The Arts Teach a Number of Valuable Skills
Often the first skill people think of when they hear the word “art” is creativity. It is an incredibly important thing to foster and hone, as people apply creativity to just about every aspect of life— problem-solving, everyday writing, projects (business or otherwise), etc.
There’s no doubt that the teenage years can be difficult and tumultuous. Instead of rebelling in potentially harmful ways, teens introduced to various arts express themselves in a positive way through a creative outlet.
Painters will tell you that practice makes perfect. So will musicians, writers, actors, and just about any type of artist out there. To get better, one must be persistent in their craft. Students in band will practice just about every day—oftentimes before school, during, and after on their own. Learning to have this diligence early on will leave a lasting impression on the student, who can take their hard-earned diligence and apply it to other parts of their life.
Photographers must have a perfect sense of timing and might have to wait quite a while for the perfect shot. A flute player trying to master a difficult section of a piece will have to have patience with themselves if they make mistakes. In order to get better at any skill—artistic or otherwise—a lot of time and effort will have to be put into it. Nobody becomes a Michelangelo overnight.
Many different forms of fine arts require more than one participant. Band/Orchestra, choir, drama, and film are team efforts, and so students can learn the value of working with others and understanding their contribution to the bigger whole. Marching band, for example, requires students to master their placements—if one person is off, the entire picture is jeopardized. This emphasizes the importance of the individual within the larger organization. It’s a skill and mindset that will be vital down the road.
Clubs and Community Service
Students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular clubs and service groups, such as “Roots and Shoots” and “Helping Hands”. These clubs meet regularly outside of class time, usually during lunch, to plan activities and projects. AIS also plans an annual “Service Learning Week” to give students an opportunity to provide community service and outreach to people of other cultures and nationalities. Students who complete a number of hours of community service are eligible to receive a Certificate of Community Service. (Please see the school counselor for more specific details.)