Fine Arts Courses

Studio in Art

Full year – 1 credit

This is a full year basic foundation course recommended by the New York State Board of Regents that can be used to fulfill the 1 credit arts/music graduation requirement. Students are exposed to a wide variety of studio experiences in drawing, painting, design and three-dimensional work. Focus is on the elements and principles of design, basic two-dimensional drawing skills, techniques and color theory. Students also become familiar with art history to provide a basis for art criticism and aesthetics. Studio in Art is a required course for students planning a major sequence in Art.

Drawing I

One semester – ½ credit

A course designed to develop strong skills and proper techniques in the art of drawing and work in a variety of media: pencil, charcoal, pastel and ink and other drawing materials. Emphasis is placed on design procedure and visual problem solving in a variety of styles. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Studio in Art.

Drawing II

One semester – ½ credit

An advanced course for talented students who have excelled in Drawing I. Provides students with the opportunity to build a strong background in drawing and develop a personal style. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Drawing I.


One semester – ½ credit

This course deals primarily 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 all covered as well as some emphasis on the ceramics and the physical aspects of clay. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Studio in Art.

Ceramics II

One semester – ½ credit

This advanced course explores surface enrichment of clay ware. The student is encouraged to creatively design hand built projects and to develop an individual style by using all of the techniques learned in Ceramics I. This course will also offer the students an opportunity to begin work on the pottery wheel. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Ceramics I.


One semester – ½ credit

A 3-D Art course, designed to offer both aesthetic and technical experience in three dimensional design, so that the student can express them self in a variety of media including clay, paper mache, wire, wood and other media. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Studio in Art.

Creative Crafts

One semester – ½ credit

An advanced art class, this course explores the fundamentals of three-dimensional design through the creation of well crafted functional items. These may include works in fabrics and fibers, weaving and basketry, clay, beading and a variety of other media. The curriculum includes historical and ethnic perspectives and cultural artistic styles. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Studio in Art.

Painting I

One Semester – ½ credit

This course offers the student study in two-dimensional media, perspective, light and shade, the figure, portraiture, still life, and landscape painting. The course offers the student an opportunity to work in a variety of painting media including watercolor, acrylic and oils. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Studio in Art.

Painting II

One semester – 1/2 credit

An advanced painting course which offers the student the opportunity to develop their painting skill and to work toward developing a personal style of expression. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Painting I.

Independent Study in Art

½ year

A student completing an art sequence may elect to do an independent study in an area of their choice. A course must be chosen that has been approved by the State Department of Visual Arts Education and be followed under the guidance of a teacher. Approval needed by teacher, department head, guidance and principal. Appropriate form available from department head. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Studio in Art.