• The Arts

    Though Green Island is small, the school district has outstanding programs in music and the arts — evidenced by the strong participation of students and the support these programs get from the wider community.

    Arts Programs

    From kindergarten through high school, Heatly offers quality programs designed to explore the arts — for creative self-expression, for fun, and future career choices. 

    Art Education

    “The arts enhance the process of learning”

    • Exposing students to visual arts will help them build their aesthetic expression and self-confidence.
    • When provided with a positive environment conducive to taking risks, students gain an appreciation for the arts and discover their creative skills.
    • Experience in the arts can play a role in students’ cognitive skill development…skills such as observing, analyzing, interpreting, making judgments, problem-solving and risk-taking are enhanced by art experiences.
    • Visual arts problems are often open to a variety of answers.  Students gain skills in experimenting with processes and trial and error approaches. “Errors” are opportunities to analyze what works and what to adjust.
    • Each student’s unique way of seeing, developing ideas and individual use of techniques is valuable in the arts.
    • In visual arts the desire suggests a basic talent, instruction provides the “language” of art, and practice provides students with the examples to see his or her aesthetic growth.

    Art at the Elementary Level

    The primary goal of Heatly’s elementary art program is to assist the students in developing an appreciation for and understanding of the various art disciplines and to explore the art forms as an opportunity for personal expression. Students will be introduced to a variety of hands-on activities and experiences that develop perceptual, creative, and motor skills. Art class also provides a time for problem-solving and exploration with a wide range of art materials and tools. Caring for classroom supplies, respecting the work of others, achieving independence and learning to communicate through art are stressed.  

    Elementary art instruction is provided for each child beginning in kindergarten through sixth grade. Classes are forty five minutes and meet once a week. Parents and families are encouraged to assist in their child’s artistic development by creating and maintaining an exhibition space at home for children’s artwork and talking about their creations.

    Grade 7 Art  (Half Year Course: 1/2 credit)

    The primary goal of the art program in the junior high is to allow students to continue to develop an appreciation for and understanding of various art disciplines and to continue exploring the art forms as an opportunity for personal expression. Instruction builds on the foundation of the art curriculum at the elementary level and prepares students for high school study in art. The curriculum is built upon the elements and principles of art and design, and projects are presented in a problem-solving manner. Students learn to examine and respond critically to the artwork of the great masters and various cultures. They are exposed to a wide range of materials through a series of hands-on activities. The class meets every day for a 20 week period.

    Graduation Requirements

    New York State requires all students to successfully achieve one credit of art or music for graduation. Studio Art is the prerequisite to all other high school art courses. An introductory foundation course, Studio Art is designed to address the New York State Standards for Art Education at the commencement level while providing an overview of the major areas of concentration in visual and fine art. The standards are:

    • Standard 1 – Students will actively engage in the processes that constitute creation and performance in the arts.
    • Standard 2 – Students will be knowledgeable about and make use of the materials and resources available for participation in the arts in various roles.
    • Standard 3 – Students will respond critically to a variety of works in the arts, connecting the individual work to other works and to other aspects of human endeavor and thought.
    • Standard 4 – Students will develop an understanding of the personal and cultural forces that shape artistic communication and how the arts, in turn, shape the diverse cultures of past and present society.

    Studio in Art (Full-Year Course: 1 Credit)

    This studio course is a comprehensive foundation for all secondary school art. Students will have brief exposure to 2 and 3-dimensional art, including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, design, history, and computer art. The exposure to these areas in the excitement of a studio atmosphere will encourage the development of concepts and skills in the visual arts and appreciation of world arts and cultures. The course is further designed to develop an understanding of art for students as a life- long learning and engagement process. Students will discover the many ways in which they can be artists.  

    Studio in Drawing and Painting/Advanced Art (Full-Year Course: 1 Credit) 

    The Drawing and Painting course is designed for students whose primary interest in art lies in two-dimensional expression. Its concern is with drawing, painting and printmaking mediums and their skills and concepts. Its purpose is to provide an opportunity for the acquisition and development of basic draftsmanship, composition and the application of color theory. Its scope includes acquisition of basic drawing skills and painting skills, composition, and the use of several media including acrylics, oils, charcoal, mixed media, pencil and watercolor. 

    Prerequisite: Studio Art 

    Advanced Independent Art  (Full-Year Course: 1 Credit)

    This course is only open to those students choosing art as a career. This is an advanced class only for the highly motivated student who has maintained at least a B average in preparatory courses and has previous experience in the subject area chosen. 

    Prerequisite: Advanced Art/Drawing and Painting