Art and Photography

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.

0400 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.

0401 PAINTING & DRAWING

40 Weeks,  1 credit, Grades 9-12, Prerequisite: 0400 or 0403

Painting & 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.

0403 STUDIO IN ART: Art & Culture

40 Weeks, 1/2 credit, Grades 9-12, Alternate days

This course 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, and another 1/2 unit art course such as Photography I, may be used to meet the Art/Music requirement.

0404 ADVANCED ART I

40 Weeks, 1 credit, Grades 10-12, Prerequisite: 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.

0409 ADVANCED ART II

40 Weeks, 1 credit, Grades 11-12, Prerequisite: 0404

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.

0406 ADVANCED PLACEMENT ART

40 Weeks, 1 credit, Grade 12, Prerequisite: Advanced Art I and II 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 earn AP credit in one of three categories: DRAWING PORTFOLIO, DESIGN PORTFOLIO, or SCULPTURE PORTFOLIO. The AP score 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 STUDIO IN SCULPTURE

40 Weeks, 1 credit, Grades 9-12, Prerequisite: 0400 or 0403

Studio in Sculpture introduces students to a wide variety of sculpting  techniques and materials. Students create figures, portraits, abstractions, assemblages and other types of sculpture using clay, plaster, stone, metal, wood, found objects and other materials. Artwork produced in this course may be selected for inclusion in a 3D Design, AP Portfolio for college credit.

0408 STUDIO IN CERAMICS

40 Weeks, 1 credit, Grades 9-12, Prerequisite: 0400 or 0403

Studio in Ceramics introduces students to ancient as well as contemporary hand building and wheel throwing techniques. Ceramic students create a wide variety of objects from utilitarian pottery to unique sculptures.  Artwork produced in this course may be selected for inclusion in a 3D Design, AP Portfolio for college credit.

0438 STUDIO IN ADVANCED CERAMICS

40 Weeks, 1 credit, Grades 9-12, Prerequisite: 0408 or permission from the ceramics teacher

Students will implement skills and knowledge gained in Studio in Ceramics to further explore their own perceptions and ideas in clay. Wheel throwing and hand building 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, 1/2 Credit, Grades 9-12, Alternate days

This is the same photography course listed below.

0431 STUDIO ART/PHOTOGRAPHY I

20 Weeks, 1/2 Credit, Grades 9-12

Photography I is a beginning photography course designed to introduce students to the digital single lens reflex camera, as well as digital imaging. This course includes an introduction to the camera body and lens  operation, shooting modes, white balance, memory cards, file formats, and editing techniques. Heavy emphasis is placed on lighting, composition, and creativity. Previous photography knowledge is not necessary. ACCESS TO  A DSLR IS RECOMMENDED. ACCESS TO A DIGITAL CAMERA IS REQUIRED.

0433  STUDIO ART/PHOTOGRAPHY II

20 Weeks,  1/2 Credit,  Grades 9-12, Prerequisite: 0430 or 0431 Photography I

This program allows students to expand their camera and digital imaging skills acquired during Photography I. Advanced instruction will include areas of artificial lighting, composition, and advanced post-processing techniques. Study topics will include the business of photography and its possible vocation aspects. ACCESS TO A DSLR IS REQUIRED.

0433 STUDIO ART/PHOTOGRAPHY II

20 Weeks, 1/2 Credit, Grades 9-12, Prerequisite: 0430 or 0431 Photography I

This program allows students to expand their camera and digital imaging  skills acquired during Photography I. Advanced instruction will include areas of artificial lighting, composition, and advanced post-processing techniques. Study topics will include the business of photography and its possible vocation aspects. ACCESS TO A DSLR IS REQUIRED.

0439 ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY IV/2D Design  AP

20 Weeks, 1/2 credit, Grades 10-12, Prerequisite: 0435

Students will embark on an exploration of various expressive devices contributing to the aesthetic interpretation of a photograph. Emphasis will be on fine art photography and design. The emergence of a personal direction in Photography III leads the student into a deeper investigation and development of his or her own visual voice through the creation of a portfolio. Seniors in this course are encouraged to complete the Advanced Placement 2-D Design Portfolio. ACCESS TO A DSLR IS REQUIRED.