Academics

Art

Department Head: Rehab Abouseada

Department Philosophy
Arts programs at every level strive to impart the fundamental skills necessary for students to solve problems, think critically, engage each other creatively, and feel a sense of accomplishment as individuals and as part of a community. Students develop technical skills and engage with technologies that range from the traditional, to the modern and contemporary. Course offerings increase in sophistication and specificity to include more formal and focused work in, digital media, sculpture and ceramics, and drawing and painting. Through instruction and discussion, students are challenged to sharpen their critical, analytical, and perceptual skills. They are also encouraged to develop standards for appreciating and evaluating the history of Islamic art, both in the world immediately around them and the aesthetic achievements of the past and present.

Standards
The visual art department follows the NJ state standards. The NJ visual art standards can be found at: www.nationalartsstandards.org.

Drawing and Painting

Drawing and painting are basic forms of visual communication and integral skills for artistic expression. This course challenges students to explore styles of drawing and painting throughout art history. Students will be introduced to several 2D media and advanced techniques including: graphite, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, and oil paint. Emphasis will be placed on developing skills necessary for free-hand sketching, rendering, and creative expression. Students will develop skills to creatively solve design problems while communicating personal expressions in each artwork they create. A working sketchbook will be an important part of this course. Students will be asked to maintain and submit their sketchbooks on a regular basis.

Digital Media

Digital imagery and graphic software programs create most of the images we see today. The job market is in need of individuals who know how to use technology and artistic talent to creatively solve design problems. In this course students’ art skills are enhanced through the use of the computer, digital camera, scanner and computer software to create personally expressive original artworks. Units of study include elements & principles of art and design, digital photography, graphic design and illustration. Emphasis will be placed on developing skills necessary for digital photography, non-destructive editing, Adobe PhotoShop, and Adobe Illustrator. Students will gain the most from this course if they have access to a DSLR camera, Adobe PhotoShop, and Adobe Illustrator outside of class. A working sketchbook will be an important part of this course. Students will be asked to maintain and submit their sketchbooks on a regular basis.

Sculpture and Ceramics

This course will focus on the use of clay as a primary material, along with other mixed media, to create three-dimensional sculptures. Units of study include, but are not limited to: functional & non-functional clay pottery, representational & non-representational sculpture, pinch, coil, slab and wheel thrown construction techniques. A working sketchbook will be an important part of this course. Students will be asked to maintain and submit their sketchbooks on a regular basis.

Middle School Art

Students will focus on developing technical and creative skills, which include drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, and collage. They will have the opportunity to experiment and refine skills using a variety of art media. Elements and principles of design will be emphasized in each project. A working sketchbook will be an important part of this course. Students will be asked to maintain and submit their sketchbooks on a regular basis.

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