Arts

Visual Arts

The visual arts program at The Albany Academies

is designed to advance students' ability to discover and develop their own voices through artistic expression. The art program allows students to pursue their interests in a variety of courses that both challenge and stimulate their minds. Our students are frequently recognized for their talent through the opportunity to feature their work at art shows and exhibits throughout the Capital Region.

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  • Lower School

    The visual arts program is focused on building confidence, creativity and problem-solving skills in children.
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  • Middle School

    The Middle School art program provides students with the opportunity to express themselves through a wide range of techniques and media.
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  • Upper School

    Art programs, such as Digital Photography, Ceramics and Advanced Studio art allow students to pursue their interests in a variety of courses that both challenge and stimulate their minds creatively.

Upper School Course Offerings

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  • Advanced Art

    This course is designed for the student who has achieved a certain level of proficiency in art and desires to further his or her study in art, by exploring painting, sculpture, graphic design, and more. The focus enables the student to prepare a body of work that can be used as a college admissions portfolio. Advanced Studio enrollees may use the course to begin portfolio work or simply to advance their skill level. Student Fee $50.
  • AP Photography

  • AP Studio Art

    This course is designed for the Senior who has achieved a certain level of proficiency in art and desires to further his or her study in art, by exploring painting, sculpture, graphic design, and more. The focus enables the student to prepare a body of work that can be used as a college admissions portfolio. Students will be expected to complete the required AP projects and will be graded accordingly. The student fee covers the ordinary cost of materials for drawing, painting, and other materials necessary to complete the AP portfolio. Should a student require extra art materials or unusual supplies, the student is responsible for providing these materials. Student Fee $50.
  • Arts Survey

    This course will cover a trimester of visual arts, a trimester of music, and a trimester of theater and dance. Student Fee $50.00.
  • Basic Design

    Students are introduced to the basic elements and principles of art and design using a variety of materials, including both 2D and 3D. Students learn about color theory, line and form, texture and pattern. Student Fee $50.
  • Ceramics

    In ceramics, students will extend the study of visual arts. The skills they will learn will expand their artistic knowledge analytically, conceptually and technically which will further develop their visual art vocabulary. They will learn introductory pottery skills, such as how to work with clay and how to apply glazes to works in a functional and decorative manner.   students will use a variety of hand building techniques as well as basic throwing techniques to produce works out of art out of clay. Projects will include pinch, slab, and coil methods. The potter’s well will be introduced in the second or third trimester. Student Fee: $50.00
  • Digital Photography

    In Digital Photography students learn a variety of concepts and approaches using a digital camera, camera equipment, and Adobe Photoshop. Students are encouraged to demonstrate their creativity through a range of applied concepts and techniques through project based learning. In addition to developing a personal portfolio, students are presented with opportunities to participate in individual and group exhibits of their works.
  • Drawing & Painting

    Students explore various techniques and styles in charcoal, pencil, pastel, and paint. This course concentrates on developing drawing skills, techniques in painting, and color theory. Students leave the course with the beginnings of a portfolio of artwork. Student Fee $50.
  • Photography I

    Students learn the basics of fine art black-and-white photography. Students learn guiding principles of photography, photocomposition, film processing, and dark room printing techniques through an array of photographic assignments. Students develop their photographic eye through creating art work that is purposeful and meaningful. Furthermore, Photography I students work towards assembling a personal portfolio and are presented with opportunities for individual and group shows.  
  • Photography II

    Throughout the course students will concentrate on the components of film and digital photography including technical skills of photo equipment and computer software program Adobe Photoshop. Students learn guiding principles of photography, photocomposition, film processing, darkroom, and digital darkroom techniques. Students work towards assembling a personal portfolio and are presented with opportunities to participate in individual and group shows. This course includes individual student critiques and or instructional conversations with the teacher, enabling students to learn to analyze and discuss their own artwork.  Photography II students begin developing their own voice as a photographer.   
  • Propaganda in Art/History

    This course examines the relationship of visual art, and especially propaganda, and its then selected other countries, including with the United States. The class explores the ways governments utilize visual art, both overtly and subtly, to sway public opinion. The course explores the period from WWI to the Cold War, first examining Germany, connections with contemporary events, students develop an understanding of the impact of visual art in their lives, as individuals and as part of a collective. Issues of freedom, identity, and art as a vehicle for mass manipulation will be examined in a political context. Students will view art, write interpretations, and read essays and articles that analyze propaganda in context. They also keep a visual journal of contemporary media. For the final project students create an artwork that conveys a strong message or ideal.
  • Studio Art

    During this course, students will explore the basic principles of design.  They will work with line, shape and form then add color, value, space and texture.  They will learn how to use these elements in order to create balance, unity, contrast and rhythm (composition).  The students will apply these elements in paintings, drawing, prints and collages.  Student fee: $50.00.
  • Video Art/Design

    Graphics can make or break a game, and designing them is an important component of video game development. In this class students will be introduced to the principles of game design from the perspective of both the artists and engineers; from the planning and creation of the art resources that determine the look and feel of the game to the actual programming process. Various digital and traditional art techniques will be utilized to design backgrounds and animate the characters. Interactive development environments such as GameMaker will be used to program the games.
     
    Students will be expected to design and create working video games throughout the course of the year. The class will culminate with a final project which will involve specifying, designing and programming a game of the student’s choice, along with its supporting logos and packaging.

Faculty

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Upcoming Arts Events

The Albany Academy

Albany Academy for Girls

Schellenberger Alumni/ae Center