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Fine Arts

Creativity is an essential component of the American International School education. From K – 12, every child gets the opportunity to express and develop their imagination and creativity through our academic and co-curricular programs. Incorporating both studio practice and theory, our art program is designed in a way that every child is challenged to develop a critical self-awareness about their work and to better understand the aesthetic, social and intellectual contexts that inform artmaking in today's globalized world.

At AIS, we believe that children have the freedom to be imaginative and expressive. Throughout the academic year, students are given opportunities to participate in national and international art competitions as a way of building their self-confidence as artists and solving problems using their creativity and the skills acquired. One yearly contest in which we routinely participate is the Toyota Dream Car Contest. This is a global contest that creates a unique platform for our students to discover the joy of creating and solving problems using their minds and hands.

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Antoinette Agyabaah

Elementary Art Teacher.


Joana Sarbah

MS/HS Art Teacher.

Fine Arts at Elementary

Every child at the elementary school gets the opportunity to develop their sensory skills by practicing how art materials and tools are used properly to draw and paint. They learn about the foundations of drawing and the use of elements of art. Students also improve their dexterity by working with both hands and mind through 3D projects and artworks. Students visit the art room twice weekly for 30 minutes of art activities. As part of lower elementary art experience, children learn very basic drawing skills as they become familiar with the art room and its tools. In the Upper elementary students create their own masterpieces using the elements of art. They study various artists, art styles and cultures from around the world.

Fine Arts at Middle School

At the middle school level, students build up on their previous knowledge on their element of design and principles of art. They begin to create abstract designs based on themes and global trends. They create visual art in both 3D and 2D forms to address societal and global needs. They study and practice the various art movements to help students fashion out their own artistic traits and predisposition.

Fine Arts at High School

At the high school level, students get the option to choose from a wide range of programs. From 2D design class, 3D design class, Drawing and Art History. All these options come together with a carefully planned art curriculum that offers instruction in a wide range of media, including installation, painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. The curriculum relies on a flexible structure of individualized instruction and mentoring to emphasize the articulation of ideas, the development of working methodologies and the realization of independent studio work. Students participate in an annual exhibition at the end of every year to showcase their work.

AP Studio Art

The courses are yearlong and designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of an introductory college course in studio art foundation. Each course enables students to develop a body of work investigating a strong underlying visual idea in Drawing, 2-D Design, or 3-D Design that grows out of a coherent plan of action or investigation (i.e., a “concentration”). Students should be aware that these classes require advanced artistic technical knowledge and skills. There should be a commitment to rigorous completion of quality artwork inside and outside of class. Students will explore areas of personal quality within the artwork. They will determine and explore an area of concentration focusing on a personal visual interest or problem. The students will be expected to demonstrate a proficiency in formal, technical, and expressive means within the artwork. They will expand vocabulary and writing skills, while applying analytical skills. The classes will require maintaining an art notebook. In addition, the students will complete a body of work for the required AP Portfolio. Students will submit a portfolio to the College Board that demonstrates mastery of the skills and concepts in the area of concentration.

AP Art History

This yearlong course exposes students to a comprehensive study of the history of art. The course includes study of architecture, painting, sculpture, and other art forms, within cultural and historical contexts. Students will examine the major forms of artistic expression in the past and present, including our own and that of other cultures. Students will learn to express opinions, conduct research, and to compare and contrast styles verbally and in writing. This course receives advanced weighted credit, if the student sits for the corresponding College Board exam.

Performing Arts

The field of performing arts is a blanket term for all forms of performance, including dance, theater, and music. Studies include academic pursuits, such as histories and theories, as well as a variety of performance styles. Students will be given the opportunity to learn various instruments while advancing in their music theory and history course.

As part of our online performing arts program, we will learn to use our technology to advance our learning and presenting different types of school productions. 

AIS Staff-2

Osbert Kaitoo

MS/HS Music Teacher.


Ernest Asare

Elementary Music Teacher.