9th Grade Art
The Freshman art curriculum cultivates visual literacy, personal expression and imagination. In addition, it prepares students in the analysis of visual media such as fine art, advertising and digital environments. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, the fundamentals of drawing, design, linear perspective, color theory and strategies in visual communication.

10th Grade Art
The Sophomore art curriculum builds on Freshman year coursework with additional emphasis on personal expression and higher order thinking. Through painting, drawing and sculpture, students are encouraged to explore abstract issues of identity, culture and meaning as they are shaped by images and text. Students will be guided in the creation of unique and personal works of art and consequently in the development of vocabulary and critical skills necessary to analyze and discuss these pieces.

Advanced Studio Art (Juniors)
Advanced Studio Art is a course that offers advanced instruction in painting, drawing and sculpture. The rigorous curriculum strengthens both the formal as well as expressive skills of each student. Assignments promote original and innovative technics as well as mastery of more conventional methods of image making. Students are expected to demonstrate strong initiative and personal engagement with the curriculum resulting in a unique and compelling body of work. While the course is designed primarily for students who have indicated an interest in pursuing a career in fine or applied art, others are equally welcome, providing that they accept the substantial commitment in time and effort the course requires.

Advanced Art Portfolio (Seniors)
This course is designed primarily for seniors who are preparing portfolios as part of their college application process and or those who have a deep and passionate interest in visual art. Ideal students should be both highly motivated and self-directed as well as being receptive to instruction and criticism. Assignments are initially designed to cultivate the rigorous exploration of process and subject as well as the ability to think critically. Ultimately students will be given greater latitude as their personal iconography evolves. Advanced Studio Art is a prerequisite for this course unless otherwise indicated by the instructor.

Instructor: Mr. Jason Novetsky

Course Objectives:
This course is designed to introduce students to the principles, history and methods of three dimensional design as they are applied in the fields of Architecture and Industrial design. Students will learn modeling and drawing of architectural design and how to use computer-based programs such as Autocad and Rhinocerous.

Students will be guided through a range of assignments designed to cultivate concept development, linear and non-linear problem solving, critical analysis as well as core skills such as perspectival drawing, model making, written and oral presentation.

Instructor: Mr. Jason Novetsky

The sculpture class introduces students to a variety of materials and concepts used in the creation of sculptural forms. These can be applied to a range of fields including product design, jewelry design and architecture, as well as fine art. Classes will meet regularly and work will be assessed on composition and effort. Meeting times to be arranged.

Product Design

Product Design is an unusual and creative art form based on lines and shapes. Extremely beautiful and complex designs result from a layering of simple shapes. This art seems serves as the foundation for the design of products — the focus of my course. This is a comprehensive program encompassing all aspects of a successful design campaign: conceptualization, implementation, marketing and production. This course marries creativity with the practical aspects of product design. By course end, students will take pride in their ability to produce real-world products with an artistic flair. Taught by artist Lesley Kassin.

Art Portfolio

The bridge between high school and a college-level art program is an impressive portfolio. In this course, students create a portfolio that will get the attention of the admissions committees at art colleges. Open to students who are serious about pursuing further education in art, under my guidance students will work in various media and in a variety of styles to create a portfolio that has the breadth and depth needed to gain admission to a stellar art school. This class also has dynamic inspirational speakers who share their stories. Class instructor is Lesley Kassin.

Art and Marketing of Pattern Design
Instructor: Ms. Lesley Kassin

The objective of this class is to explore the Art Element using Line to create original designs with structured patterns. We will connect this art form to many fields including marketing, advertising, architecture, Judaic studies, textiles, fashion and other factors. The second term of this course will focus on the marketing and business aspects of the subject. Every class will include discussion, adding patterns to a journal, and creating a project. General requirements will include papers, along with a mid-term and final exam. Note: This class is not open to students enrolling in the elective course, if offered.

The overall course will be divided into two phases:

Phase 1: drawing the patterns and planning
Phase 2: final design creation

Primary materials used are: paper, pencil, and black marker. Additional materials may need to be purchased as well.
*Open to Sophomores only.

Art and Marketing of Pattern Design: Advanced
Building on the skills acquired in the introductory class, cutting edge areas of art such as journaling and bookbinding will be explored. An art journal is an illustrated creative notebook. Using fine art and craft materials and techniques, we will create a visual token of your everyday life, thoughts, travels, or events. Learn how to become inspired and discover the basics of art journaling which incorporates art and writing. Principles of mixed media through the use of collaging, painting colorful backgrounds, and adding textures and words to your personal books will be introduced. Delve into this chock full class and create beautiful pages in a visual journal. Also we will learn how to create our own books from scratch using Coptic bookbinding techniques. At the conclusion of this course you will have been exposed to many facets of creativity- patterns, collaging, painting, writing, bookbinding, and more. In addition to these projects, a research paper, midterm evaluation and final exam will comprise the basis of the final grade. For those interested in pursuing a creative future, a portion of this course will help with college portfolios.

*This course is open only to Juniors or Seniors who have taken the prerequisite Art & Marketing of Pattern Design class

Introduction to Graphic Design
This course is designed to give students an understanding of and practical application of Adobe Suite: Illustrator, InDesign and basic Photoshop techniques. We explore the commercial aspects of art through computer-enhancement for commercial advertising, posters and publications.

Illustrator is a drawing program that thinks in a series of points that create vector paths. We use it to develop logos as well as to design and craft effective promotional pieces, publications and digital art. Adobe InDesign is used to create documents that look like a professionally designed and printed product: students learn to insert photos, graphics and line drawings for the text copy. Students produce and are assessed on projects that include devising an original layout for a newsletter, catalogue or brochure.
Adobe Photoshop is a program used to edit and manipulate images. Students learn to create compositions involving layers and the application of principles of design.

AP 2D Design Course Syllabus
This Design course is a college level program completed at the high school level that enables students to develop mastery in concept, composition, and execution of ideas. Requirements for the final portfolio have been developed by the College Board Advanced Placement Program and promote a sustained investigation of two aspects of portfolio development—quality and concentration— which are represented in approximately 20 different advanced level artworks submitted to the College Board for scoring. During the first month of the course, students explore a variety of concepts and approaches in order to demonstrate their abilities and versatility with problem solving, ideation, and techniques. Students’ initial projects are used to develop a plan of action for their Concentration. As students engage in a variety of art-making experiences, they begin to identify ideas and themes that have strong personal relevance. Students maintain a daily sketchbook throughout the course and use their sketchbooks to document themes and ideas in preparation for work on their Concentration section.

Also included throughout the course are formal class critiques, where students are expected to discuss their own work, the work of their peers, and the work of master artists in written and verbal form. During the class critiques, the vocabulary of art is used, enabling students to learn to analyze and discuss their artwork and form decisions about it, while developing ideas for future exploration.

Final portfolios are submitted digitally to the AP Board for scoring in a 1-5 range. Students who receive a 3, 4, or 5 on their portfolio are eligible for credit(s) at the Undergraduate level at participating Colleges and Universities.

Course Requirements/Pre-requisite: Introduction to the Graphic Arts.

AP 2D Design and Photography

This course familiarizes students with the fundamental techniques necessary for a creative use of photography and gives a comprehensive overview of the basic tools of digital photography. Students are introduced to digital photography and post- production with Adobe Photoshop. They learn the main features of digital photography, development of RAW files, basic use of digital post-production, and digital printing. The course includes lectures, presentations, demos, shooting sessions, discussions and critiques of photographs produced by the students.

Assignments include topics such as depth of field, shutter speed, panning and digital color management as well as how to correctly compose and expose a photograph.

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