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Daniel T. Connor
Superintendent

227 Main Street
Goshen, NY 10924
(845) 615-6720

Central School District

Art Program

Art in our schools

From the elementary level to the high school years, Goshen's art students are immersed in art education. Students learn about art history, criticism and aesthetics and work in different mediums, such as painting, drawing, sculpture and more.

Elementary Art Program

All first and second grade students attend one 40 minute art class each week. The following topics are covered during art classes:

  • Different media

  • Drawing and painting

  • Sculpture

  • 2- and 3-dimensional art

  • Computer-assisted drawing

  • Print making

  • Color Wheel

Interdisciplinary work with classroom and other special area teachers:

  • Music program, concerts, and plays

  • Jason Project

  • Classroom topics

Art history - Study famous artists related to class work:

  • Matisse

  • O'Keefe

  • Pollack

  • da Vinci

  • Degas

  • Van Gogh

Intermediate School Art Program

Welcome to the wonderful world of art! Our classes meet once a week for 40 minutes. After school clubs include water coloring, stamping, and puppet making.

Sketch Book-Art Journal
Students are encouraged to keep a sketchbook outside of class. Sketchbooks can be a visual diary of students lives, filled with memories, new experiences, challenges, and fun! Artists are not necessarily born artists, they learn the craft like all other skills. With practice and encouragement art can expand a child's outlook on life.

Exhibits
Library area, district office, and local businesses. At the end of the year Open House every student will have their work of art displayed.

Every art lesson taught at GIS is based on the teaching technique known as Discipline Based Art Education: Every lesson includes at least one, if not all of the following standards:

  • Art History- Who made the art? Facts and knowledge about the art and artist. Students learn how factors such as place and time influence art.

  • Art Criticism- What is the work of art about? Students learn to read a painting looking for visual clues. Students learn to discuss a work of art based on their emotional response.

  • Aesthetics- What is the purpose or function of the work of art? Why do we like this work of art? Students examine and use subject matter, themes, and symbols to give emotional meaning to their work.

  • Studio Art- How is the work of art made? What process, skills, and techniques are used to create a work of art?

Middle School Art Program

Grade 6
Sixth grade art classes are every day for one marking period. In sixth grade, students will study art from various time periods and cultures and then create projects that reflect the ideas, materials, techniques, etc., of those cultures. Students will do a variety of drawing, painting and clay projects.

Grade 7
Seventh grade art classes meet everyday for half of the school year. In seventh grade, students will focus more on the historical artworks of American artists. Students will study a variety of art movements and then create art projects in that style. Students will further explore drawing and painting in different mediums and techniques.

Grade 8
In eighth grade, exceptional art students will participate in an Advanced Art class. Students will be selected based on their achievements and their enthusiasm for art in their previous seventh grade art class. The class meets every day throughout the entire school year. Students will create more in depth art projects that explore new media and techniques.

High School Art Program

Studio in Art "A"

Semester - 1/2 credit

This is a basic foundation course recommended by the New York State Board of Regents to fulfill the graduation requirement. Students are exposed to a wide variety of studio experiences in drawing, painting, design and three-dimensional work. Students also become familiar with art history through slides, prints and visits to museums to provide a basis for art criticism and aesthetics.

Studio in Art "B"

Prerequisite: Studio in Art "A" - Semester - 1/2 credit 

This course can be taken as a continuation of Studio in Art “A” or as a stand-alone course. This is a basic foundation course recommended by the New York State Board of Regents to fulfill the graduation requirement. Students are exposed to a wide variety of studio experiences in drawing, painting, design and three-dimensional work. Students also become familiar with art history through slides, prints and visits to museums to provide a basis for art criticism and aesthetics.

Basic Photography

Prerequisite: 1 credit in Art, Music or Technology - Semester - 1/2 credit

This is a one semester course designed for students in grades 10, 11, 12 who are interested in learning how a picture is created, from the buying of the film to the finished print. Class size will range from 15 18 on a first come first serve basis. Priority is given to seniors and members of the yearbook staff. Fields of study include: the camera, light, exposures, film, development, printing, chemistry, composition, special effects, equipment, history, and careers in photography. Credit can be applied to an art sequence.

Advanced Photography

Prerequisite: Basic Photography - Semester - 1/2 credit

Advanced Photography is a half year course that explores the many aspects of photography in more detail. Areas of study include camera handling, film processing, negative evaluation, print making, the use of color slide film and/or color print film and special effects specific to color photography. Prerequisite to this advanced class is Basic Photography. Enrollment is limited to 18 students. Credit can be applied to an art sequence.

Video Technology and Production

Prerequisite: 1 credit in Art, Music or Technology - Semester - 1/2 credit

This one semester course offers a “hands on” approach to producing videotaped presentations. Students will be asked to write scripts, handle cameras, microphones and other equipment, as well as “act” in several different productions. Technical information will be given both written form and demonstrations, and grading is based on a number of written quizzes, a final, and class participation, which is a major consideration. Prerequisite: Because of the studio nature of the course and the value of the equipment, students will be required to have successfully completed at least one technology, art or music class before enrolling in this class. Enrollment is limited to 18 students.

Visual Communication and Design

Prerequisite: 1 credit in Art, Music or Technology - Semester - 1/2 credit

This half year course focuses on art specifically created for communication, i.e., logos, corporate symbols, advertising, posters, book covers, album covers, and so on. Many works are black & white but color is introduced and may be linked with computer graphics if computer lab scheduling permits.

Drawing and Painting

Semester - 1/2 credit

This is an advanced art course designed to develop strong skills and proper techniques in the art of drawing and painting. Students work in a variety of media: pencil, charcoal, pastel, ink, watercolor, acrylics and oil.

Advanced Drawing and Painting

Prerequisite: Drawing and Painting & teacher recommendation + portfolio - Semester - 1/2 credit

This is an advanced art course for talented students who have excelled in a full year course of drawing and painting. It provides students the opportunity to build a strong background in the drawing and painting media of their choice.

Ceramics I

Semester - 1/2 credit

This course deals with all aspects of a very versatile medium, ranging from hand building methods to ceramic sculpture and work on the potter’s wheel. Working techniques, decoration methods, glazing and proper firing are included, as well as emphasis on the ceramics and the physical aspects of clay.

Ceramics II

Prerequisite: Ceramics I - Semester - 1/2 credit

This course explores surface enrichment of clayware. Students are encouraged to creatively design hand built projects and to develop an individual style by using all of the techniques learned in Ceramics I.

Sculpture I and II

Sculpture I is a prerequisite for Sculpture II - Semester - 1/2 credit

This advanced art course is designed to offer aesthetic and technical experience so that students can express themselves in both resistant (plaster, wire, etc.) as well as plastic (clay, paper mache, etc.) materials. Projects made in class will be assigned according to students’ interests and abilities.

Independent Study

Special approval is needed from Department Head, Guidance Counselor and Principal - 1 or 2 Semester - 1 or 1/2 credit

Students completing a sequence of art courses may apply to do an independent study in the medium of their choice. A course of study must be chosen that has been approved by the State Department of Visual Arts Education and be conducted under the guidance of an art teacher.