Seoul Foreign School enjoys a long history of rich curricular and co-curricular performing and visual arts programs. Whether singing as a pre-school student in a Christmas concert, acting in a middle school play, or producing a gallery for IB Art as a high school senior, students of all ages have the opportunity to participate in creating works of art.
From simple concepts such as lines to complex three-dimensional sculptures, the visual Visual Arts program strives to not only develop each child's artistic skills, but their understanding of and appreciation for visual art. As students progress through each grade level, they experience working with a wide variety of art mediums such as wood, canvas, clay, plexiglass, silkscreen, linoblock, airbrushing, and more. In high school, students have the opportunity to explore both the worlds of digital and non-digital art, as well as enrolling in the IB Visual Arts course, the highest level of visual arts curriculum offered. Student work is on display during the majority of the school year, and several public galleries are put on for more advanced students to present larger groupings of work.
Likewise, the performing arts department is dedicated not only to developing performance skills but an appreciation for and understanding of music and drama performance. The Drama program produces five multi-performance productions each year involving over 400 students in the roles of actors, pit musicians, technicians, builders and stage crew. Those students interested in drama may enroll in coursework offered throughout the middle school and high school years. These courses build and culminate in the IB Theatre Arts course offered through the IB Diploma program. Additionally, high school students interested in technical production may apply to participate in Crusader Live, providing lighting, sound, staging and video production support for all arts events throughout the year.
The Music program provides numerous opportunities for students interested in vocal or instrumental music to perform and study. Music classes begin in pre-school and continue through the end of high school, culminating in the IB Music course offered through the IB Diploma program. Students in the middle and high schools are able to enroll in band, choir and orchestra ensemble courses, as well as take part in a wide variety of co-curricular music ensembles including a number of jazz bands, acapella choirs, electric strings, and other non-traditional groups. Across the school, the music department produces over 20 public performances during the school year.
Over 90% of all students at Seoul Foreign School are enrolled in or participate in performing arts programs throughout the year; and many choose to participate in multiple programs. SFS faculty and the parent community are also encouraged to partipate in the performing arts programs. Opportunities are available to get involved in drama productions through helping build and dress sets, props and costumes. The community music ensembles are also available for community members who sing or play an instrument.
As emphasis is placed on educating the whole child, Seoul Foreign School recognizes and is committed to the importance of the fine arts as a part of a holistic education. This commitment is evidenced by the employment of qualified fine arts faculty and staff, as well as the investment in exceptional, state-of-the-art teaching, rehearsal, performance, and studio spaces across campus.
We invite you to participate in and support the fine arts programs taking place throughout the year. Whether browsing our webpages, attending productions, browsing art galleries, or viewing photo and video content from previous events, we know you will be blessed by the amazing work of SFS students.
We look forward to seeing you!
-Fine Arts Department