating a sense of community. Students will learn what their responsibility is as a member of the local and global community through a variety of individual and collaborative art projects, all of which are open-ended and unconstrained by right and wrong answers. Students will be introduced to the elements and principles of design through two-dimensional and three dimensional works.
The process of creating in and out of the classroom includes experiences through new ideas, concepts, skills, media, and processes that are introduced and revisited many times throughout a student’s artistic journey. Students will gain a deepened understanding of art through observation, history, conversation, and of course physical manipulation of different artistic mediums. The art curriculum is often influenced and woven into the classroom curriculum which offers a holistic understanding of the content and will build students confidence in themselves as life-long learners.
The music program at Vernon focuses on providing students an opportunity to let their creativity and talent flourish while exploring the social and cultural values within their own community as well as those of other cultures. Not only do students express themselves through singing, dancing, and performing, but also, through practice, playing, and learning how to care for a variety of both rhythmic and melodic instruments. In celebrating music from around the world, and within our community, students are able to experience the musical variations and similarities between different cultures as a means to understanding our diverse and changing world.
As IB learners, we reflect on the history of music and how it has impacted the world around us. We discuss the use of music as a form of communication and global language. We listen to music through a variety of perspectives. Our overall concern is to provide an environment where students feel motivated to learn and to develop their potential as artists and as contributing members of a global community.
Vernon IB School – Music Teacher
Above: Kindergarten performs at Bagels with Ben and Brad in spring of the 2015/16 school year.
Below: The Vernon Choir performs at Pioneer Courthouse Square in December of 2015.
Vernon's PE teaching team is Rich Nguyen and Pat ("Bubba") Hergert.