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Related Arts

With the rise of the digital age the importance of being visually literate has become a crucial and marketable skill. Our visual arts department is committed to offering high level instruction in a variety of courses. Over four years, talented students may elect a five unit sequence in Visual Arts. They may take as many as four Molloy College classes with credits transferable to most colleges and universities. We also offer an Advanced Placement Studio Art Class in which students prepare a portfolio consisting of twenty-four finished works of art. Our art students are given many opportunities to exhibit their work in our community and in venues across Long Island and the State of New York.

General diploma requirements include one unit of Art or Music. Students may elect a five-unit sequence in Visual Arts.


Studio in Art
Prerequisite — None

This introductory course in fine arts is a prerequisite for most of the advanced courses in the arts. It includes the nature, function and techniques of the visual arts. Skills are developed in “ways of seeing,” drawing, design, painting, rules of perspective, as well as the basic principles of sculpture. The study of art movements throughout history, and cultural trends
in art are integral aspects of the curriculum. Critiques, portfolio development and self assessment are essential components of this class. Students will learn how to use benchmarks to document their progress in accordance with the New York State Visual Arts Standards. This course fulfills the one-unit Art or Music Regents diploma requirement.

Grades 9-12
1 Unit

Creative Crafts
Prerequisite — None
Students are introduced to the fundamentals of three-dimensional design through the construction of craft-based projects in various materials. Students learn to appreciate crafts from many cultures and gain technical knowledge through hands-on projects. This course is available to both art majors and non-art majors.

Grades 9-12
½ Unit

Cartooning

Prerequisite — None
This elective course guides students from the basic figure drawing skills needed for
character development through the technical knowledge and use of materials geared to cartooning. Students will be introduced to various types of cartoons — superheroes, political, gag, caricature, etc. Basic principles concerning a story line for single panel limited sequences through the comic book form and graphic novel will be presented.

This course does not fulfill the New York State Regents diploma requirement of a Unit in Art or Music.

Grades 9-12
½ Unit

Jewelry Making

Prerequisite — None

This elective course explores some of the processes, tools and materials involved in the design and construction of personal jewelry. Drawing skills and understanding of the basic principles of three-dimensional design will be covered. The student is encouraged to develop his/her powers of invention and imagination in design along with competence in the use of tools and processes. This course does not fulfill the New York State Regents diploma requirement of a Unit in Art or Music.

Grades 9-12
½ Unit

Interior Design

Prerequisite — None

This elective course will explore color and how color schemes play an important part in any interior space. Students will familiarize themselves with a variety of painting techniques which can help enhance rooms in private homes, public buildings and commercial establishments including offices, restaurants, hospitals, hotels and theaters. Students will develop a sense of design and use. A culminating project will be creating a hand-painted piece of furniture which applies many of the principles and skills learned in the class.

Grades 9-12
½ Unit

Ceramics

Prerequisite — Studio in Art
This course is for the student who is interested in working with clay. It covers a variety of construction methods such as the pinch pot, coil, slab, additive process, subtractive process and the pottery wheel. The properties of glazes, kiln and firing fundamentals and a study of contemporary and historical uses of clay are also investigated.

Grades 9-12
1 Unit

Advanced Ceramics

Prerequisite — Ceramics
This course is for highly motivated, advanced students. Students will be encouraged to explore their own creativity while working on challenging assignments in ceramics and clay sculpture. Professional studio management including firing and glazing is a vital aspect of this course. (Offered for College credit through Molloy College).

Grades 11-12
1 Unit

Sculpture

Prerequisite — Studio in Art (Will be offered in 2010-2011)

Students develop designs and create sculptures using plaster, wire, paper mache, wood, metal, plastic and other materials. Emphasis is placed on understanding the properties and limitations of materials essential to three-dimensional design.

Grades 10-12
1 Unit

Drawing

Prerequisite — Studio in Art

In this course emphasis is placed on developing drawing and design skills. Students study figure drawing, still-life, portraits, landscape and design. Materials include pencils, oil pastels, pastels, markers, tempera paint and watercolors.

Drawing from life and developing original design solutions to specific problems are an integral part of this course. Portfolio development and self-assessment are essential components.

Grades 10 -12
1 Unit

Advanced Drawing

Prerequisite Drawing and/or recommendations of art teacher and department chair

This course is for students who possess college-level drawing skills that
they want to develop further. Students study figure drawing, still-life, portraits, landscape and design. Materials include pencils, oil pastels, markers, tempera paint and watercolors. Drawing from life and developing
original design solutions to specific problems are an integral part of this course. Portfolio development and self-assessment are essential components. (Offered College Credit through Molloy College).

Grades 11-12
1 Unit

Painting

Prerequisite — Studio in Art

This is an advanced art course where the emphasis is on developing painting and design skills. Students work with a variety of traditional and nontraditional painting tools and techniques. Media include acrylics and oil paint with color theory and mixing color as essential components. Art history is an integral part of the course.

Grades 10-12
1 Unit

Printmaking

Prerequisite—Studio in Art

This elective course explores printmaking in many forms: stamping, copier art, monotypes, collagraphs, linoleum block prints, solar plate prints and other media. Students will develop their own personal imagery and focus on compiling a portfolio of their editions. (Offered College credit through Molloy College).

Grades 11-12
1 Unit

Media Arts

Prerequisite — Studio in Art

This course draws from many aspects of art and design, such as advertising, fashion illustration, product design, visual marketing and other genres of publishing that a professional illustrator or graphic designer might encounter. Students will use a variety of traditional materials and techniques such as charcoal, pen & ink, oil pastels, collage and mixed media to develop their personal style as well as exploring digital formats. Using Photoshop, students will create computer-based solutions to graphic art problems.

Grades 10-12
1 Unit

Digital Photography

Prerequisite – Studio in Art

This course explores many aspects of digital photography, from the basics of camera use (settings, framing, lighting), to choosing subject matter, both indoors and out. Students will also learn how to use computer programs to manipulate and enhance artistic prints.

Grades 9-12
1 Unit

Computer Art
Prerequisite – Studio in Art (Will be offered in 2011-2012)

This is a basic art course for students who want to use computer technology for art-making. Using drawing and painting programs, as well as scanning and other digital techniques, students will be expected to solve design problems and develop a portfolio of their work.

Grades 9-12
1 Unit

Art History

Prerequisites – 2 Units of Fine Arts (Will be offered in 2011-2012)

This course covers the history of art from prehistoric to modern times. Students will develop an appreciation of the visual arts and artists, with emphasis on the origins of well-known styles throughout history. (Offered College credit through Molloy College).

Grades 11-12
1 Unit

Fine Arts Honors

Prerequisites — Studio in Art and Dept. Recommendation
This course is for highly motivated art students who wish to explore the visual arts in a serious and in-depth way. Intensive work in drawing helps build individual skills. Students also work in a variety of materials and techniques and begin the process of developing a college-entrance portfolio.

Grades 11-1
1 Unit

Advanced Placement in Studio Art
Prerequisites — 2 Units of Fine Arts and Dept. Recommendation
This course is for highly motivated, serious art students who wish to do college-level work while in high school. Students prepare a portfolio of twenty-four finished drawings in two main areas: Breadth and an individual concentration. The AP Exam is taken in May and consists of the completed portfolio and written explanations. Satisfactory performance results in
credit at most universities and colleges.

Grades 11-12
1 Unit

Home and Career Skills

Students may take a basic course in Culinary Arts or choose our specialized cooking classes which are offered every other year.

Culinary Skills

Prerequisite — None
This half-unit course is required for the Food & Nutrition Sequence and the Human Development Sequence. Content of the
course includes food preparation, nutrition and meal management. Career course opportunities will also be explored. (Fall)

Grades 10-12
½ Unit

International Cooking
Prerequisite — None

This course expands the knowledge gained in Culinary Skills. Students gain a greater understanding of meal patterns of various countries and regions. Course content includes preparing and evaluating foods and exploring career opportunities.

Grades 10-12
½ Unit

Gourmet Foods

Prerequisite — None

This course expands the knowledge gained in Culinary Skills. It is an exploratory foods preparation course focusing on advanced preparation techniques, the appearance and presentation of foods and the use of specialized equipment. (Spring).

Grades 10-12
½ Unit

  

Staff

Ryan Emmanuel-Cooke
Director of Innovative Educational Opportunities/Art/Music
516-390-3128

Christina Imhof
Art Teacher

Ellen Layburn
Art Teacher

Cassie Ross-Dinin
Art Teacher