• Art Department Philosophy and Goals

    Our community

    Hastings-on-Hudson is a community that strongly supports creativity. Many visual artists, writers, performers and musicians have been drawn to our small but notable Rivertown, and the art department proudly identifies with their influence on the culture of our village.

    Our students

    In keeping with the Hastings-on-Hudson District Philosophy Statement, the visual arts teaching staff recognizes the unique nature of each learner, as well as the importance of each student being valued as a cooperative member of a larger group. We strive to create a non-judgmental and supportive atmosphere among students, and promote the validity of personal artistic expression.Collaborative projects, peer-to-peer skill coaching, evaluations and critiques instill respect and appreciation for individual differences.

    Our belief

    Art is fundamental to the educational process, and all students can have meaningful learning experiences in the visual arts. Art Education helps develop critical and creative thinking skills, while promoting the growth of personal understanding. The visual arts encourage aesthetic development and generate appreciation for new social and emotional experiences with individuals,groups, societies and cultures.

    Our goal

    The art department supports a visual arts curriculum that will enhance the education of all of our students, from kindergarten through high school, and strongly support those students who may pursue further arts education and/or a career in the visual arts. It is our goal to produce self-expressive, visually literate,creative individuals who have the ability to look at, appreciate and discuss the visual arts.

     
     

    Middle School Art Sequence

    Grade

    Level

    #  Meetings

    year

    1. Performance

    2.  Materials

    3. Analyze/Interpret

    4. Cultural/Historical

    5

    30x

    Painting

    Sculpting

    Drawing

    Acrylics

    Fire Clay/Glazes

    Colored Pencils

    Elements of Art

    Design Principles

    Abstract

    Representational

    Geometric

    Organic

    6

    45x

    Print Making

    Coloring

    Sculpting

    Latex/Inks

    Pencils/Markers

    Fire Clay/Glazes

    Design Principles+

    Perspective

    Symmetry

    Composition

    Prehistory

    Native Americans

    Greek/Roman

     

    7

    90x

    Printmaking

    Drawing

    Sculpting

    Collage-making

    Latex/Inks

    Pencil/Markers

    Oil Pastels

    Fire Clay/Glazes

    Pen/Ink

    Elements of Art

    Principles of Design:

    perspective

    Native Americans

    Classic Islamic

    8

    45x

    Drawing

    Sculpting

    Collage-making

    Pencil/Markers

    Oil Pastels

    FireClay/glazes

    Elements of Art

    Design Principles

    Contemporary Graphic Design

     

    Utilitarian vs. Personal Expression