Hackensack School District

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HHS Art Philosophy and Goal:


Art can enrich the lives of individuals, families and communities. Our goal is to cultivate a supportive environment for Art to flourish and the human spirit to soar.


All art classes-


Why is art a valuable subject for students, teens, and even adults? Art helps to:


  • Teach learners to be more tolerant and open.
  • Allow learners to express themselves creatively
  • Promote individuality, bolster self confidence, and improve overall academic performance.
  • Help all students develop more appreciation and understanding of the people and the world around them.
  • Help students develop a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance, goal setting, communication skills, and teamwork-skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond.
  • Strengthens student problem solving and critical thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement and school success.
  • Help students develop a positive work ethic and pride in a job well done


Lessons the Art classes Teach Us

The arts teach students to make good judgments about qualitative relationships.
Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it
is judgment rather than rules that prevail.

The arts teach students that problems can have more than one solution
and that questions can have more than one answer.

The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.

The arts teach students that in complex forms of problem solving
purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity.
Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.

The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.

The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
Looking at the big picture

The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
All art forms employ some means through which images become real.

The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.
When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.

The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source
and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.


Visual art is essential to human development. Artistic achievements have been with us since long before the printed word; art has been called our first language. Through inquiry into thru origins and traditions of art, students become more literate. They learn about concept, cultural traditions, historical perspectives and the progress of civilizations. This promotes student understanding and enables them to shape their visual environment while enriching their experience in the present and future.



Marking period Grade


MP grades are determined in the following manner:

60% -Effort and Time on task




Behavior Expectations


 Students are advised to treat the art rooms like their homes. They are expected to be respectful, responsible, safe, cooperative, hard-working, and peaceful. These expectations apply not only to the physical space, but to their peers and teachers alike. Students should be aware that their attitude contributes to the collective climate of the classroom


School and community art shows

Each student is encouraged to save all their artwork at home upon completion and grading. Often, opportunities for exhibitions both in school and in the community occur and students are offered the opportunity to display their work








All students in AP should log on to AP central@
There are design portfoliosamples of student work.
Section 1 quality
section 2 concentration
section 3 Breath
READ through information and look at as many portfolios for samples of styles and unique concentrations so you can.  Familiarize yourself with the various processes, developing a portfolio: a body of work throughout the year with the use of design elements & principles we will be working with.
 keep all printed handouts
current projects to date should include :
abstract mark making charcoal design- four images -larger repetitive design
portrait references to be included & incorporated into free association background
free projects generated at home
entries into personal ongoing sketchbook
collect imagery to be placed in collaged paper
self portrait from observation
observational still life of geometric forms incorportaed into unique composition
ARTISTS to be referenced
personal conferences with each student will include researching artists reflecting similar style-
critical presentation to class explaining personal work by each student
group critiques of fellow students work to develop constructive critism
TREE SYMBOLISM PROJECT- imagery relating to trees incorporating a message
PORTRAITof someone in class from observation- also a portrait of someone at home to be completed as a final piece
the concentration projects ongoing throughout year should be generated by student with work done at home as well as classroom
JOURNALS & SKETCH BOOKS SHOULD BE DRAWN IN EVERYDAY to generate more free projects from original ideas -students responsible for research on artists of their choosing that relate to their style of art-teacher student conferences every day- 5 or 10 minute discussion to prepare for project critics and class assessment of work

students will create two different leaf compositions using natural sources of autumn leafs - experimenting with watercolors and textures as well as color combinations and designs
-tree surreal composition -creating a unique depiction of a symbolic tree utilizing surrealistic concepts- landscape design incorporating unique techniques reflecting  dreams or nightmares generated from magazine imagery recomposed ,edited , & arranged in the horizon-
focusing on Frida Khalo -Salvador Dali-
PROCESS includes gathering random images from various sources and saving collage clippings for making dreamy & mysterious compositions for interpretive picture prompts -This  imagery created will be used for writing assignments. Surrealistic collages and writing generated by original class artwork.

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