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The DIS Arts department is committed to enriching the school experience for all members of the DIS community. They recognize that the arts provide an important outlet of expression that allows each student to shine. By working closely with the other departments, the Arts department offers an integrated arts experience.


DIS offers classroom instruction from CM2 (5th grade) through 12th grade.

Studio projects in CM2 through middle school are designed to support the understanding of the various movements in Art History.
Students become adept in the use of various art tools, and feel comfortable experimenting and creating with different techniques.

Students in the more advanced levels (IB and HS Elective) begin to investigate past, present and emerging forms of visual arts and engage in producing, appreciating and evaluating these.
Develop an understanding of visual arts from a local, national and international perspective.
Build confidence in responding visually and creatively to personal and cultural experiences.
Develop skills in, and sensitive to, the creation of works that reflect active and individual involvement.

Elective courses are offered to middle and high school students interested in exploring the visual arts in more depth and breadth. All students are able to access these courses whether they are beginning art students or they are building and preparing for a college career in the arts.


At DIS we recognize that Music is the universal language!
Offer pre-k through 9th grade classroom instruction.

Churchill campus
Students explore music through singing, dancing, and percussion.
Plans for an interactive Sound Lab.
Students will get to watch great performances of musicians in operas, ballets, and concert videos.
Students will get to meet real musicians in the DFW metroplex through guest artists

GOAL: Students leave the Churchill campus excited and inspired by making and listening to music.

Waterview campus
Students draw connections from music history to the music they listen to today.
Begin to learn practical written and aural music theory.
In depth study the music of specific cultures or historical periods.
Begin theoretical discussions about what makes music “good” or “bad”.
Learn applied music skills through Guitar lab.

GOAL: Students graduate with a deeper understanding of their own musical preferences. Additionally, students feel confident to continue exploring the realm of music either professionally or personally.