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Philosophy of Arts Education at Heatly School

“The arts enhance the process of learning”

Photo of students holding scarecrow drawings• Exposing students to visual arts will help them build their aesthetic expression and self confidence.

• When provided with a positive environment conducive to taking risks, students gain appreciation for the arts and discover their creative skills.

• Experience in the arts can play a role in students’ cognitive skill development…skills such as observing, analyzing, interpreting, making judgments, problem solving and risk taking are enhanced by art experiences.

• Visual arts problems are often open to a variety of answers. Students gain skills in experimenting with processes and trial and error approaches. “Errors” are opportunities to analyze what works and what to adjust.

• Each student’s unique way of seeing, developing ideas and individual use of techniques is valuable in the arts.

• In visual arts the desire suggests a basic talent, instruction provides the “language” of art, and practice provides students with the examples to see his or her aesthetic growth.

Photo of elementary art student with maskArt at the Elementary Level

The primary goal of Heatly’s elementary art program is to assist the students in developing an appreciation for and understanding of the various art disciplines, and to explore the art forms as an opportunity for personal expression. Students will be introduced to a variety of hands – on activities and experiences that develop perceptual, creative, and motor skills.

Art class also provides a time for problem solving and exploration with a wide range of art materials and tools. Caring for classroom supplies, respecting the work of others, achieving independence, and learning to communicate through art are stressed.

Photo of student drawingElementary art instruction is provided for each child beginning in kindergarten through sixth grade. Classes are forty five minutes and meet once a week.
Parents and families are encouraged to assist in their child’s artistic development by creating and maintaining an exhibition space at home for children’s artwork and talking about their creations.

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Photo of student drawing in 7th-grade art classGrade 7 Art

The primary goal of the art program in the junior high is to allow students to continue to develop appreciation for and understanding of various art disciplines, and to continue exploring the art forms as an opportunity for personal expression.
Instruction builds on the foundation of the art curriculum in the elementary level and prepares students for high school study in art. The curriculum is built upon the elements and principles of art and design, and projects are presented in a problem solving manner. Students learn to examine and respond critically to artwork of the great masters and various cultures. They are exposed to a wide range of materials through a series of hands- on activities.

Art instruction is provided everyday in the 7th grade for a 20 week period.

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Graduation Requirements

New York State requires all students to successfully achieve one credit of art or music for graduation. Studio Art is the prerequisite to all other high school art courses. An introductory foundation course, Studio Art is designed to address the New York State Standards for Art Education at the commencement level while providing an overview of the major areas of concentration in visual and fine art. The standards are:

Standard 1 – Students will actively engage in the processes that constitute creation and performance in the arts.

Standard 2 – Students will be knowledgeable about and make use of the materials and resources available for participation in the arts in various roles.

Standard 3 – Students will respond critically to a variety of works in the arts, connecting the individual work to other works and to other aspects of human endeavor and thought.

Standard 4 – Students will develop an understanding of the personal and cultural forces that shape artistic communication and how the arts in turn shape the diverse cultures of past and present society.

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Photo of ceramic facesStudio in Art

This studio course is the comprehensive foundation for all secondary school art. Students will have a brief exposure to 2 and 3 dimensional art, including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, design, history, and computer art. 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. The 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. This course meets every day for the full year and is for one earned credit.

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Photo of student with paintingStudio in Drawing and Painting/Advanced Art

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 acquisition and development of basic draftsmanship, composition and the application of color theory. Its scope includes acquisition of basic drawing skills and painting skills, composition, and the use of several media including acrylics, oils, charcoal, mixed media, pencil and watercolor. This is a full year course which is equal to one credit.

Prerequisite: Studio Art

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Photo of student with drawingAdvanced Independent Art

This course is only open to those students choosing art as a career. This is an advanced class only for the highly motivated student who has maintained at least a B average in preparatory courses and has previous experience in the subject area chosen. This is a full year course equal to one credit.

Prerequisite: Advanced Art/Drawing and Painting

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