Introduction to Studio Art with Ms de Bethune
I hope that all you Juniors are excited about taking Art. You may have been waiting for Art since ninth grade, and or you may be dreading it. But all of you have the capacity to do well. No one is graded on “talent”, but on hard work and enthusiasm. So open your minds and imaginations; you will enjoy and thrive in this class.
This is a survey studio course, and we work on approximately five or six projects each year. Some are two-dimensional and some three dimensional. We do some collage, some paper engineering, some drawing, some painting and/or printmaking, some assemblage, and some sculpture. For more information about each project, go to the projects page.
As you can see, in this class we make things. You will be using your hands.
We will explore some basic visual arts concepts, and expand your visual “vocabulary” so you can "think like artists."
We will also connect our projects to various Art Historical movements and/or great artists.
Some of this will take place as homework assignments. You will have two each marking period.
And, as part of this exploration, you will be asked to write a paper about an Art object or Art Movement each semester.
Grades: Interim grade averages and marking period grades will be posted on Jupiter. Marking period and semester grades and comment will be handed out to you in class about the time you receive your report cards.
HSAS Art Gallery • Please check out our gallery of HSAS student art to see what kind of art has been generated down here in our sub-basement studio by your classmates and students who have gone before you.
Want to Make More Art? Why Make Art?
Some students love the visual arts, and would like learn more than we can teach at HSAS. Look here for an extensive list of organizations in New York City that offer art classes for teens. Many of these programs are offer scholarships. If you have any questions about taking additional art course, please talk to me.
If you think you would like to apply to art school for college, please talk to me as soon as possible, even if you are not yet scheduled to take Art. Art schools require portfolios, and you need some time to create and assemble them.
Opportunities for Young Artists
Whitney Museum of American Art
Get involved with the Whitney’s Teen Programs! Youth Insights (YI) is an after-school and summer program that connects New York City high school students to art and artists. We also offer drop-in programs and events throughout the year. Find out more below.
Why is it important to make and appreciate the arts? Everyone asks me this question once they realize that they have to pass Art in order to graduate. Here are a few reasons why.
• Making Art develops good problem solving skills, teaches you how to think in unexpected and flexible ways, and how to persist.
• Humans are inately creative; developing habits of creative thinking will enrich every other aspect of your life.
• The Visual Arts are a record, throughout history, of human experience and feeling; learn about it and become a part of it.
Read more about the value of the Visual Arts.
“The artist's world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.”