Visual and Performing Arts
Arts in Education programs have long been valued learning experiences in New York State schools. The State's magnificent arts and cultural institutions (museums, libraries, historical sites, performing arts companies, and teaching artists) support and enrich school curriculum across the New York State learning standard areas. Current research demonstrates that integrating the Arts into general education throughout the learning process, in addition to sequential teaching in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts, significantly enhances students' cognitive, personal, and social abilities.
Arts in Education programming is an important component of the State Education Department's efforts to raise student achievement for all and close gaps in student performance.
New York State Education Department, Curriculum and Instruction on “Arts in Education” http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/arts/aie/home.htmlAll students should include art as part of their curriculum. The New York State Standards for the Arts require the arts (art and/or music) to be part of the requirement for graduation.Visual Arts
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.