The Arts

Today’s world of work is becoming increasingly visual and requires creative problem solving skills. Studio Art courses in two-dimensional and three-dimensional art and photography provide these important visual communication skills. Art courses also offer a crucial balance to a heavy academic schedule, encouraging personal growth and development of life long learning skills.

Art courses can be an essential element of a Regents diploma. At this time the one-credit art/music graduation requirement can be met by taking: Studio in Art Foundation or Studio in Art and Culture in combination with an introductory music course or another art course.

An Art course lays the foundation for a well-rounded education. An Art sequence can enhance academic skills and provide a strong portfolio of work, which is especially valuable in professions such as engineering, medicine, architecture and design in addition to fine art fields. Five units of art can be substituted for the three year LOTE requirement for the Advanced Regents Diploma

0401 Studio in Art: Foundations
40 weeks, 1 credit
Grades 9-12 

Art Foundations is a year-long introduction to the visual arts. It is taught in a studio atmosphere with emphasis on visual perception and experiences in a variety of art media. It is broadly based on the elements and principles of art, their use in our environment and their historical significance. This course is a prerequisite for an art sequence. This course is recommended to meet the art/music graduation requirement, and for students pursuing a college preparation program of study where a portfolio can enhance the academic record.

0400  Painting and Drawing
40 weeks, 1 credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: 0400 or 0403

Painting and drawing is a second-year art course that builds on the studio art experience. It expands knowledge and technique in the elements and principles of art. Drawing and painting, as well as graphics and other art forms, are explored. Working from the figure, still life, and landscape are integral to this process.

0402   Studio in Computer Graphics
20 weeks, 1/2 credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: 0401 or 0403

Students will be introduced to the field of graphic communication using powerful Macintosh computers and graphic design software programs, such as Adobe Photoshop CS and ImageReady, and Maya. Students will also master the fundamentals of web page design. Course emphasis will be on effective visual communication based on a thorough understanding of the elements and principles of design. Images will be created from students’ drawings and photographs. Advanced students may pursue special interest projects such as computer generated animation.

0403   Studio in Art: Art and Culture
40 weeks, 1/2 credit
Grades 9-12
Alternate days

This is a year-long introduction to the visual arts. It will meet on alternate days for a full year. Students will create artwork in a variety of media, inspired by a variety of art producing cultures. Student activities and projects will be designed to develop art-making skills and broaden student understanding and appreciation of the art of various cultures. This course may be taken to meet the art/music graduation requirement. This course, and another 1/2 unit art course such as Art History or Computer Graphics may be used to begin a sequence in art.

0404   Advanced Art
40 weeks, 1 credit
Grades 10-12
Prerequisites: 0400 or 0403 and 0401

This is a course designed for art students who have completed 0401 PAINTING AND DRAWING, and are interested in developing a deeper understanding and use of art media and technique. Students evaluate their basic strengths and weaknesses. They develop projects to strengthen their skills in order to develop a well-rounded portfolio and identify the role of art skills in expanding career fields.

0405   Survey of Art History
40 weeks, 1/2 credit
Grades 11-12
Alternate days

This is an art history course for both art students and students who appreciate art. It follows the development of art from prehistoric cave paintings to twentieth century contemporary art forms. The format includes discussions of style and meaning in art, through the use of interactive video laser technology. Also included are projects which result in greater understanding of technique in a variety of art media and student presentations. It involves learning about the contributions art has made to civilization and about the cyclical nature of art history. Students will work with specific interests, themes, and styles of art from the perspective of the artist, historian, and art critic.



0406   Advanced Placement Art
40 weeks, 1 credit
Grade 12
Prerequisite: Advanced Art and/or AP Art teacher approval 

This course is part of a national program by the College Board and is recognized by most colleges and art schools. It offers students the opportunity to gain three (3) hours of college credit or advanced standing in one of three categories: DRAWING PORTFOLIO, DESIGN PORTFOLIO, or SCULPTURE PORTFOLIO. The amount of college credit is based on the evaluation of the portfolio work sent to the College Board in May. Advanced Placement Art is organized on a seminar basis allowing motivated students the experience of college level work with guidelines covering: QUALITY, the development of a sense of excellence in art; CONCENTRATION, a commitment in depth to a particular artistic concern; and BREADTH, a variety of experiences in formal technical and expressive means of artistic expression.

0407   Sculpture
40 weeks, 1 credit
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: 0400 or 0403

This course is for those interested in sculpture as an art form. Students create sculptures and assemblages in wood, found objects, wire, clay, plaster and soapstone and a variety of other materials. Work created in this course may be selected for inclusion in the 3D design AP Art portfolio for college credit.

0408   Studio in Ceramics
40 weeks, 1 credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: 0400 or 0403

This course is designed for students who enjoy working with clay. The ceramics students will create a wide variety of objects from utilitarian, such as pottery, to unique expressive sculpture. Students will be introduced to ancient as well as contemporary hand building, wheel throwing and firing techniques. Field trips and visiting artists will supplement students’ knowledge of one of the world’s most universal creative activities. Advanced Art II

0409   Advanced Art II
40 weeks, 1 credit
Grade 11-12
Prerequisites: 0400 or 0403 and 0401

This course is designed for art majors who have completed ADVANCED ART I or have the recommendation of their 0401 teacher. It continues the development of student strengths in all art media and addresses any weak areas in the developing portfolio. Students at this level develop additional skills in art criticism, identify contemporary trends in art history, and begin work on a concentration in preparation for the Advanced Placement art course.

0438   Studio in Advanced Ceramics
40 weeks, 1 credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: 0400 or 0403

Students will implement skills and knowledge gained in Studio in Ceramics to further explore their own perceptions and ideas in clay. Wheel throwing and handbuilding of vessels and sculptures will be done primarily in a series of related pieces showing development of skills, forms and themes. Selected work made in this course may be included in the 3D Design AP Art portfolio for college credit.

0430   Studio Art/Photography I
40 weeks, 1 credit
Grades 9-12
Alternate days

Photography I is a beginning film course designed to let students study the traditional wet photographic processes. Areas covered include an introduction to adjustable cameras, light meters, and procedures and operations of the darkroom. This course also introduces the use of black and white film and presentation techniques such as spotting and mounting. Previous photography knowledge is not necessary. ACCESS TO A 35MM FILM CAMERA IS RECOMMENDED.

0431   Studio Art/Photography I
20 weeks, 1/2 credit
Grades 9-12

This is the same photography course listed above.

0433   Studio Art/ Photography II
20 weeks, 1/2 credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: 0430 or 0431 Photography I

Photography II is a continuation of Photography I. During the program, students further the skills acquired during the beginning course. Advanced instruction will include areas of artificial lighting, formal and informal portraits, and advanced darkroom techniques. Study will include the business of photography and its possible vocation aspects. This course includes introduction to some digital imaging. ACCESS TO A 35MM OR DIGITAL CAMERA IS RECOMMENDED.


0435  Advanced Photography III
20 weeks, 1/2 credit
Grades 10-12
Prerequisites: 0430 or 0431 and 0433

This is a course designed for art students who have completed Photography I and II and are interested in developing a deeper understanding of both film and digital photographic media and techniques. The students will be given projects and will develop projects that are aimed to strengthen their skills and develop their portfolio. Course emphasis is on the refinement of basic technical skills including both silver-based and digital photography and the development of a personal direction in photography for the students.

Advanced Photography IV
20 weeks, 1/2 credit
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: 0435 

This course is a continuation of both wet and dry photographic processes. Students will embark on an exploration of various expressive devices contributing to aesthetic interpretation of a photograph. Emphasis is on development of the student’s self-expression through the development of a portfolio.








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