HS Arts

Visual Arts

Grades 9 and 10

During the first two years of high school, students may select one of the Visual Arts electives.  Both year-long and semester-long electives are offered. In all art classes students experience the creative process behind projects that have a specific artistic intention, formed though research, analysis and development of skills. Apart from exploring with different techniques and media (such as relief printmaking, acrylic painting ceramic sculpture, and much more), the subject also has a theoretical and historical approach to the arts. Students learn methods of analysis and criticism to study particular historical art periods, movements and artists. 

The courses are organized in thematic units where students reflect upon the liaisons between art and expression, nature, protest, converging cultures, photography and more!

IB Visual Arts: Grades 10 and 11

Lincoln offers both Standard Level (SL) and High Level (HL) Visual Arts courses. 

The IB  Visual Arts course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media. The course is designed for students who want to go on to study visual arts in higher education as well as for those who are seeking lifelong enrichment through visual arts.


Grades 9 and 10: Multimedia Arts

During their high school years, students explore art through technology as they learn about photography, illustration, motion graphics and animation. During the first two years (grades 9 and 10), students start handling the Adobe Creative Cloud through project-based learning activities. 

Students immerse in digital art, typography and graphic design, as well as diving into stop motion animation and video editing techniques.

Grades 11 and 12: Multimedia Graphics 

As they move long, they gain knowledge about basic principles of art, design, and visual communication as they strengthen their skills with the software. 

During their last year at Lincoln, the centers around the exploration of the principles of visual communication emphasizing the use of imagery in mass media. Students learn advanced design and production methods in the fields of graphic design, 3D modeling, animation and video editing. They develop projects on branding, packaging design, and advertising. 

IB Film SL/HL Year 1/2

Film is a powerful and stimulating art form and practice.

The DP film course aims to develop students as proficient interpreters and makers of film texts. Through the study and analysis of film texts, and through practical exercises in film production, the film course develops students’ critical abilities and their appreciation of artistic, cultural, historical and global perspectives in film. Students examine film concepts, theories, practices and ideas from multiple perspectives, challenging their own viewpoints and biases in order to understand and value those of others.

DP film students experiment with film and multimedia technology, acquiring the skills and creative competencies required to successfully communicate through the language of the medium. They develop an artistic voice and learn how to express personal perspectives through film.

The film course emphasizes the importance of working collaboratively. It focuses on the international and intercultural dynamic that triggers and sustains contemporary film, while fostering in students an appreciation of the development of film across time, space and culture. DP film students are challenged to understand alternative views, to respect and appreciate the diverse cultures that exist within film, and to have open and critical minds.

DP film students require courage, passion and curiosity.

  • Courage—to experiment and create, to explore ideas through action and to harness imagination.

  • Passion—to communicate and to act communally, and to research and formulate ideas, communicating discoveries in a variety of forms.

  • Curiosity—about themselves and others and the world around them, and about the limitless possibilities of human expression through film.

At the core of the DP film course lies the need for creative exploration and innovation. Students are challenged to acquire and develop critical thinking, reflective analysis and the imaginative synthesis that is achieved through practical engagement in the art, craft and study of film." ( IB Film Guide, First Assessment 2023.)

Performing Arts


Grades 9 and 10

Introduction to Acting for the Stage and Screen

In this class we will explore the world of theater and film and begin developing a basic understanding of the performance and production concepts associated with each. We will focus on acting as a solo performer, acting in group ensembles, directing, scene work, and script analysis. We will learn through hands-on projects and our units will culminate with a summative assessment, usually performative in nature. Sample units include topics such as “Acting Across Genres,” “Screenwriting” and “Directing for Stage and Screen.” All classes are conducted in a safe, encouraging and supportive environment. No previous acting, theater or film experience required. This year long class is open to grades 9-10. Recommended prerequisite to IB Film.

Introduction to Film Appreciation

Ever wonder why certain movies and TV shows can have such a huge impact on our emotions and others don’t? In this class we will explore how directors, cinematographers, editors and sound mixers use specific techniques to create tension, emotion, atmosphere and meaning in the film industry. We will expand our film knowledge by examining and discussing a variety of world cinema and television genres across decades and cultures. We will test our own film making abilities by experimenting with our newly learned techniques. No previous film or editing experience required. This semester long class is open to grades 9-10. Recommended prerequisite to IB Film.


Band Level 1 and 2 

The High School Band is a music ensemble including a combination of rhythm section and traditional wind band instrumentation including flute, oboe, clarinet, sax, trumpet, trombone, french horn, baritone, tuba, percussion, and electric bass. 

Students in band create, connect, perform and respond to a wide variety of music from various genres of music.  Units on composing, music theory, and performance skills are integral. 

We work on our individual instrument skills to improve musicality.  We work as a group on our ensemble skills. In addition we contribute to the school community with our music performances.

As part of this course we will learn to use a basic music notation software program and use it to compose. Level 2 will take this composition to a higher level. 

Any student may sign up for Band though previous experience with an instrument and basic music reading is expected.

Guitar Level 1 and 2 

This course is for students with an interest in music and will teach beginning guitar and vocal skills.  From classical guitar ensembles to pop music. Students will learn the basics then branch out into individual or small groups to learn songs of their choice.  

We will play and sing a variety of music developing an appreciation for music and music performance. Informal performance experience will be part of the course.

We will also explore music notation software and do simple compositions. No experience necessary!