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Arts Department

In an MYP school, all students take at least 50 hours of an Arts class.  At Sanford, we offer visual art, drama, choir, band, orchestra and choir as every other day classes that students take all year.  Student make their choice for an arts class for the next year in the spring or when they register at Sanford. 
Please click the links on the right to learn more about each of our Arts teachers.  

The aims of MYP Arts are to encourage and enable students to:

  • enjoy lifelong engagement with the arts
  • explore the arts across time, cultures and contexts
  • understand the relationship between art and its contexts
  • develop the skills necessary to create and to perform art
  • express ideas creatively
  • reflect on their own development as young artists
Assessment criteria

Each arts objective corresponds to one of four equally weighted assessment criteria. Each criterion has eight possible achievement levels (1–8), divided into four bands with unique descriptors that teachers use to make judgments about students’ work.

  • Criterion A: Investigating Through the study of art movements or genres and artworks/performances, students come to understand and appreciate the arts. They use their research skills to draw on a range of sources, and they develop information literacy skills to evaluate and select relevant information about the art movement or genre and artworks/performances. 2 About the IB: For over 50 years, the IB has built a reputation for high-quality, challenging programmes of education that develop internationally minded young people who are well prepared for the challenges of life in the 21st century and are able to contribute to creating a better, more peaceful world. 
  • Criterion B: Developing Students develop ideas through practical exploration, which provides the opportunity for active participation in the art form. Practical exploration requires students to acquire and develop skills/ techniques and to experiment with the art form. Students use both practical exploration and knowledge and understanding of art and artworks to purposefully inform artistic intentions and decisions.
  • Criterion C: Creating or performing The students’ command of skills and techniques is demonstrated through the creation or performance of a finalized artwork that is summatively assessed.
  • Criterion D: Evaluating Through reflecting on their work and on themselves, students become more aware of their own artistic development and the role that the arts play in their lives and in the world.

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