S.C.S.D Arts Department Philosophy
"Art provides unique opportunities to explore and develop ways of knowing, doing, and being. As such, art, as a core subject, ...is a critical component in the development of every child and in multiple ways permeates every aspect of human existence." -U.S. Department of Education
While every student will not be inherently talented within the visual arts, they will be challenged to use their imagination, creativity as well as their knowledge to practice and appreciate the arts and their methods. In our changing global community, students will need to adapt and think innovatively in order to be 21st-century problem solvers. The development of personal aesthetics, assessment, self-reflection, and critical thinking skills is an asset that will be used throughout their lives.
It has been said that a student's education in the arts is the polish that makes their academic experience not only more holistic, but results in them being a more cultured individual.
Some of the objectives of art education at Somers High School are to encourage awareness, to educate the senses, and to promote personal growth and maturity. Through studio-classroom experiences, the student will have an opportunity to explore and experiment with a multiplicity of media, techniques, and styles of creativity. In addition, works of other artists, past and present, will be studied as they relate to art history and art appreciation. Our program is open to all students - those who choose art as preparation for careers as well as those who choose it for personal enrichment.Performing ArtsThe New York State Learning Standards for Music, as well as the National Standards for Music Education, mandate that all students who study music engage in the processes of creating, performing and responding to music. The music program offers a variety of learning settings towards that end. Through music and art department course offerings, students may elect to pursue a 5-unit sequence in music or fine arts.