Art

Completion of 1 credit of Art fulfills the Fine Art requirement for graduation. All art courses are Regents level courses except where otherwise indicated as honors.

New York State Standards

  • Students will make works of art that explore different kinds of subject matter, topics, themes, and metaphors.
  • Students will know and use a variety of visual arts materials, techniques, and processes.
  • Students will reflect on, interpret, and evaluate works of art, using the language of art criticism.
  • Students will explore art and artifacts from various historical periods and world cultures to discover the role that art plays in the lives of people.

Course Offerings

STUDIO IN ART

1 Credit – Full Year Course

The goal of this foundations course is to instill an appreciation of the arts by improving students’ understanding of how art fits in the real world and throughout the history of art. This prerequisite class is an academic survey of a range of materials, techniques and styles used in art production and fulfills NYS graduation credit requirements for participation in the arts.

DRAWING AND PAINTING

1 Credit – Full Year Course
Prerequisite: Studio in Art

This course is offered to students in grades 10-12, who have met prerequisite for advanced art electives. Students enrolled in Drawing and Painting will be exposed to both wet and dry drawing media, as well as various painting media. Project based learning will increase students practical skills, with a focus on drawing from life, employing art elements and design principles, as well as, the development of personal aesthetics. Students will be expected to maintain a sketchbook, perform research, present brainstorm sketches, and participate in both personal and peer critiques. This course is best suited for students who wish to improve their drawing and expressive skills through practice and reflection.

CERAMICS

1/2 Credit – Half Year Course
Prerequisite: Studio in Art

This course is offered to students in grades 10-12, who have met the prerequisite for advanced art electives. Introduction to ceramics is a course in which students will examine the unique qualities of clay in the pursuit of creating three-dimensional works of art. The aim is to satisfy the urge for creative activity and to gain an appreciation for creative and functional design. Intro to ceramics will concentrate on the function, form, and cultural contributions of pottery making through basic hand construction, methods of pinching, coiling and slab. Students will also learn to use the potter’s wheel and become skilled in the use of ceramic colors and glazes.

SCULPTURE

1/2 Credit – Half Year Course
Prerequisite: Studio in Art

This course is offered to students in grades 10-12, who have met the prerequisite for advanced art electives. Sculpture is an intermediate course for students who enjoy working with clay, plaster, wood, wire, and mixed media. The course concentrates on developing technical skills and artistic appreciation of successful three-dimensional artwork using the elements of art and principles of design.

ADVERTISING DESIGN & GRAPHIC ARTS

1/2 Credits – Half Year Courses
Prerequisite: Studio in Art and Drawing & Painting

This course is offered to students in grades 10-12, who have met prerequisite for advanced art electives. Enrolled students will work with techniques that are used by artists working in the field of advertising. Students will learn to design using text and graphics supported by templates and computer programs with media common in modern commercial applications. There will be chances to participate in poster and design contests. All projects created in this class can be used to enhance your major sequence art portfolio. This class is an introduction to many exciting careers in art.

ADVANCED ART

1 Credit – Full Year Course
Prerequisite:  3 Credits in Art

This course is offered to students in grades 10-12 who have met the prerequisite for advanced art electives. Enrolled students will be exposed to and develop skills with several different media, both 2-D and 3-D. The curriculum is designed with a focus on exploration of contemporary visual art, artists, and art trends. Project based learning will require students to think critically and problem solve, given a set of loose criteria. Project outcomes are expected to vary based on individual aesthetics and thought processes. Students will be expected to maintain a personal sketchbook, perform research, present brainstorm sketches, craft artist statements for each project, and participate in both personal and peer critiques.

HONORS ADVANCED DRAWING

1 Unit – Full Year Course
College Credit:  University in the High School
Prerequisite:  3 Credits in Art

This course is offered to students in grades 10-12, who have met the prerequisite for advanced art electives. Enrolled students will concentrate on the development of technical and creative skills necessary to make drawings as expressive visual language. Topics will include visual composition, line, value, gesture, volume and linear perspective. You may choose to participate in the “College in the High School” program through Fulton Montgomery Community College and receive 3 college credits for this course. All projects created in this class can be used to enhance your major sequence art portfolio. This class is best suited for serious students with a high level of interest in the arts.

WEARABLE ART DESIGNS AND MERCHANDISING

1/2 Credit – Half Year Course
Prerequisite:  Studio in Art and Drawing & Painting or Teacher approval

Students will work with techniques that are used by artists working in the field of fashion. Students will learn to design figures and garments by hand. There will be chances to produce textiles and wearable art, such as footwear, jewelry and tee-shirts. Students will also work at conceptualizing advertising campaigns and the methods for the visual display of garments in a real world setting. All projects created in this class can be used to enhance the student’s major sequence art portfolio. This class is an introduction to many exciting careers in the fashion industry.

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