One of the most important parts of Açı Pre-school curriculum is “creative arts”. The art activities in our program help children develop their imagination and learn how to express their feelings in this way. Another branch of creative art, “creative play and drama”, plays an important role in the child’s development of a positive self concept. During the games, they learn to provide leadership, to follow when needed and to wait his return. Also, children get an opportunity to show their feelings which they cannot yet put into words.
Our art program generally advances gradually according to each age group and is planned to support motor skills for each grade level and has a structure which aims at strengthening the art culture. The subjects taught in 1st and 2nd grades constitute the basis of 3rd and 4th grades. Topics such as sculpture, painting, ceramics, prints, murals, architecture, drawing people, still-life, portrait, self-portrait, cave paintings, puppets, origami, texture, light & shade, Venice masks, stained glass, abstract painting and graffiti take place in art lessons, in accordance with the characteristics of each age group. Apart from these techniques and knowledge about some Turkish artists, the students learn about various artists as follows: 1st grades: Jim Dine and Monet; 2nd grades: Edgar Degas, Georgia O’Keeffe, Wassily Kandinsky, Keith Haring; 3rd grades: Archimboldo, Seurat and 4th grades: Wassily Kandinsky, Klimt, Renoir, Modigliani and Rousseau.
At the same time, our students learn about exemplary art of different cultures and make relavant applications accordingly. Each year, 2 art excursions take place, including an art gallery and an art museum.
Secondary school art program aims at having individuals who include art in their daily lives both as audience and as practitioners. Although being an artist is not targeted, they would understand art, enjoy watching and joining art activities, as well as establishing habit of visiting art exhibitions. The basic knowledge and skills acquired in primary school art program now move to next level in secondary school. Secondary school art program’s general objectives can be listed as follows; to obtain information on the selected artists and art movements, to distinguish the differences between art movements, to learn design principles such as balance, contrast, harmony, rhythm, unity and proportion, to find the opportunity to use their imagination in various fields, to develop hand skills and creativity by using different techniques and materials.
Art and music programs in High School are offered via club activities and are planned according to students’ choices.