At Heritage Xperiential Learning School, art thrives in its visual and performing forms, encompassing a diverse range of activities and modes of expression. We believe in providing students with an art education that gives them an opportunity to understand their legacy and combine it with a vision of the future. In addition to helping students nurture a passion for specific arts and crafts, we inculcate aesthetic appreciation and creativity within them resulting in a refinement of the senses and a desire to conserve one's heritage and environment. More importantly, the Arts curriculum is designed so as to integrate with other subjects in addition to the development of artistic skills and life skills (such as empathy, problem solving, decision making, etc.).
The Heritage Visual Arts programme is unique for its depth and richness in terms of the disciplines that are included such as painting, sculpture, pottery, paper recycling and re-using, fashion designing, crafts and commercial art. Students are not merely exposed to different forms of art ranging from folk to contemporary along with their cultural and historical significance but also able to demonstrate their skills in or aptitude for a variety of tools, techniques and materials. While in the Junior Programme they experience the sheer joy of handling colour and paper or other materials, from the Middle Programme on they become active participants in activities related to the visual arts such as the organisation of events like Kala Parv, our annual art festival.
This helps them gain practical knowledge of management, procurement and organisation as well as skills such as problem-solving or public presentation that dovetail into other subjects. Kala Parv is especially designed to develop aesthetic and life skills and to assess students on them. The week-long Art Fest, in its 11th edition in 2015, showcases all forms of visual and performing arts giving students, teachers and parents an opportunity to associate with the arts.
Our Performing Arts programme is equally vibrant. We believe that theatre is a powerful educational tool that helps children develop skills such as creativity, problem solving, communication and critical thinking. These skills are essential for success at every level: in the classroom, at the workplace, in life.
Our very own theatre group, Aakutam, is an initiative to bring together students, teachers and parents to develop and promote meaningful, reflective, educative and entertaining theatre. Dance is also a joyous expression of the children’s creative instincts. All forms of dance are explored and understood – from folk to traditional such as Kathak and Bharatnatyam to contemporary and jazz. In this case too, learning during dance classes is synchronised with learning in other subjects.
Another important area where art thrives is the Work Experience programme which offers students a range of options. It encompasses almost all forms of performing and visual arts ranging from painting, sculpture, theatre, music, photography and filmmaking.This love of music has found expression in WIRED, an annual inter-school competition being organised since 2014 by student clubs and the Student Council.
In the first year, over 100 students from 20 schools participated with bands playing anything from grunge to pure rock.