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Arts Program

Fine Arts

Fine Arts at GSIS focuses student learning on an aesthetic understanding and arts practice developed through the art forms of drama, music and visual arts, experienced individually or in combinations with others. Although these three forms may be used in interrelated ways, each has unique language, techniques and conventions. Students develop creative ways of expressing themselves and develop a critical appreciation of their own works and those of others. They use their senses, perceptions, feelings, values and knowledge to communicate through the arts.

Aesthetic understanding helps students to appreciate and critically respond to various arts experiences with enjoyment. Through their arts experiences, students come to understand broader questions about the values and attitudes held by individuals and communities. Arts practice involves the exploration and development of ideas and feelings through the use of a range of skills and knowledge of art techniques and processes. The arts provide a powerful means of expression and communication of life experiences and imagination. The arts contribute to the development of an understanding of the physical, emotional, intellectual, aesthetic, social, moral and spiritual dimensions of human experience. They also assist the expression and identity of individuals and groups through the recording and sharing of experiences and imagination.

In linking all units of study with the principles of IB Educational expectations Fine Arts at GSIS encompasses five key areas:

  • Arts and the Community
  • Arts and Communication
  • Arts and Values
  • Arts, Creativity and Satisfaction
  • Arts and Life Skills

Arts and the Community

The arts play an important role in the life of the community. While some works of the arts are presented in formal settings, such as galleries and theatres, the arts also permeate everyday life. Their influence is evident, for example, in the design of the clothes we wear, the buildings in which we live and work, and many of the objects we use every day. The arts are important for the expression of the life and culture of communities, and contribute to the transmission of values and ideas from generation to generation.

Arts and Communication

The arts are a major form of human communication and expression. Individuals and groups use them to explore, express and communicate ideas, feelings and experiences. Each arts form is a language in its own right, being a major way of symbolically knowing and communicating experience. Through the arts individuals and groups express, convey and invoke meaning. Like other language forms, arts languages have their own conventions, codes, practices and meaning structures. They also communicate cultural contexts. Students benefit from understanding and using these ways of knowing and expressing feelings and experiences.

Arts and Values

Artistic works can inform, teach, persuade and provoke thought. They can reproduce and reinforce existing ideas and values, challenge them, or offer new ways of thinking and feeling. They can confirm existing values and practices, and they can bring about change. As a result, the arts play an important role in shaping our understanding of ourselves as individuals and members of society and our understanding of the world in which we live.

Arts, Creativity and Satisfaction

The arts provide a major means of personal creativity, satisfaction and pleasure. They allow the opportunity for creative problem solving, self-expression and the use of the imagination in a range of different forms. The study of the arts can provide students with immediate satisfaction as well as providing the basis for lifelong enjoyment.

Arts and Life Skills

The Arts involves the development of students' skills across a wide range of human activities. Learning in the arts promotes the integration of skills from different areas of human potential, promoting 'multi-sensory; learning and the development of 'multiple intelligences'. The arts develop verbal and physical skills, logical and intuitive thinking, interpersonal skills and spatial, rhythmic, visual and kinesthetic awareness. They promote emotional intelligence, a way of understanding, using and making responses through the emotions and students' intrapersonal qualities and experiences. Through the arts, students learn to use and experiment with a range of traditional and emerging technologies.
 

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  • One of my best academic experiences here at GSIS was in my HL Biology class. My teacher has helped me discover a lot about the subject and has definitely prepared me for college. She also shared many academic writings in the field of bioengineering and medicine, and through them, I've been influenced to study medicine. » Samantha Kim, Alumna Class of 2015

  • GSIS has brought specialists and classroom teachers together to help educate the whole child. It's a partnership with the parents enabling our students to grow up to be confident, well balanced kids, who will courageously try new things. We collaborate with each other for the benefit of each individual child, so that kids will be comfortable to explore new ways, new ideas, and new technologies in this international world. Sharing God's love is a big part of why I'm here. Students are also nourished spiritually and get to see Christ's love in action. » Lynnie Vandermeer, Faculty

  • 졸업 후 GSIS에 다시 방문하니 학창시절에 친구들과 선생님들과 함께했던 하루하루의 추억이 되살아나네요. GSIS가 얼마나 좋은 곳이었는지를 대학교 입학 전까지는 정말 몰랐었어요. GSIS에 재학 중일 때에는 당연하게 여겼던 모든 것들이 대학생이 되어 그 시절을 되돌아보니 정말 감사한 일들이었네요. » 2011년도 졸업반 Tracy Kim

  • It is the outstanding community that has shaped me into who I am today : outstanding morals, principled rapport and a genuine love for learning have all imbued a sense of maturity within me. » Victor Jeong, Class of 2016

  • Through the IB curriculum, the well-rounded thematic approach to assignments that came with set rubrics and criteria, along with strict deadlines, really prompted and scaffolded my children to manage time wisely. I also greatly appreciated the teachers’ dedication in assisting my children to be successful. When my children first began international school, my children struggled with meeting deadlines and even understanding the assignments. However, the teachers always reached out and communicated rationales with thorough explanations behind such result. Through this process, I was able to see the step-by-step approach to learning instead of the obsession over grades. Such an approach in learning was the best fit for my children and for that, I am truly thankful. » Grace Kim, Parent

  • When I come back to GSIS, all the memories of the day to day interactions that I had with my friends and teachers come back to me. It wasn’t until I was in college that I realized how great the environment is here. It’s something that I took for granted while I was a student here but really appreciate now that I am in college. » Tracy Kim, Alumna Class of 2011

  • 저희 아이들은 IB 교육과정을 통해 명확한 지시문과 기준, 엄격한 마감 시간에 따른 주제별 접근방식의 과제를 수행하며 현명하게 시간을 관리하는 방법을 배울 수 있었습니다. 또한, 아이들의 성공을 위한 선생님들의 헌신에 깊이 감사드립니다. 저희 아이들이 외국인학교에 처음 입학하였을 때에는 과제를 이해하고 마감 시간을 맞추는 데 많은 어려움이 있었지만, 선생님들과의 지속적인 대화와 세부적인 설명을 통해 좋은 결과를 이룰 수 있었습니다. 이러한 과정을 통해 성적에 대한 강박 관념을 넘어 배움을 향한 단계별 접근 방식을 눈으로 확인할 수 있었습니다. 이러한 학습접근방식이야말로 아이들을 위한 최고의 교육방식일 것으로 생각하며 진심으로 감사드립니다. » 학부모 Grace Kim

  • GSIS에서 제가 가장 좋아했고 최고로 꼽는 수업은 HL 생물 수업이었습니다. 담당 선생님께서는 다양한 주제를 찾아낼 수 있도록 도와주셨고, 이는 제가 대학교 입시를 준비하는 데 많은 도움이 되었습니다. 담당 선생님께서 생명공학 및 의학 분야에서 다수의 학술 논문과 연구결과를 공유해주신 덕분에 저는 제 미래의 목표를 의학분야에서 찾게 되었습니다. » 2015학년도 졸업반 Samantha Kim

  • The teachers at GSIS are all very nice and it's easy to talk to them, which makes it fun. I like the clubs we have at this school too. Last fall I participated in the soccer program and played against other international schools at jamborees. GSIS에는 정말 좋은 선생님들만 계시고 저희와 재미있는 대화도 많이 나눠주세요. 학교에서 참여하는 클럽활동도 정말 좋아요. 지난 가을에는 방과 후 축구 프로그램에 참여하여 다른 외국인학교와 잼보리 경기도 했어요. » Lucas Lee, Grade 11

  • GSIS faculty and staff served as true role models through their words and actions which helped me shape a better perspective towards the world and to seek Christ in my life. 인생의 롤모델이신 GSIS 선생님들의 삶을 보면서 더 큰 세계관을 꿈꾸게 되었고, 제 삶의 주인이신 예수 그리스도를 바라보게 되었습니다. » Maim Cho, Alumnus Class of 2011

  • My daughter has attend GSIS since kindergarten and is currently in grade 6. The best part of GSIS is the teachers here take care of their students with a Christian spirit because of the mission of the school. GSIS also offers the IB program, a high quality international education program which is recognized by leading colleges & universities. I would love to see my daughter graduate GSIS! » Mina Sung, Parent

  • GSIS에서는 학급교사와 특수교사가 협력하여 전체 학생들을 교육하는 데 힘쓰고 있습니다. 학부모님과의 파트너십은 우리 학생들이 용감하게 새로운 도전을 시도하며 균형이 잡힌 아이들로 성장할 수 있도록 도와줍니다. 저희는 GSIS의 학생 개개인 모두 국제 사회에서 두려워하지 않고 새로운 길, 새로운 생각, 새로운 기술발달을 탐구할 수 있도록 협력하고 있습니다. 하나님의 사랑을 나누는 것도 제가 이곳에 있는 큰 이유 중 하나입니다. GSIS에서 학생들은 영적으로 양육되며, 실천하는 하나님의 사랑을 체험하게 됩니다. » 교사 Lynnie Vandermeer

  • 제 딸은 유치원부터 지금 다니고 있는 6학년까지 이곳 GSIS에서 교육을 받아왔습니다. GSIS의 가장 큰 장점은 미션스쿨이라 모든 선생님께서 기독교 정신으로 학생들을 돌봐주신다는 점입니다. GSIS는 우수한 기독교 학교이며, 또한 유수의 대학에서 인정받고 있는 국제적 학위 프로그램인 IB 프로그램을 제공하고 있습니다. 저희 딸이 GSIS를 졸업하는 모습을 보고 싶네요. » 학부모 Mina Sung

  • We get to learn with iPads and have fun! I love my teachers! 학교에서 아이패드로 수업하는데 엄청나게 재미있어요! 선생님들도 정말 좋아요! » Emily Minju Hong, Grade 6