MHSHS Arts Department
Fine Art Course offerings:
Performance Art Course Offerings:
Art History (2crs; no exam)
This is not a traditional Art History class, but one that all schools and universities should have: A rotating curriculum based on contemporary exhibitions that are studied and seen within the course. Every year we survey a variety of museums in the New York City area, and generally we only study artwork that we can go and see in person. The aim of this course is to make cultural institutions a more relevant part of our students’ lives. Inquiry and critical self-reflection are the key components to the daily instruction in this class. Students learn to look, listen, and debate—not just with others, but with themselves. Additionally, this class provides opportunities for students to participate in the arts. Historically, our students have worked at the Noguchi Museum, Rubin Museum, Studio Museum of Harlem, Museum of Arts and Design, No Longer Empty, Arts Connection, Cooper Union, and New York Historical Society.
Typically Taken By: 10th & 11th grade students
Studio in Art (1 cr; no exam)
This class approaches art making from one key point: We want to unleash the furious amount of diversity that exists in creative problem solving. Diverse materials, methods, subject matters, and diversity in artists. More than anything, this course aims to embody the notion that ARTISTS ARE NOT JUST PEOPLE WHO DRAW PICTURES. We study Photoshop, Video Art, Sculpture, and more. Studio Art is a laboratory for social and political debate: a space for trial and error.
Typically Taken By: 9th & 10th grade students
Art Education with Nick Kozak
See our art teacher, Nick Kozak, share his insights about the work he does in our school via the Guggenheim's Art Educator in Conversation series with Luis Camnizter.
Orchestra (2 crs; no exam; Winter/Spring Performance Required for Grade)
The course carries a performance expectation of a winter event and a spring event. These performances make up exam grades. Learn to play an instrument in our fine arts program! Team building, ear training, musical studies with industry leading professionals! Come and express yourself musically!
Typically Taken By: 10th,11th, and 12th grade students
Performing Arts (2 crs; no exam; Performance expectation in school musical, school play or during Lunchtime performance for Grade)
Welcome to performing arts! In our program we teach team building, public speaking and many other practical life skills that can be applied to real world situations. We cover a broad range of skill sets such as Acting, Directing, Producing for stage, TV and Film. Students learn stage craft (set building), Videography, Sound Design and Special Effects (Digital vs. Practical)
Typically Taken By: 9th, 10th, 11th grade students
*9th grade students are only eligible for performing arts if they have met certain Math and Science requirements.