Colegio Maya - The American International School of Guatemala
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The Fine Arts Department at Colegio Maya is dedicated to the school’s vision of developing every students’ mind, body, and character through a solid foundation in visual art, music, and drama. At Colegio Maya we recognize the undeniable value these forms of expression have in the lives of children of all ages and support each student’s unique needs as they are guided through their personal learning journey in the arts.
The visual arts program at Colegio Maya is designed to empower students to trust in and cultivate their innate creativity. Students explore visual art and media in an academically challenging, safe, and fun environment. They are encouraged to consider their own biases and preconceptions and to push the boundaries of their own perceived limitations. They reach learning objectives and develop their creative and technical skills in a wide range of media including drawing, painting, digital art, and photography.
Students are encouraged to consider the power of art to inform opinion and shape culture, as well as how and why the choices they make in and out of the classroom matter. They raise vital questions, develop artistic discernment, and learn to communicate clearly and concisely. The resulting atmosphere is one of inquisitiveness, trust, and independence. Over time, students learn to engage in formal art critique and properly label and display their own artwork. Each semester culminates in a visual and performing arts showcase in which students from all grade levels can display their best work.
Learners leave our program prepared to study visual arts in higher education and knowing that art can uplift and change the world for the better. Come join us!
The music program at Colegio Maya is a fun and engaging program for students. They are given an opportunity to explore their creativity and develop instrumental and self-management skills. The program begins at the pre-kindergarten level and extends through 12th grade. Middle school and High school students are offered opportunities including exploratories in music, vocal performance and musical theater, and extracurricular band programs.
The theater program at Colegio Maya is designed for students to explore the craft of theater in all its areas and components, as well as learning how to collaborate and work together as a group. The business of theater is done by doing. Through games, research, discussions, acting exercises, productions, reflection and improvisation, students will explore and experience what it is like to put together a theatrical performance. The drama class will help students develop and reinforce 21st century skills, like creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking, leadership, and collaboration. Students will also learn and use theater vocabulary, dramatic elements, artistic perception, creative expression, aesthetic judgment and will be able to explore the importance of production and performance value. Students have opportunities to work both onstage and backstage, performing and producing for shows.
The drama department puts together musicals and plays after school that can be enjoyed by everyone in and outside the community.