ADVANCED STUDIO

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW
Advanced Studio in Art provides the interested student a variety of opportunities to explore a wide range of subject matter, themes, and media at an advanced level. Students are encouraged to develop their individual identity as artists through a series of open ended projects. Subjects may involve the Figure, Still Life, and Landscape. Media may include: pencils, ink, pastel, oil pastel, conte crayon, charcoal, acrylic, watercolor, oil paints, paper and any combination of the above. Students will be exposed to realistic as well as abstract approaches to their work. The work from this course will provide the foundation for the Breadth section of the AP Portfolio should students decide to pursue that course of study.

In addition to classwork, this course requires students to maintain a research journal. The Research Journal assignments are designed to provide an opportunity for students to research concepts and ideas independently. Students are required to visit museums and galleries on their own, and reflect upon the work they see with drawings and writings that help them generate ideas for future projects.  The Research Journal counts 10% of the grade, and must be considered an essential element of the coursework. Students are encouraged to see as much original artwork as possible in nearby museums and galleries.

This course is an elective for 11th or 12th grade art students who have completed the prerequisite course of Drawing and Painting.

 GENERAL COURSE OBJECTIVES
The major objectives of Advanced Studio in Art  are:
1. Students will be provided advanced learning experiences as vehicles to explore and use a variety of materials and tools.
2. Students will demonstrate the principles of good design, aesthetics and composition as they pursue the creative process.
3. Students will be encouraged to move beyond the concrete to more abstract levels of exploration and self-expression.
4. Students will realize the importance of being aware of contemporary art movements as well as the established art represented in museums and galleries.
5. Students will be exposed to the process of group critique so they become conscious of their aesthetic judgments. 
6 Students will demonstrate the skills necessary for portfolio preparation and presentation.

 GRADING
Students are assessed on their ability to apply concepts and techniques taught with each lesson. Rubrics outlining the standards for a successful project are reviewed with the class for each major assignment before final grading. In addition, a student’s effort is factored into his/her grade. Because personal growth is an indicator of high effort,  each student is judged according to his/her progress.

The components of the each semester grade are:
70% Class projects
10% Sketchbook/Research Journal
20% Midterm/Final Exam

TEACHER AVAILABILITY
Students are free to use the art facility during their blocks of free time during the day, and  after school. The instructor is available each day for extra help after school until 3:00 PM and by appointment. .Students and parents may contact the instructor through the district telephone line 914-793-6130 x4310, or via e-mail at rsydlowski@eastchester.k12.ny.us.

PORTFOLIO PREPARATION
Students should plan to keep all their work from Advanced Studio in Art through the 12th grade. Exceptional pieces from Drawing and Painting are also acceptable. Colleges are interested in seeing accomplishments of applicants in all areas of expertise; therefore, a student who has completed the sequence in art should present a portfolio of  exceptional works.