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Lauren Gemmill

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

(518) 377-4666 x50703

lgemmill@niskyschools.org 

High School Art courses & Descriptions

 This information is from the Niskayuna High School Program of Studies. Click on a course title for the description.

Art elective courses offered for a full year (1 credit)

Title

Grades Offered

Prerequisite

Studio in Art

9-12

None

Drawing and Painting

10-12

Studio in Art

Advanced Art Studio (Honors)

10-12

Drawing & Painting (prerequisite)
OR Portfolio review and instructor's permission under special circumstances

All advanced art electives

 

Art elective courses offered for a semester (1/2 credit)

Title

Grades Offered

Prerequisite

Photography I

10-12

Studio in Art

Photography II

10-12

Photography I

Studio in Video I

10-12

Studio in Art

Studio in Video II

10-12

Studio in Video I

Ceramics I

10-12

Studio in Art

Ceramics II

10-12

Ceramics I

Jewelry and Metal Work I

10-12

Studio in Art

Jewelry and Metal Work II

10-12

Jewelry and Metal Work I

Sculpture

10-12

Studio in Art

Studio in Computer Arts

10-12

Studio in Art

Studio in Graphic Design

10-12

Studio in Art

 

Course Descriptions

STUDIO IN ART

Course 51020    1 year    1 credit    Grades 9-12

This studio course is the comprehensive foundation for all secondary school art. Studio in Art is a prerequisite to all other high school art courses. In this course, students will have a brief exposure to 2- and 3-dimensional art, including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, computer art and digital photography, design and art history. The exposure to these areas in the excitement of a studio atmosphere will encourage the development of concepts and skills in the visual arts and appreciation of world arts and cultures. This course is further designed to develop an understanding of art for students as a life-long learning and engagement process. Students will discover the many ways in which they can be artists.

 

DRAWING AND PAINTING

Course 51220    1 year    1 credit    Grades 10-12

The Drawing and Painting course is designed for students whose primary interest in art lies in two-dimensional expression. Its concern is with drawing, painting, and printmaking mediums and their skills and concepts. Its purpose is to provide opportunity for the development of basic draftsmanship, composition and the application of color theory. The course emphasizes the use of color in several media including graphite, acrylic paint, charcoal, collage, and watercolor.

Prerequisite: Studio in Art

 

SCULPTURE

Course 51500    1 semester    1/2 credit    Grades 10-12

The course offers an extension of the three-dimensional concepts, materials, processes and techniques explored briefly in the foundation course, Studio Art. Students will build upon previous experiences, as well as be introduced to new media and tools for expression in sculptural form. Ceramics, metal working copper enameling, wire brazing, found objects, stained glass, moldmaking, plaster and stone carving are some of the many exciting materials that will be used to create sculpture.

In addition to the creation of three-dimensional works of art, students will learn about art and artists from various time periods, places and cultures. This exposure will enhance students' ability to explore and express themselves through the qualities of their artwork, as well as ideas and perspectives shared during class discussion.

Prerequisite: Studio in Art

 

CERAMICS I

Course 51100    1 semester    1/2 credit    Grades 10-12

The course offers students the opportunity to experiment and explore the many processes and techniques of working with clay. Students will be exposed to historical and contemporary examples of design in pottery and ceramic sculpture that will be studied as students engage in their production of clay sculpture. In addition to learning various (clay) hand building approaches to pottery, and throwing on the potters wheel, students will learn the basic techniques of glazing and other surface treatments that can be applied to pottery and ceramic sculpture.

Prerequisite: Studio in Art

 

CERAMICS II

Course 51120    1 semester    1/2 credit    Grades 10-12

Students will continue to explore further possibilities in the area of clay pottery and ceramic sculpture. Ceramics II will also include figure and portrait studies in clay. Students will study the proportions of the human figure and learn the skeletal structure and muscle groups that form the human body. There will be an emphasis on the development of awareness of sculptural form, thinking in three dimensions, and mastering the use of sculptural materials and tools.

Prerequisite: Ceramics I

 

JEWELRY AND METAL WORK I

Course 51300    1 semester    1/2 credit    Grades 10-12

This course offers students the opportunity to explore and experiment with a variety of processes and techniques as they develop an understanding of design concepts of jewelry, metalworking and sculpture. The materials and techniques range from: silver, copper, brass, enameling, brazing, soldering, polymer clay, and ceramic clay to plaster and glass. The course will prepare students with a foundation of the fundamental skills and design concepts for Jewelry and Metal Work II.

Prerequisite: Studio in Art

 

JEWELRY AND METAL WORK II

Course 51320    1 semester    1/2 credit    Grades 10-12

Students will continue to explore further possibilities in working with metals, clays and stone, as well as new materials and techniques such as wood, plaster and casting. The emphasis is placed on developing their awareness of sculptural form, thinking in three dimensions and mastering the use of sculptural materials and tools.

Prerequisite: Jewelry and Metal Work I

 

PHOTOGRAPHY I – DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Course 51400 1 semester 1/2 credit Grades 10-12

Through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, assignments and critiques, students will learn to visually communicate through the use of a digital SLR camera. Students will explore basic tools, techniques and aesthetics of digital photography. There will be an emphasis on the creative use of camera controls, exposure, digital imaging software (Adobe Photoshop CS5), and an awareness of the impact digital photography has on our contemporary society. The digital photography course will require work outside of regular class time.

Prerequisite: Studio in Art

 

PHOTOGRAPHY II – DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Course 51420    1 semester    1/2 credit    Grades 10-12

Students will continue to explore the manual modes of the Digital SLR camera in order learn how these setting can enable them to utilize more advanced photographic techniques. In addition, students will understand how Adobe Photoshop can assist them in creating digital enhancements and manipulations. Students will also investigate how various alternative processes can be utilized with the computer as a tool as well as methods to present their work in non-traditional ways to more effectively visually communicate their ideas. The photography course will require work outside of regular class time.

Prerequisite: Photography I

 

STUDIO IN VIDEO I

Course 51700    1 semester    1/2 credit    Grades 10-12

This short filmmaking course is designed to introduce the student to the basic techniques of using video as a media for creative expression and visual communication. It includes writing, planning, producing and directing. Digital editing techniques will be explored as well as learning how sound can be used to enhance the visual image. Past and present films will be shown to expose students to film as art. Designed as an art course, this might be of interest to the English or history student who wishes to explore a new means of expressing his/her ideas. Although it is helpful if students have access to a camcorder, video equipment can be signed out for assignments through the school. Students will have the ability to utilize iMovie and Final Cut Express to edit their productions. This course will require work outside of regular class time.

Prerequisite: Studio in Art

 

STUDIO IN VIDEO II

Course 51720    1 semester    1/2 credit    Grades 10-12

This video film making course is a continuation of Studio In Video I. Students will be introduced to techniques such as claymation, computer animation, and stop-action animation to visually communicate their ideas. Although it is helpful if students have access to a camcorder, video equipment can be signed out through the school for assignments. Students will have the ability to utilize iMovie, Final Cut Express, iPhoto, iStopMotion, and Toon Boom Studio to create and edit their productions. This course will require work outside of regular class time.

Prerequisite: Studio In Video I

 

STUDIO IN COMPUTER ARTS

Course 51600    1 semester    1/2 credit    Grades 10-12

This elective course will teach the elements and principles of design through the medium of computers and digital technology. It is intended for the student who is interested in learning about new technologies and using them to create art in immediate and real-life ways. Students will learn the following:

  • The use of digital cameras, flatbed scanners, Wacom tablets, Adobe Photoshop software, and Painter software to explore digital imagery
  • Graphic design work using Adobe Illustrator software
  • Two-dimensional animation, editing, and sound sampling with Adobe Flash

Prerequisite: Studio in Art. A digital camera is suggested but will not be required.

 

STUDIO IN GRAPHIC DESIGN

Course 51800    1 semester    1/2 credit    Grades 10-12

This course will teach the fundamentals of graphic design through the creative process of combining art and technology to communicate ideas. It is intended for the student who is interested in learning about visual communication, which includes typography, product design, book/page design, advertising and logo animation. Students will learn the visual problem-solving process of following a concept through its initial creation to the finished product, using Adobe Photoshop, Flash and Illustrator.

Prerequisite: Studio in Art.

 

Advanced Study in Art

All students must have previous experience in the subject area they choose; recommended preparation is a B average in preparatory courses. These are advanced studio courses in which the talented or highly-motivated art student can work in a heavily enriched program. The student may choose the area in which he/she wishes to concentrate. All advanced art courses are honors level.

 

ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY H

Course 51450    1 year    1 credit    Grades 11-12

This course is designed to help students build skills to be able to visually communicate more effectively; including the ability to research, plan, and execute work in a systematic manner. Students will explore techniques that are more advanced than the basics and work with both 35mm film and digital formats.

Students will work on individual projects - in conjunction with shooting assignments given by the teacher - to further their understanding of photography as an expressive medium. Subjects of study may include: social documentary, landscape, portrait, personal narratives, and working with mixed media.

In addition to photographic projects, the course also consists of technical demonstrations, a study of the history of photography, digital editing/manipulations (Adobe Photoshop) and regular class critiques and discussions. There will be a self-reflection component of the evaluation process.

Most of the photography assignments consist of both work done outside of class (shooting assignments) and work in the darkroom/computer lab during the block.

Prerequisite: Photo II and/or portfolio review and instructor's permission under special circumstances. A commitment to the photo process is mandatory.

 

ADVANCED ART STUDIO 1 H

Course 51040     1 year     1 credit     Grades 10-12

 

ADVANCED ART STUDIO 2 H

Course 51080    1 year    1 credit    Grades 11-12

Open to students recommended by an art teacher, department director or parent.

  • This course should be taken for two consecutive years.
  • An enriched studio situation for students doing advanced work in a variety of 2-D and 3-D art media.
  • Art majors wishing to improve their skills in various art media with an emphasis on drawing and painting, three-dimensional work and mixed media.
  • Students developing portfolios for college, art school or AP consideration.
  • Students in their second year may choose to prepare and submit an AP Drawing Portfolio at the end of their second year in the course or their senior year. The portfolio requires 24 unique works of art.
  • This course will require work outside of regular class time.

Prerequisite: Drawing and Painting and/or portfolio review and instructor's permission under special circumstances

 

ADVANCED STUDIO IN VIDEO H

Course 51760    1 year    1 credit    Grades 11-12

This course (which can be taken for two consecutive years) is designed to build upon the skills and techniques introduced in Studio in Video I & II. An overview of the goals of this course include:

  • To strengthen students' ability to conceive and develop ideas that will lead to compelling, authentic, personally meaningful films.
  • To facilitate the expression and development of students' unique artistic identity, cinematic voice and point of view through an exploration of personal experience, interests, concerns, values and inherent taste.
  • To motivate students to develop ideas for stories and characters through observation of, research into, and direct experience with real life.
  • To encourage awareness of the infinite possibilities for creative expression inherent in cinema, including documentary and experimental forms.
  • To begin an exploration of the societal impact of motion picture media, and the extent to which awareness of their own point of view can strengthen their creative process.
  • To enhance collaborative skills through group discussion, giving and responding to feedback, and collective brainstorming.
  • To enable students to create a diverse portfolio of project ideas, outlines and synopses that they can draw on in future productions.

 

ADVANCED STUDIO IN COMPUTER ARTS H

Course 51660    1 year    1 credit    Grades 10-12

This course is created for the aspiring digital artist. Students will be involved in the process of developing specific project goals each quarter with continued emphasis on building their artistic and technical skills through related software programs. Students may focus on graphic design, computer fine art or two-dimensional animation. Portfolio preparation for college will be developed and completed by the end of the course.

Prerequisite: Studio in Computer Arts.

 

Additional Advanced Art Course Offerings

Depending upon enrollment, students enrolled in the following courses may meet in regular sections of each, but will follow an advanced curriculum. All advanced students will be required to provide similar supplies to those required for the prerequisite courses.

 

Advanced Jewelry H (Course 51340)

Course 51340    1 year    1 credit    Grades 10-12

 

Advanced Sculpture H (Course 51520

Course 51520    1 year    1 credit    Grades 10-12

 

Advanced Ceramics H (Course 51160)

Course 51160    1 year    1 credit    Grades 10-12

 

Advanced Studio in graphic design

Course 51860    1 year    1 credit    Grades 11-12

The studio in advanced graphic design class is a full year course intended for students that wish to learn advanced tools and techniques in Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop/Flash to create new design projects and develop a portfolio for prospective colleges. Students will face new design challenges and build their visual communication skills through typography, media marketing, page layout activities, and web page design. Critiques of student work will be a major component of the course as well as student and teacher evaluations of work.

 

Credit for coursework outside of the high school

  • Niskayuna High School art students may apply for school credit for course work taken outside of school such as Sage College's "Summer Arts Program," New York State's "Summer School of the Arts," private lessons, etc.
  • Programs with which we are familiar and that provide documentation for and evaluation of student work accomplished in their program will be granted credit with prior approval of the art director.
  • Students taking other programs that do not provide us with that information, or with which we are not familiar, must present a portfolio of their work to the art director. The director will evaluate the work and decide whether or not school credit may be granted for the work accomplished in that particular program.
  • Prior approval must be granted by the art director if students wish to be considered for school credit.