Middle School Fine Arts
The Department of Fine & Performing Arts at Saint Demetrios Prep strives to educate, create, and inspire young artists to be passionate actors, singers, musicians, visual and graphic artists.
Through a wide variety of educational courses and extracurricular activities, Saint Demetrios Prep provides students interested in the arts with a rigorous and exciting educational experience. Theatrical productions, concerts, art shows, workshops and field trips are just some of the many avenues of instruction that the department offers to its prospective students.
Grade 6-8 Art
Utilizing the NYSED Art curriculum includes not only art production, but also teaching art history, art aesthetics, and art criticism. Projects include two and three-dimensional design with various media.
Art is a required subject for all sixth grade students. It is an extension of the elementary art experience. Students are introduced to projects that reinforce an understanding of the elements of art as they relate to composition. Projects are designed to allow for individual student creativity within designated objectives aimed at student understanding of the visual arts creative process. Artists and art history are included in specific projects to reinforce student comprehension of the role of art in history.
Art is a required subject for seventh grade students. The early secondary program continues to provide an opportunity for the exploration of materials and development of self-expression through a variety of art experiences. In Art 7, students learn how various art activities were developed as part of society. Students are given an opportunity to explore computer graphics and/or multimedia projects. Artists and art history are included in specific projects to reinforce student comprehension of the role of art in history.
Art for eighth grade students. This course will further develop concepts and skills covered in seventh grade. The eighth grade program similarly emphasizes an overview of subject areas, tools and materials, with additional emphasis on individual development and creativity. Students learn to communicate thoughts, develop ideas, and express feelings. Students also learn how to analyze and evaluate their own work and the work of their classmates through class discussion. They will develop pride in their work, and the works of others, as they learn techniques for displaying it. The students are given the opportunity to explore computer graphics and/or multimedia projects. Artists and art history are included in specific projects to reinforce student comprehension of the role of art in history.
Studio in Art is a foundation level art class offered to all high school students, as well as eighth grade advanced students who qualify for the course. Students successfully completing this foundation level art class receive one high school credit, which satisfies the art/music graduation requirement. As an overview of the field of art, it embodies drawing and painting in various media, sculpture, three-dimensional design and computer graphics. Studio in Art is recommended for students who intend to pursue a sequence in the fine arts.
Lecture course designed to introduce students to the elements and history of music. Exploring the music of the past, present and future, students will relate commercial music to classical music and appreciate the musical culture of different places and times. Videos, audio and live concert performances will enhance the musical experience.
This course will provide students with a solid foundation in different dance techniques. Students will also study the origins and development of these dance styles along with learning to recognize various choreographers and praised performers. This course is designed to teach students to express themselves emotionally and creatively as they explore the dance elements of body, space, time and energy.