Thanks to the visual journal, which is used in grades 1 to 13 and is enshrined in the curriculum, the subject of art plays a distinct role at all grade levels at our school. The visual journal encourages a continuous interdisciplinary approach to teaching skills that spans not only the area of applied art but also the linguistic-reflective field and the field of aesthetic investigation. In the visual journal, students document and reflect on artistic learning processes both at the illustrative and the verbal level, as well as analysing and evaluating their results in the respective cultural context.

From grade 1 to 10, the curriculum therefore comprises two art lessons per week. Basic and elective courses are offered in the orientation year (year 11), basic and advanced courses in upper secondary and standard and higher levels in the IB Visual Arts. Early artistic-aesthetic inspiration is offered in the context of the workshop/art club starting in grade 5 and in the elective art course starting in grade 9. An excellency programme has been established to support particularly talented students. Our Open Art Studio, which is mostly attended by upper secondary students who benefit from these extra five hours of creative work, takes place on six to eight weekends a year. Regular excursions to off-campus locations broaden the students’ horizon and offer opportunities for productive interaction with museums’ educational services and exercises in art reception, with students producing material on aesthetic research and doing practical work onsite as well as acting as live speakers at exhibitions. In grades 9 and 10, students get together in pairs to plan, fine-tune and deliver a double lesson of art to a primary school class. Upper secondary students also take on the role of visual journalists, representing NMS at other regional schools to implement the format of aesthetic research through the medium of the visual journal.

With art acting as a universal language beyond all linguistic barriers, applied art plays a superior role at Nelson Mandela School. Painting, drawing, sculpting and digital work in various social forms promotes the swift integration of all students, while the student-friendly design of the art rooms and the open door concept both encourage independent, self-organised work.

The art department maintains various cooperative relationships – for instance a cultural affiliation with the Bauhaus Archive, close cooperation with AEDES (architectural forum), continuous projects in conjunction with the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf school of art for young people (all grades), or intercultural lectures by artists such as Andrea Scrima, Deenesh Ghyzhy, Jim Avignon, etc. On top of this, regular training of art students on work placement takes place in cooperation with the art education programme of the UdK.

The art department has been headed by Florentine Baumann since 2009.

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