Art Department

The Art Department offers a variety of courses where students learn divergent thinking and explore personal expression. Art classes emphasize using materials and creating artwork along with learning how to view, think and write about art. In art classes students learn the history and language of art and will gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them. 

Studio art is a introductory art class that can be used to fulfill the elective requirement for graduation or serve as a prerequisite to take more advanced art courses. The advanced art courses offer students the opportunity to explore more deeply a chosen field of art and to build a portfolio of art work needed for acceptance into art summer schools and college programs. 

The Art Department also offers students many real-life opportunities by entering our students’ work in local and regional art shows and contests. Select students also take field trips to portfolio reviews and art museums. We have an annual juried student art show that is done offsite and has grown over the years into a major community event celebrating the arts.

Studio in Art

1 Year | 1 Credit

This course is a prerequisite to the other art courses offered in the high school sequence. This program affords a student the opportunity to explore the concepts of various art techniques and of expression in various media. Through student art experiences, the student will be assisted in appreciating and understanding the works of other artists as well as the history of art. A final exam is given at the end of the year.

Studio in 3D

1 Year | 1 Credit 

This is a hands-on course in which students get involved in the three dimensional production of art work. The course affords the students an opportunity to experience a variety of media such as clay, wood, wire, and plaster. Students will be involved in written and verbal critiques.

Graphic Design

1 Year | 1 Credit

This course is a prerequisite to the other art courses offered in the high school sequence. Graphic Design explores the commercial aspects of art as a means of communicating ideas using words and images. It introduces students to graphic communication through the understanding of the elements and principles of art and design; as well as, the design process, from idea development through the final execution of a project. Students use the concepts explored in this course in the following disciplines: advertising, graphic design, typography, illustration, and photography. Techniques include freehand drawing, lettering, painting and computer-enhancement (using software such as Photoshop and Illustrator) for commercial advertising, posters and illustrations.

Drawing and Painting

1 Year | 1 Credit 

Students will be introduced to the skills necessary to effectively translate visual observations of the three-dimensional world into two-dimensional language. This language of drawing, along with perspective drawing, will be emphasized to build a college entry portfolio. This course offers students an opportunity to experience a variety of art media, stressing continued practice and adherence to individual technique. Also, the language of art criticism will be effectively practiced through written exercise and through critique of artwork. This course aligns with the NYS Visual Arts Learning Standards. 

Advanced Drawing – AP

1/2 Year | 1/2 Credit 

This course concentrates on development of the technical and creative skills necessary to make drawings as expressive visual language. Topics will include visual composition, line, value, gesture, volume and linear perspective. Drawings will be made from observed and non-observed subjects. This course coincides with FMCC’s Drawing 1 course, students will have the option to obtain AP credit.

Advanced Painting – AP

1 Year | 1 Credit 

This course focuses on painting utilizing traditional and contemporary techniques. Topics to be covered are visual composition, application techniques, material use, color theory, value and texture. An emphasis will be placed on seeking personal creative solutions through the exploration of a variety of techniques. Paintings will be made from observed and non-observed subjects. This course coincides with FMCC’s Painting 1 course, students have the option to obtain AP credit.

Functional Pottery

1 Year | 1 Credit 

This course is designed to expose students to the marketability of their artistic creations. Through collaboration with Advertising & Design/ Graphic Design classes, students will create a brand, logo,  packaging and products to sell at local crafters fairs and school events. Products will include but not be limited to: plates, cups, mugs, bowls, seasonal pottery, serving platters, condiment containers, vases, ornaments, tiles and trivets.

Digital Photography

1 Year | 1 Credit 

This course is intended to work in conjunction with the Graphic Design course to offer students a better understanding of how to capture clear, professional, visually appealing photographs for use in print media, marketing, advertising, and design.  Students will explore career options in the field of design while learning to create interesting compositions utilizing contrast, focal point, resting area and the “rule of thirds.” They will develop a better understanding of lighting and placement while being challenged to look for the unique and often hidden perspectives that exist in their everyday lives.

Functional Art and Design/Laser Engraving

1/2 Year | 1/2 Credit 

In this course students will learn to use Adobe Illustrator and the Epilogue Laser Engraver while producing memorabilia for extracurricular teams, dances, alumni events, along with items for personal use.  Upper level art, business, and technology students will be asked to design the fonts, logos, and images that will adorn objects such as key chains, coffee mugs, holiday ornaments and more.  

Advance Studio in 3-D

1 Year | 1 Credit 

Students will create 3 – dimensional sculptures that range from functional pieces to non- objective works. In this course, students will begin to focus on a style or concentration towards the medium and, or influences. This is an upper level course, so the more advanced the sculptures are the higher the learning level will be. Size, scale and craftsmanship is important in the development of this course. Students have to complete the Studio in 3 – D class with an 80 average or above in order to take the Advanced 3 -D Course.