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HS Fine Arts Course Descriptions

Painting, sculpture, drawing, and printmaking are all avenues of self-expression and creativity for the fine artist. Explore these disciplines as well as careers in the applied arts.

HFA 023 Basic Drawing
This introductory course can be your passport to the world of perspective and still-life drawing. You'll develop basic drawing skills, working in both black-and-white and color media. Gallery

HFA 024 Basic Life Drawing
Study basic anatomy and proportion as you develop your drawing ability. You'll sketch a live nude model using quick-and extended-study techniques. Gallery

HFA 083 Portrait Painting for the Beginner
Learn basic techniques, including the use of sketches, for constructing a finished portrait. This course covers both traditional and contemporary artistic approaches.

HFA 097 Basic Sculpture
This course introduces you to figurative sculpture focusing on proportion, composition, content, and sensitivity to the subject. You'll complete two projects, working with live nude models. Gallery

HFA 100 Bridging Painting and Drawing
Pencil to paint, paint to pencil: Learn how to work with crossover mediums to combine drawing and painting techniques in your artwork. You'll work with pencil, ink, oils, and watercolors. (Occasionally, nude models may be used as subjects) Gallery

HFA 141 Cityscapes
The NYC skyline has always inspired artists. Let it spark your creativity as you develop paintings from photos, sketches and on-site observation. When weather permits, you'll work in public spaces like the NY Public Library of 42nd Street and Grand Central Terminal. Your goal is to produce two or three finished paintings during the course. Gallery

HFA 143 Architectural Rendering
Learn how to use basic perspective easily to render architectural styles for buildings and interiors. this class explores the use of one-, two-, and three-point perspectives. Color mixing and color theory are demonstrated through their use within each medium: watercolor, pencil, ink, and mixed-media. Learn how to combine these techniques and media to create portfolio-quality work.

HFA 145 Design/Composition/Color Theory
Discover the principles of design and color theory as you create drawings, paintings, and collages. You'll also explore the roles design and color play in fashion, architecture, advertising, fine arts, and graphic, interior, and surface design. Gallery

HFA 148 Fine Arts Portfolio
Create a first-class portfolio, or perfect your existing portfolio for presentation to college review committees. Develop new skills as you create drawings from live nude models, still lifes, and interiors, using perspective drawing techniques. All drawing media are encouraged. Gallery

Precollege comments: We encourage students to bring their portfolios during the first classes to show the instructor their level of drawing and their personal interests. Instructors will recommend assignments for students to assist them in creating a diverse portfolio.

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