HD Ningbo School

Primary Curriculum Highlights

Art and Design Thinking Curriculum

The Art/Design Thinking curriculum is being specifically tailored to HD students. Students are exposed to a tactile environment which develops their fine motor skills, encouraging procedural thinking to develop tangible results, and creating an environment which enables personal expression and interpretive ways of solving problems.


At the same time, the curriculum helps students develop their creativity, as well as the ability to communicate their understanding of the world around them. In learning to express themselves in visual ways, students will sharpen their powers of observation, imagination and invention.


Each project throughout the course of the year will incorporate one or more of the “Elements of Design” which include line, shape, color, texture and composition.  The students work with either electronic, mechanical or computer-generated art. Digital, mechanical and electrical art should be linked to a creative process. The students are presented with these elements in a fashion that allows them to view these medias as a creative outlet.


Design Thinking

Design Thinking is related to inquiry-based learning where the students learn problem-solving, decision-making, creativity, sketching and prototyping skills. During Design Thinking the designer's attention moves between their understanding of a problematic context and their ideas for a solution. Students will learn these values and how to incorporate meaning into either their design or their art works. They are asked to reflect both in terms of engineering and concept.