Art

Art Curriculum:

  • The York Art Department utilizes the New York State Art Standards in the K-12 program
  • The K-12 Art Curriculum is built on the Elements of Art and Principles of Design

New York State Arts Standards:

  • Creating, performing and participating in the arts
  • Knowing and using arts materials and resources
  • Responding to and analyzing works of art
  • Understanding the cultural dimensions and contributions of the arts

Elements of Art: Line, Shape and Form, Color, Value, Texture
Principles of Design: Rhythm, Movement, Balance, Proportion, Variety, Emphasis, Harmony and unity

Elementary:

  • K-5 Elementary Art and Ceramics

Ceramics is a high school art elective which explores all the clay hand building techniques including slab, pinch, and coil as well as the art of throwing on the wheel. Sculpture projects are featured during the second semester.

Middle School:

  • 6th Grade Art
  • 7th Grade Art
  • 8th Grade Art
  • Middle School Art Club and Dance Team

Ceramics is a high school art elective which explores all the clay hand building techniques including slab, pinch, and coil as well as the art of throwing on the wheel. Sculpture projects are featured during the second semester.

High School:

  • Studio in Art (3)
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Advanced Studio in Art
  • Graphics
  • Independent Study in Art
  • Drawing 110 and Painting 114 (GCC Credit)
  • Advanced Placement Art

Media included: Pencil, Color Pencil, Charcoal, Pen/Ink, Watercolor, Tempera, and Acrylic Paint

Studio Projects:

  • Right Side of the Brain Drawing Unit
  • Portrait and Figure Drawing
  • Watercolor Workshop
  • Perspective Drawing
  • Collage
  • Painting Styles
  • Research Paper

Media included: Pencil, Color Pencil, Charcoal, Pen/Ink, Watercolor, Tempera, and Acrylic Paint

Course Descriptions:

Drawing & Painting - 40 weeks - 1 credit:
This class is designed to:

  • Help students develop a unique "artistic" drawing and painting style
  • To have the student develop a philosophy to approach different artistic problems that are presented in the course
  • Give the student access to different art styles and professional artists' work via examples on videotape, laser disk, and the internet

Media Included:

  • Pencil and Color Pencil
  • Charcoal and Ink
  • Watercolor, Tempera and Acrylic Paint
  • Pastel and Oil Pastel
  • MacIntosh Computer: Photoshop, Illustrator, and Freehand

Advanced Studio in Art - 40 weeks - 1 credit:
This course will:

  • Give the student the time, materials and guidance to create a portfolio of artwork in a variety of different media
  • Create a portfolio, which might be needed for college placement or entry into an artistic career
  • Showcase students' areas of strength, while developing a well-rounded portfolio

Independent Study in Art - 40 weeks - 1 credit:

Independent study is an advanced art course for students who cannot be scheduled into other advanced courses. The course will consist of 8 individual art units chosen by the student in a variety of art media. Each unit consists of research, studio work, and sketchbook work. This course will be scheduled during other art courses. Students should expect to work very independently and will need to be able to budget time and effort effectively.

Yearbook/Graphics - 40 weeks - 1 credit:

Yearbook Production: In this class, we will design, layout, write and photograph the entire school year.

  • Photography using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software artwork in a variety of different media
  • Write copy using Microsoft Word
  • Layout using Adobe Pagemaker 7.0 software
  • Selling and Advertising
  • Selling and Distribution of yearbooks

Other graphics projects may include Microsoft Powerpoint and Apple Keynote Presentations, The Senior Board for Graduation, Student Resumes, updating the school's website, posters, etc.

Ceramics/Sculpture - 40 weeks - 1 credit:

The majority of the year will be spent working in clay. Students will make practical objects as well as sculptures. Students will learn clay techniques: pinch, coil, slab and wheel throwing. They will learn appropriate textures, glazes, and decorations for their clay pieces. Students will use other materials such as plaster, wood, plastic, paper mache to create three-dimensional objects. This course does NOT meet the state mandate for one year of Art.

AP Art - 40 weeks - 1 credit:

Advanced Placement Art is a course offered at York to give students a chance to do college-level work in studio art and possibly receive college credit for it. The program is intended for highly motivated students committed to serious study in art. Advanced Placement work involves significantly more time than most high school courses and is not meant for casually interested art students.

In AP Studio Art, because of the nature of the course, students will be asked to select pieces from their work to send to the College Board for evaluation by a group of artists and teachers. The evaluation is intended to let the student demonstrate the ability to deal with the fundamental concerns of the visual arts. Students may be given credit or advanced placement, or both, on the college level.

The portfolio of work will contain over 40 pieces separated into three sections; demonstrating quality, concentration, and breadth. Mr. Morgan has the specific criteria required for each section. Students may choose to take an AP art course in their junior and senior year.

  1. Students need to have taken and successfully completed Studio Art to be considered for enrollment in Advanced Placement Art. The High School Principal will make any exceptions to this requirement after consultation with the Senior High Counselor and the Advanced Placement Art Teacher.
  2. Students interested in taking Advanced Placement Art should speak with Mr. Morgan prior to enrolling in Advanced Placement Art in order to discuss expectations and course requirements.
  3. All students taking A.P. Art are required to pay approximately $75.00 in order to reserve an A.P. exam in May.

College Enrichment Art 110 Drawing 1 - 20 weeks - 1/2 credit:

Art 110 Drawing is a college-level course offered through the Office of Off-Campus Credit, Genesee Community College. It is an exploration of several aspects of drawing as a means of expression. Drawing in various media stressing the fundamentals of design and sensitivity of form and drawing from life and the imagination is covered. Students will be expected to provide some of their own art supplies.

Students who elect to enroll in this course are billed at a rate of approximately $42 per credit hour through the college. In addition, students have to apply for admission to GCC as part-time students. Successful completion of this course results in 3 credit hours that are transferable to any college in the state university system.

College Enrichment Art 114 Painting 1 - 20 weeks - 1/2 credit:

Art 114 Painting is a college-level course offered through the Office of Off-Campus Credit, Genesee Community College. It is a creative approach to the problems of the painter. Emphasis is placed upon the handling of media for aesthetic and technical considerations, space relations, color, line, tone, shape, and texture. Students will use watercolor, tempera, and acrylics. Students may be expected to provide some of their own art supplies.

Students who elect to enroll in this course are billed at a rate of approximately $42 per credit hour through the college. In addition, students have to apply for admission to GCC as part-time students. Successful completion of this course results in 3 credit hours that are transferable to any college in the state university system.