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Fine Arts

The Fine Art Department at Beacon has a long standing history as a leading arts program within the New York City Public School system. Over the years we have partnered with numerous museums and organizations in and around New York. We have always been especially proud of the connections between our school and the city we live in. Beacon Fine Art serves as an inventive space for curious minds, innovative thinkers and problem solvers. A rigorous experience into the creative process; students are encouraged to explore various materials and methods while building skills and developing an artistic voice. Students work endlessly to develop their studio practice as well as creating informed, diverse and meaningful work. A commitment to better understand the world around us through the lens of visual art and to inspire creative thinking far beyond our school walls, our students go on to attend and have graduated from leading art schools. In addition, many of our art graduates have become successful working artists and have received numerous awards for their outstanding talent and commitment to the arts.

9th Grade Art Studio

This course is a beginner level, fine art experience.  Students explore a varied range of tools, techniques & skills. Students are challenged to develop the strongest possible art making skills while fostering imaginative and interpretive thinking. There is a focus on craft, critique, art history, exhibitions at local museums & galleries as well as current events. The course works as a source of creative problem solving and skill building, as well as a space of inspiration and sharing. Course is a semester-long commitment and culminates with a body of work/portfolio.



Visual Arts Experience 

This course is a guided arts adventure, a roller coaster/theme park ride, twisting and turning through an adventurous visual arts landscape. Students are encouraged to let go and trust in the adventure. Together we explore fun projects, various art tools, techniques, materials and methods. There is an emphasis on critique, creative problem solving & skill building.  As sources of inspiration we explore art history, current events and art happenings in and around NYC, as well as the world at large. There is an emphasis on imaginative and interpretive thinking while engaging in play, exploration and experimentation. Students work to develop a unique and well informed artistic voice through their creative practice.  Students are encouraged to explore various ways of creating while fostering the strongest possible art skills. 


Advanced Art

This course is a beginner/intermediate portfolio prep course. Students explore a varied range of tools, techniques, materials and methods. Students are encouraged and challenged to develop the strongest possible drawing, painting, new media & sculpting skills, while fostering imaginative and interpretive thinking. As students make progress; the emphasis of the coursework shifts from guided experimentation to more individual expression. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on critique, creative problem solving & skill building.  As sources of inspiration we explore art history, current events and art happenings in and around NYC, as well as the world at large. Students work to develop a unique and well informed artistic voice through their creative practice.  Advanced Art is a semester-long commitment and culminates with a coherent body of work/art portfolio. 


Art Honors 

This course is designed for highly motivated and skilled senior art students who may be considering a future in the visual arts. This is a portfolio/college prep course and several requirements must be made prior to the acceptance into this course. The class works as a source of creative problem solving & skill building as well as a space of inspiration.

Students explore a varied range of tools, techniques, materials and methods. Students are encouraged and challenged to develop the strongest possible drawing, painting, new media & sculpting skills, while fostering imaginative and interpretive thinking. Students work to develop a unique and well informed artistic voice through their creative practice and numerous critiques. In this course students learn how to document, edit, upload & present their art portfolio to college representatives, organizations and their peers. As sources of inspiration we explore art history, current events and art happenings in and around NYC, as well as the world at large. As students make progress; the emphasis of the coursework shifts from guided experimentation to more individual expression. Art Honors is a full year commitment and culminates with a coherent body of work/art portfolio as well as an end of year senior thesis art show.