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.

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.


One semester – 1/2 credit

Description: Students will examine the three-dimensional art form in depth while learning how to work with clay.  A variety of techniques will be covered such as hand building and using a potter wheel. Students will use their skills to create functional, everyday objects as well as pieces of art.

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.

Art Portfolio

This claims is aimed for students who plan on pursuing the arts after graduation.  Students will learn to evaluate, assess and work with their strengths and weaknesses in relevant terms to their ability to execute and complete a college entrance portfolio. Instructor will help students complete a full and broad portfolio that demonstrates and reflects the student’s ability, skill, techniques, creativity and self-expression in preparation for college admittance.