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The Arts Education program at North Shore Hebrew Academy High School has one large aim that includes countless others: To enable students to walk away from the classroom, not only with an appreciation of Art but also with a sense of empowerment, because they have learned to become creative, original thinkers. All courses offered in the Art Studio will encourage students to see, feel, think, make aesthetic choices, explore a variety of media and self-evaluate as part of the studio experience. It is our hope that the search for original concepts, the integral development of technique and observational skills, as well as a respect for the Elements of Art and Principles of Design, will foster a sense of limitless artistic possibilities for our students.    

The arts curriculum is extensive and various. Our introductory classes include foundational multi-media experiences in the Elements of Art (Elements: Line, Shape, Space, Color, Texture, and Pattern) and Principles of Design (Principles: Balance, Unity, Rhythm, Proportion, Color Interaction and Relationships). Specialized classes include Drawing & Painting, Pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement Studio Art, Fashion Design, Architecture, Ceramics, Sculpture and Art History. It is our plan to grow to continuously accommodate student’s varied interests and art industry trends and our intention to provide our students with the ability to engage higher-level problem-solving techniques and fine-tuned technical skills. Upon graduation, they will be able to produce professional grade portfolios and meet the admissions criteria of the most selective art schools. Our many goals will be achieved by an integration of these four components in every course offered in the art curriculum: 

  1. The Creative Component: Students will make works of art that explore different kinds of subject matter, topics, and themes using a variety of visual materials, techniques, and processes.
  2. The Critical Component: Students will respond to, analyze and evaluate works of art while exploring the social, cultural and psychological dimensions of art. The relationships of technique and feeling, as well as the juxtaposition of the object to its environment will be examined.
  3. The Cultural and Historical Component: Students will examine the motivational forces that have produced art since the beginnings of civilization. This will include an exploration of the cultural and historical relationships of art to life in order to discover how art and life are inextricably related.
  4. The Aesthetic and Philosophic Component: Students will embrace the process of creative problem solving as an artistic journey. This journey and self-evaluation along with reference to specific rubrics will enable the student to monitor their own personal growth. We believe that students can achieve a world of new possibilities by encouraging risk taking and perseverance. The art department curriculum will be comprised of courses for students majoring in art (enrolled in AP Studio Art) as well as elective courses for non-major art students (Grades 9 through 12).

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

(All Course offerings are dependent on a minimum registration. Since Art Classes at North Shore Hebrew Academy High School are              highly individualized, course description and content are subject to change.)

AR001  9th Grade – The Arts Sampler

Students are exposed to a wide variety of introductory courses. These courses are available after school in the Art Studio, four days a week, from 4:45pm to 5:45pm and include Drawing and Painting, Ceramics, Fashion Design and Sewing. Other courses offered may include Architecture, Digital Photography, Sculpture, Stained Glass, Jewelry Making and Book Illustration. Students will learn and explore the basic Elements of Art (Elements: Line, Shape, Space, Color, Texture, and Pattern) and Principles of Design (Principles: Balance, Unity, Rhythm, Proportion, Color Interaction and Relationships). By joining each after school art course, students will dramatically improve their creative development as the skill sets learned and acquired in each course overlap and enhance one other.                

AR600  10th Grade - Pre-AP Art - (Introduction)

  • Students seeking admission are required to submit an Art Assessment Test
  • The Art Assessment Test is given in the 9th Grade during the second semester
  • Pre-requisite for 11th Grade - AP Studio Art - (The Breadth Sequence)  
 

The Pre-AP Art course is the first part of a three-year program which will help students acquire knowledge that is intended to lead to a mastery of skills related to the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design. In this course students will maintain an active sketchbook and journal and learn how to use a variety of media and illustrative materials. They will gain an historical knowledge of art by studying facets of art history, exploring artistic reference, current trends and inspiration of the art world will be included in their studies. Museum and Gallery trips are planned. The goal of this course is to prepare students with the required foundational knowledge and skills necessary to enter the 11th Grade - Advanced Placement Studio Art Course.   ** [4/5 Periods Per Week] **

AR601  11th Grade - AP Studio Art - (The Breadth Sequence)

  • Pre-requisite for 12th Grade - AP Studio Art - (The Concentration Sequence)
  • AP Studio Art is designed for students who are seriously interested in the arts and

     hope to earn college credit and/or Advanced Placement status while still in high school.

Advanced Placement Studio Art is a distinctive and rigorously demanding course of study which teaches students how to elevate their creative process, critical thinking, investigative skills and ‘student voice’ in preparation of effectively completing The College Board requirements of the AP Studio Art Exam administered at the end of Senior year. The AP Studio Art Exam consists of a student developed body of successful artwork which will be submitted in a portfolio comprised of three sections which include: Quality, Breadth and Concentration. The culmination of the student produced artwork during the school year is aimed at targeting each of the three portfolio exam sections.  

The BREADTH section of the AP Studio Art Exam section focuses on VARIETY in Subject, Concept, Technique, Media, Style and Approach.   ** [4/5 Periods Per Week] **

AR602  12th Grade – AP Studio Art - (The Concentration Sequence)  

  • Pre-requisite 11th Grade - AP Studio Art - (The Breadth Sequence)
  • AP Studio Art is designed for students who are seriously interested in the arts and

     hope to earn college credit and/or Advanced Placement status while still in high school.

Advanced Placement Studio Art is a distinctive and rigorously demanding course of study which teaches students how to elevate their creative process, critical thinking, investigative skills and ‘student voice’ in preparation of effectively completing The College Board requirements of the AP Studio Art Exam administered at the end of the school year. The AP Studio Art Exam consists of a student developed body of successful artwork which will be submitted in a portfolio comprised of three sections which include: Quality, Breadth and Concentration. The culmination of the student produced artwork during the school year is aimed at targeting each of the three portfolio exam sections. 

The CONCENTRATION section focuses on a body of work based on a “Central Theme" and focuses on a process of INVESTIGATION, GROWTH and DISCOVERY. Students are required to attend to their sketchbooks and continuously explore and research their Art Assignment topics so that they may develop the vital skills of “risk taking” and “sustained investigation.”   ** [4/5 Periods Per Week] **

 ADVANCED PLACEMENT STUDIO ART GOALS & REQUIREMENTS:

Advanced Placement Studio Art is designed to:

  • Help prepare the student for the College Board Advanced Placement Studio Art Exam in the 12th Grade in either Drawing, 2-D Design or 3-D Design.
  • Lead to mastery of Content, Technique and Composition and reinforce the creative use of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design.
  • Enable students to recognize successful solutions to creative problems.
  • Encourage exploration of risk taking and avoid trite or pedestrian solutions to the choice of Concentration Central Theme the student has made.
  • Enable students to do self-assessment and self-reflection based on appropriate rubrics and critiques.
  • Focus on personal creative growth and mastery of technique in preparation for the Advanced Placement Studio Art Exam in May.
  • Teach students to work independently, responsibly, efficiently and in a timely manner toward their Concentration while drawing on the resources they have acquired in the previous art classes.
  • Teach students to mat, mount, and photograph their own artwork according to College Board requirements.
  • Allow students to demonstrate a connection between developing exemplary skills and reference a direct connection to historical, contemporary and social exploration of the arts.

 

THE OPEN STUDIO

The Open Studio Policy affords extra studio time outside of scheduled Art Classes. Students from the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Grades use our Open Studio Policy to continue artistic pursuits or projects. These projects are either Art Course based, a personal Independent Study or College Portfolio Development. The Open Studio Policy enables students to develop a strong, independent work ethic and essential time management skills while earning extra credit points toward their scheduled Art Classes!   ** [5 Days Per Week] **                                                                    

ELECTIVE COURSES  (Offered upon demand)

 AR502  11th Grade - Architecture 1 - (Introduction)

  • Pre-requisite for Architecture II
This is a course in which basic fundamentals of architecture are examined and perfected. While design will be the main emphasis for this level, the student should have a good background in basic mathematics. Students will learn about the design process and explore the architectural concepts of space, form, function, and technology. They will learn how to create mechanical and freehand drawings, draw in 1, 2 and 3pt perspective, interpret and create floor plans, create orthographic and isometric drawings, understand drawing to scale and read blueprints, construct scale models, consult with groups on various approaches to design problems, address environmental concerns and conservation efforts, learn to render architectural styles, explore the history of architecture, reference the internet for architectural sources and create computer renderings using CAD. Trips to or visits by working architects are anticipated.   ** [4/5 Periods Per Week] **
 

AR503  12th Grade - Architecture II - (Continuation)

  • Pre-requisite Architecture I

This course is for the student who has completed the requirements for Introduction to Architecture 1 and plans possibly to pursue his or her architectural studies as part of their college education. Students will reinforce skills they learned in the earlier course and focus in on design techniques, as well as review and study the history of architecture, build scale models from plans and build vertically, understand shape, convex and concave, space, light, acoustics, circulation, enclosure, boundaries, path, threshold and portal, understand the use of planes and their relationship to patterns, consider issues dealing with commercial/ public space, render hand illustrations using a variety of media, become aware of the need for conservancy and the need for buildings that reflect respect for environments and future generations and  learn about the history and evolving technologies of modern architecture. Emphasis will switch to vertical construction and consideration of Public Space vs. Private Space, as well as architectural production as a process of analysis, critique and synthesis. Students will study architectural design as a mode of cultural communication and imaginative experimentation. They will work with a variety of scales, techniques and research situations while being asked to comprehensively address architectural problems. This course aims to broaden and deepen the students' awareness of architecture as a discipline as they work on preparing a portfolio for presentations to colleges.   ** [4/5 Periods Per Week] **

AR403  Senior Project: Architecture - (Independent Study)

This independent study course will be offered to those students who have successfully fulfilled the requirements of the Applied Arts Architecture track. Students interested in participating in this course should begin to discuss the nature of their project with a chosen faculty member in the spring of their junior year. The student will choose an area of concentration and the teacher will act as mentor. All students must submit proposals for their area of study defining their goals and projects. The Art Department faculty will review this proposal and approval will be based on recommendation, merit, and commitment to the arts. The student artwork will reflect a personal statement that serves as a compilation of their architectural studies. The student will create an individual set of creative, high quality 2 and 3-dimensional architectural projects for possible use in a portfolio for admission to college. Work will include both renderings and drawing from life.

AR504  Fashion Design I - (Introduction)                                                                                  

  • Pre-requisite for Fashion II

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the world of fashion design. They will acquire knowledge and skills related to the principles of Fashion Illustration and Design by utilizing a range of media and variety of techniques to create versatility in their work. Students will learn the proportions of the fashion (croquis) figure through the elements and principles of design as they pertain to fashion. Design terminology for apparel and recognition of design styles are also included as components of the course. Students will be required to demonstrate creative use of inspiration and design experimentation through various projects and a design journal will be assessed on their knowledge of terminology, styles and applicability of the elements and principles. Museum and fashion show trips are planned.   ** [4/5 Periods Per Week] ** 

AR505  Fashion Design II - (Continuation)

  • Pre-requisite Fashion I

This Design course further encompasses the fashion design process from inspiration through production learned in Fashion Design 1. Focus is on developing the fashion silhouette and fabric rendering techniques using a variety of materials. Students will study the interconnectivity between fabric weight/texture and garment representation based on rendered croquis. Principles and creative standards common to all design fields will be introduced. Projects will deal with pragmatic and creative issues. Assignments are progressive so that students will have the opportunity to establish their professional identity. They will utilize a range of media and a variety of techniques to create versatility in their work and portfolio. Additionally, sewing basics will be introduced to students. Students will be exposed to how an historical timeline of fashion is reflective of society. This will help illustrate the ways in which material use has been affected by the technological changes in manufacturing. Museum, fabric store trips, and fashion show trips are planned.   ** [4/5 Periods Per Week] ** 

AR401  Senior Project: Fashion - (Independent Study)

This independent course will be offered to those students who have successfully fulfilled the requirements of the Applied Arts Fashion track. Students interested in participating in this course should begin to discuss the nature of their project with a chosen faculty member in the spring of their junior year. The student will choose an area of concentration and the teacher will act as mentor. All students must submit proposals for their area of study defining their goals and projects. The Art Department faculty will review this proposal and approval will be based on recommendation, merit, and commitment to the arts. The student artwork will reflect a personal statement that serves as a compilation of their fashion studies.  The student will create an individual set of creative, high quality projects for possible use in a portfolio for admission to college.

AR402  Senior Project: Sewing - (Independent Study)

This independent study course will be offered to those students who have successfully fulfilled the requirements of the Applied Arts Fashion track. Students interested in participating in this course should begin to discuss the nature of their project with a chosen faculty member in the spring of their junior year. The student will choose an area of concentration and the teacher will act as mentor. All students must submit proposals for their area of study defining their goals and projects. The Art Department faculty will review this proposal and approval will be based on recommendation, merit, and commitment to the arts. The student artwork will reflect a personal statement that serves as a compilation of their fashion sewing studies. The student will create an individual set of creative, high quality 2-D and 3-D sewing projects for possible use in a portfolio for admission to college.

THE MEDIA & GRAPHIC ARTS SEQUENCE

AR201  Adobe Photoshop: Graphic Design & Digital Photography - Part 1

How is looking through the lens of a camera the same and different from our everyday looking at things in the world? The class will address the art of seeing and the desire to find beauty and form through the lens of a camera. Students will learn about the technical processes involved in black and white photography (film, lighting, composition, shutter speed, developing, printing, enlarging, cropping) as it relates to content, meaning and personal expression.

AR202  Adobe Photoshop: Graphic Design & Digital Photography - Part 2

The focus of this class is digital design using Adobe Photoshop image editing software. Students will learn the fundamentals of image editing (Digital Photos) such as retouching, modification, editing and painting tools. Images will be manipulated into Digital Artworks by utilizing various Tools and Effects: (i.e. Movement, Duplication, Resizing, Painting, Adjustments to Contrast, Lighting, Blending, Color Balance, Texture, Layers and Filters). All of these Tools and Effects will be utilized to intentionally change the appearance of an image, and for various applications, such as creating original visual reference for an artwork. Students will learn to use the tools in Photoshop from the viewpoints of a photographer, illustrator and graphic designer.

AR203  Graphic Design I - (Independent Study)

Students will be introduced to a wide variety of visual communication concepts and tools. Students will learn the fundamentals of typography, design, and layout using traditional methods and digital media. The course will begin with basic design exercises, which will be reinforced with digital media using Photoshop, Illustrator, and other graphic software.

AR204  Graphic Design II: Advertising & Magazine Layout - (Independent Study)

  • Pre-requisite Graphic Design I

This course will build on the foundations and design principles learned in Graphic Design I by working on more advanced projects for the advertising and magazine industry. Students will create ads for products and services, which may include print ads, TV storyboards, posters and promotional items and gain experience in choosing the right headlines and the best font to get their messages across. In addition, they will learn the design skills needed to produce graphics for print, advertising, corporate identity, and other media. Students will complete various design pieces, which can be included in a portfolio for admission to college.

 

 

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Lindsay Briskin
Chairperson of the Art Department, Instructor of AP Art
 
 
 
Alexandra Dammacco
Instructor of Art, Architecture, & Fashion Design
adammacco@nshahs.org
 
 
 
Natalie Nowbakht-Cohen
Instructor of Graphic Design
Art Department Assistant
ncohen@nshahs.org