Fine Arts Department
The Fine Arts curriculum is designed to enable students to understand and appreciate how a work of art is created and viewed. The curriculum’s design stimulates growth through self-discovery and self-expression. Students’ skills develop through practice and appreciation of techniques. Classes are structured in tandem with students’ needs in subsequent years.
Introduction to Fine Arts
(Required for freshmen)
This course introduces the principles of Art Criticism and other factors influencing the perception of the Fine Arts. The objective of this course is to allow each student to broaden his perspective on what the Fine Arts are and to make him aware of the methods that artists use.
This music course is designed around the interests of the students. Topics are derived from a list of student's specific requests generated during the first cycle of the year. The course is student-driven and academically substantial. The goal is to increase a student’s musical interests and studio competency.
Music Composition 1 & 2
The class focuses on mastering the six elements of music, preparing each student to compose a well balanced piece of music.
Architectural Drawing 2 Honors
Students learn the principles of architectural and mechanical drawing, and how to apply them.
Students learn the elements of art & design and how to use Adobe Photoshop with a focus on visual communication and presentation.
Studio Art 1, 2 & Seminar Honors
These are hands-on classes dealing with issues in drawing and painting based on perceptual and conceptual ideas.
Advanced Placement Studio Art
Students prepare for the AP Exam as outlined by the AP Board. Successful completion of this course awards students college credit upon entrance to many universities.
Advanced Placement Art History
Students examine major forms of artistic expression from past to present from a variety of cultures. The class stresses a critical approach and analysis of works of art.
- A three-year sequence or one-year electives
- Hands-on experience
- Exposure to computer art
- Student Orchestra
- Portfolio preparation for college
- Two Advanced Placement courses: AP Studio Art and AP Art History
- Member of NYSMA