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Art

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.

Ezra Elliott - Chairperson  
elliotte@hohschools.org

Nate Morgan - Art Teacher
morgann@hohschools.org

 

• 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

Fire Clay/glazes

Elements of Art

Design Principles

Contemporary Graphic Design

 

Utilitarian vs. Personal Expression