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Art education encourages personal fulfillment through art experiences, transmits an appreciation of the artistic heritage and develops an awareness of the role of art in society. Art programs help students respond to their immediate world and express themselves visually, learn that art is related to cultural endeavors of the past and present, and appreciate art as a way of encountering life.

0702 Studio Art A (½ Credit) 

This foundational statewide course focuses on the development of two-dimensional skills.  Through the use of the Principles of Design and Elements of Art, students will be using various drawing and painting materials to develop design skills over a 20 week experience. This course satisfies 1/2 the mandatory art/music requirement.  

Grades Taught:  9 – 12    
 

0703 Studio Art B (½ Credit) 

This foundational statewide course focuses on the development of three-dimensional skills.  Through the use of the Principles of Design and Elements of Art, students create sculptures using a variety of selected materials over a 20 week experience. This course satisfies 1/2 the mandatory art/music requirement.  

Grades Taught: 9 – 12 

 

0704 Creative Crafts A / Jewelry Making (½ Credit) 

This half year course is for students who have an interest in three-dimensional design and have a desire to learn a variety of jewelry making techniques.  The students will learn how to create wearable sculptures all while exploring skills: sawing, filing, riveting, piercing, buffing and surface design.  Areas explored in this course: metal and plastic fabrication, polymer clay (sculpey and fimo), cloisonné enameling and fused glass jewelry.  The historical and cultural origins of each form of jewelry will be discussed.  

Grades Taught: 10 – 12 

 

0705 Creative Crafts B / Glass & Fiber (½ Credit) 

This half year elective course is designed to give direct practical experience in the design and fabrication of two major areas of study: glass and fiber. Original stained and fused glass creations including panels, boxes or free forms in colored glass are designed and executed using copper foil technique.  Traditional fabric designs are explored and painted on Chinese silk to create wall hangings and scarves.  The historical and cultural origins of each craft will be explored and discussed. 

Grades Taught: 10 – 12 

 

0706 Studio Pottery I (½ Credit) 

This hands-on course will cover all phases of working with clay. Students will create various projects using the basic construction techniques of pinch pot, slab and coiling and modular construction. Pieces will be glazed using a variety of different glazing techniques. Basic surface decoration techniques will also be covered. 

Grades Taught: 10 - 12 

 

0707 Studio Pottery II (½ Credit) 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pottery I. 

Advanced pottery and glazing techniques will be explored. In addition to throwing on a potter’s wheel, students will focus on developing their own personal style. Alternative firing techniques such as Raku will be explored, as well as learning how to texturize using a variety of different tools utilized at different times during the drying process. Projects may include a tea pot, clock, lidded container, and sculptural pieces. Working with colored clay bodies, inlaying colored clay, and advanced glazing techniques will be covered. 

Grades Taught: 10 - 12 

 

0701 Studio Sculpture (½ Credit) 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Studio Art B. 

This half year course allows students to experience three-dimensional art in greater depth. This course builds upon techniques and tools utilized in Studio Art B.  Some projects include mosaic sculpture, soapstone carving and mobile making.  Students will also develop a knowledge of pivotal sculptors throughout history.

Grades Taught: 10 - 12 

 

0709 Studio Drawing & Painting I (1 Credit) 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Studio Art A or one music credit or one Design Drawing and Production (DDP) credit, which fulfills the New York State graduation requirement.

Drawing and Painting I continues to refine students drawing techniques while developing their personal style and creativity.  Examples of topics covered include observational drawing from still life and original photographs, composition, 2D design, lighting, rendering 3D objects, value shading, perspective, illustration, and imagination drawing and painting.  Drawing mediums such as graphite, charcoal, and pen and ink oil and chalk pastel will be explored in greater depth.  Painting mediums such as watercolor and acrylic paints will also be explored.  Strong emphasis is placed on an understanding and application of the elements of art and the principles of design.  Projects include class work and home assignments.  Students are expected to participate in reflective class critiques and meet all due dates.  Students will work with their instructor to prepare work for display, write artists statements and develop a portfolio. 

Grades Taught: 10 – 12 

 

0710 Studio Drawing & Painting II (1 Credit) 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Drawing & Painting I. 

This course explores advanced skills and techniques in materials including but not limited to graphite, charcoal, chalk, pastel, oil pastel, acrylic paint, and printmaking. Focus will be on perspective, highlights, shadows, and development of personal expression. Additionally, art history, art criticism and portraiture will be studied.  The work completed in this class will be included in student portfolios.  Requirements: Art sketch pad and attend a field trip to a major art show. 

Grades Taught: 11 - 12

 

0700 Advertising Art (1/2 Credit) 

In this course students will be introduced to the world of advertising. Students will learn about the psychology behind what influences a consumer's thought process based on the design aspect of the advertisement. Students will work with Photoshop and PowerPoint to learn how to manipulate images on the computer and create ads for print. Through a variety of project assignments such as creating a corporate logo, designing posters, environmental graphics, product ads, and TV commercials to name just a few, students will learn how to influence a consumer's decision through design. This will allow students to create effective and successful means of visual communication. Students will be exposed to a wide array of advertisements that range from past to present, as well as taking a look behind the psychology of successful advertisements. 

 

0713 Studio Fashion Illustration (½ Credit) 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Studio Art A. 

This two-dimensional drawing course will introduce a variety of illustration techniques via the use of several drawing media. Students will be challenged with problem solving in figure drawing and clothing composition as well as the aesthetic principles and skills involved in fashion illustration. Completion of both illustrations and original fashion designs in each medium, portfolio development, and mastery of the fashion figure through weekly drawing assignments. 

Grades Taught: 10 - 12 

 

0719 Multi-Cultural Folk Art (½ Credit) 

Students will explore cultures around the world as they create art forms that are indigenous to specific cultures. This hands-on class will feature such projects as South and Central American Ocarinas, Native American Dream Catchers, Russian Matrushkas, Japanese Shibori, Ukrainian Pysanky, to name a few. A wide variety of techniques and materials will be used as we recreate folk-art as authentically as possible. This is a one semester course.

Grades Taught: 10 - 12 

 

0714 Photography I (½ Credit)

A beginner course in which the student will learn basic camera handling techniques, exposure and development of film, lighting, enlarging and printing. A brief history of photography will also be covered. Emphasis will be placed on developing an aesthetic awareness in the student by having them produce a portfolio of prints. Students must supply their own 35 mm camera. 

Grades Taught: 10 - 12 

 

0715 Photography II (½ Credit) 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Photography I. 

This is an advanced course in photography. Continued emphasis will be placed on developing an aesthetic awareness in the student through challenging assignments in black and white photography. Topics to be covered will include advanced and experimental techniques in black & white photography. These topics may include Kodalith, portraiture, photo journalism, hand coloring, and print tinting. Students will also be introduced to digital photography and printing. Students must supply their own 35 mm and digital cameras and will submit a portfolio of work to be handed in at the end of each quarter. Students must supply their own jump-drive for stored work. 

Grades Taught: 10 - 12 

 

0716 Photography III (½ Credit) 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Photography I and II. 

This course is designed to be an advanced study in photography. Students will work in both traditional black and white and digital format. This course will provide a more intense study of previously learned techniques and students will be challenged to take their photographs to the "next level." Students must provide their own 35 mm and digital cameras and submit a body of work that represents the advanced level of the course. Students must supply their own jump-drive for stored work. 

Grades Taught: 11 - 12 

 

0717 Art Workshop (1 Credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Drawing and Painting I and II or concurrent enrollment in Drawing and Painting II. 

The advanced art elective is intended for those students who are seriously interested in the study of art.  This is a college preparation course designed for art majors.  Assignments will enhance and improve the students’ existing skill level.  Portfolios will be reviewed, assessed and prepared.  It is expected that each student will prepare a portfolio of work, which can be submitted for college entry.  The course will cover two-dimensional (or three-dimensional) drawing and design issues.  A variety of approaches to representation, abstraction, and expression will be incorporated into the coursework.  

Grade Taught: 12 

 

The following courses are adapted to provide for student needs and accommodations as specified in an Individual Education Plan (IEP)

Prerequisites: IEP Current Teacher Approval Department Chairperson/Supervisor Approval

 

0750 Studio Art A (½ Credit) 

This foundational statewide course focuses on the development of two-dimensional skills.  Through the use of the Principles of Design and Elements of Art, students will be using various drawing and painting materials to develop design skills over a 20 week experience. This course satisfies 1/2 the mandatory art/music requirement.   

Grades Taught:  9 - 12  

 

0751 Studio Art B (½ Credit) 

This foundational statewide course focuses on the development of three-dimensional skills.  Through the use of the Principles of Design and Elements of Art, students create sculptures using a variety of selected materials over a 20 week experience.  This course satisfies 1/2 the mandatory art/music requirement.  

Grades Taught: 9 - 12



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