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Students Explore "Identity" and "Respect" at Boston Museum of Fine Arts

January 12, 2015

BISB middle school students explored the Boston Museum of Fine Arts last week, kicking off a new learning unit in the International Middle Years Curriculum. Read more about their learning in our latest blog post, written by Year 9 student Shumraze Fawad.

BOSTON- The only thing BISB Year 8 and 9 students could think of on their first day back from their winter break was: art, art, art!
As part of their International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) entry points, Years 8 and 9 visited the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and were required to find meaningful and societal links between identity, respect and art. 
Guided by experts at the museum, the pupils were lucky to view several different exhibitions at the museum, including those from the Egyptian and Aztec civilizations to the contemporary world. Throughout the tour, the pupils reflected on the impact art has made on different communities and societies and, focusing on specific civilizations, pupils discussed with their peers what art means to one’s individual identity and its role in shaping respect and tolerance.
A Year 9 pupil at BISB said, “Artists often explore the characteristics that create our personal and social identity. Artists also use it to express both individuality and patriotism. We learnt several things throughout the course of the day, and the experts also provided us with plenty to think about identity and art once we left.”
He continued, “Focus is respect for humankind and to promote understanding of how the arts can help build respect for different civilisations is important. This [entry point] was good for me and also other Year 8’s and 9’s because it let me think and develop my ideas even further.”
The International Middle Years Curriculum is a leading curriculum for pupils of ages 11-14 in international schools. It inspires and engages pupils, enriching their learning experience. The British International School of Boston offers this programme to its middle school pupils, as we feel it offers the ideal preparation for pupils before their high school career.