Arts Programme


Our Arts Programmes provide a foundation for imagination and encourage students to take risks in their creative expressions and artistic endeavours. Visitors to the ISZL art studios, music rooms and theatres will find students whose personal investment in pursuing a mastery of skill is evident in the purposeful atmosphere sustained in these classes. They will find teachers and students passionately engaged with music, drama and the visual arts, bound by their love of practice in these disciplines. Not that any creative journey is easy. Learning in the Arts often takes place outside of an individual’s comfort zone and challenge, risk taking and occasional frustrations are guaranteed alongside the joy and wonder of creating new works.

The creative accomplishments of ISZL students are both visibly grand and subtle. The obvious public achievements – a beautifully played piano sonata at an International Baccalaureate concert, a dramatic moment in the theatre that grips the audience or one of the many student art exhibitions – are indicative of our programmes’ success. Yet it can be easy to miss the individual breakthroughs students achieve each day as they develop creative skills and deepen their understanding of and personal connection with the world at large.

Our students are developing into cultured 21st century citizens. An education in the Arts helps students learn to identify, appreciate and participate in the traditional art forms of their own communities. As students imagine, create and reflect they are developing both the verbal and the non-verbal abilities necessary for school progress. Students of the arts learn to respect others’ (often very different) ways of thinking, working and expressing themselves and to communicate their thoughts and feelings in a variety of modes, giving them a vastly more powerful repertoire of self-expression.

The disciplines of visual arts, drama and music provide a medium through which students can explore, understand and develop their creative abilities. Learning how to express themselves through the elements of movement, sound, image and word, students develop their skills in performance, communication and collaborative works.

We build confidence in students to perform beginning with the youngest students at ISZL. From show-and-tell sessions and assemblies in lower grades, to reinforcing important concepts in grade level performances, concerts and musicals to their peers and parents, ISZL incorporates the Arts early in our students’ learning experience.

Latest News & Stories

A Choir Trip to Beijing
By Ann-Sophie H, Grade 11 Student

Earlier this month 2 ISZL students travelled to China to take part in the AMIS High School Honor Choir Festival. Having been selected from thousands of applicants, the girls joined singers from around the world for 3 days of music culminating in a gala concert at the International School of Beijing. To read more please click the title. 

Our Zug Voices Light Up the Singing Christmas Tree!
Jennie Watteaux, Social Media & News Coordinator

In what is becoming an ISZL tradition, this week our Zug Voices choir performed a selection of festive songs on the famous Zurich Singing Christmas Tree. Performing to a packed audience, the Primary School singers put on a magical show - congratulations everyone!

A Celebration of the Arts
By Ole Wasner, Director of Arts

I am very happy to share with you just some of the many enjoyable moments that were to be had at this year’s ISZL Arts Week on the Riverside Campus. It has been a celebration of our students’ (and staff’s) skills in and dedication to the Arts, as well as a shining example of meaningful cross-campus collaboration. Please click on the title to read more. 

Materials and Methods in the Visual Arts
By Karen Richardson, Primary Arts Team Leader

Within the Primary Visual Arts curriculum students are introduced to a wide variety of materials and new methods. Students are given the opportunity to experiment with different media whilst they learn and develop new skills of application along the way. You can read about recent projects including fabric printing and plaster carving by clicking the title.

Music in the Mountains
By Kate Olsson, Woodwind Teacher & Instrumental Music Team Leader

Over the autumn three instrumental music retreats took place at ISZL's chalet in Wengen, involving musicians from Primary to High School. These special weekends give students the opportunity to rehearse in the beauty of the Swiss Alps in preparation for performances during Arts Week and next week's Seasonal Evening. To find out more, please click the title.

ISZL Singers Join the AMIS Choir Festival in Brussels
By David Smith, Flute Teacher & Director of ISZL Zug Campus Choir

After a short but intensive month of learning the challenging music, six boys departed for the International School of Brussels in Belgium to take part in the AMIS Middle School Boys’ Honor Choir Festival in early October. The boys joined 62 others from 12 schools around Europe to form a wonderful and unique choir. Please click on the title to read more.

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