Visual Arts


Through art education, students develop visual literacy, learning to perceive and respond to the visual world with increased awareness and discriminating judgment. Education in the visual arts is an important place in a balanced school curriculum.

Larsen, DeJesus selected for Opalka Gallery Regional Art Show

Carroll Hill/School 16 Empire State Plaza Art Show 2024

2023 Victorian Stroll Art Exhibit

Several Troy student artists were included in the NYSATA Exhibit at the 2023 NYSSBA Convention in Buffalo, NY.


TCS students explore silk screen printing

AP Art Students visit the Opalka Gallery

Student Artists Featured at BOE Art Exhibit

Troy students win statewide Olympics of the Visual Arts


Elementary Art

Elementary school students receive general art instruction once per week.  Students participate in additional programs such as Art Enrichment, Mindful Art (School2) and community art events.  Students participate in at least 2 district-wide art exhibits each year.

Middle School Art

At the middle school level, students will actively engage in various art activities including: art production, art criticism or critiquing, and exploration of art history and different artistic movements.  Students will be given the opportunity to experience a wide variety of art media and develop techniques in their own work while studying and developing a deeper visual literacy of the Elements and Principles of Art and Design.

High School Art

Students are able to choose many art courses at the high school level:

Jump to (on this page):  Studio Art | Advanced Art Technology | Advertising and Design | Ceramics/Sculptures | Creative Crafts | Digital Drawing | Digital Photography | Drawing and Painting | Fashion Textiles

Studio Art

1 Year, 1 Credit, Grade 9-12

This course is recommended for non-art majors and all students striving to receive Regents credit in art.  Studio Art is a foundation prerequisite for all secondary art courses.  This course will cover drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, graphics and art criticism.  Students will start to build the foundation to develop a solid art portfolio, and will be able to understand the elements and principles of art.  By taking this program students should be able to understand and critique artwork as well as make informed decisions when approaching art projects in the future.

Advanced Art Technology

½ Year, ½ Credit, Grade 10-12


This course will focus on refining and developing a visual art portfolio. Students will work on advanced studio techniques based on individual aptitude and need.  Most of the focus will be on individual art work and critical analysis.  The goal is for all artwork to be placed in a portfolio.  Students will work on figure drawing, three dimensional artwork, painting skills, and mixed media.  Each student will be expected to provide their own portfolio case and any media devices used in storing digital artwork.  This course is recommended to any student working toward a Regents Diploma in Art and proceeding to the college level.  This course can be repeated for credit.

Advertising and Design

½ Year, ½ Credit, Grade 10-12


Students will be exposed to investigation, creation, the application of advertising design and the development of advertising campaigns.  This course will focus on creative strategies as they are applied to advertising, as well as the advertising design process.  This course will also include creative team interaction, individual brainstorming techniques, and detailed research.


½ Year, ½ Credit, Grade 10-12


This class is designed for students who have an interest in clay and 3D art, giving students experiences in making functional as well as sculptural pieces, using a variety of techniques. Well thought out forms, designs, and functional uses along with good craftsmanship are emphasized. The students will learn about unique sculpture forms from different cultures and contemporary artists as well as the role of sculpture throughout history.

Creative Crafts

 ½ Year, ½ Credit, Grade 10 to 12


Students will learn about different art styles and handicrafts from various countries.  They will explore the use of various materials to create items such as baskets, mosaics and everything in between.  The students will learn the meaning behind the art and how to recreate it.

Digital Drawing

1 Year. ½ Credit, Grade 10 to 12


Digital Drawing will focus on digital illustration and mixed media art creation using programs in the Adobe Creative Cloud. Students will become familiar with state of the art digital drawing methods and techniques. They will develop their own digital art style and build a digital portfolio. Working on a digital platform allows students to expand their uses of their art talents through digital media. All students will work with digital drawing tablets, Adobe photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator.

Digital Photography Course Option:

1 Year. ½ Credit, Grade 10 to 12


This course will help the students become well rounded in the fundamentals of digital photography.  Four areas of instruction will be emphasized: How cameras work, how composition works, how lighting works, how to use photo editing software. Students will, generally, receive basic instruction, demonstration, and see samples of the desired outcomes, at the beginning of each period.  They will be allowed to go outside and shoot assignments (after school, homework), based on what they are learning.  Perhaps the most useful part of classroom instruction will be daily reviews of photos students have shot the previous day(s).  They will see what makes a successful photo and what does not.

Drawing and Painting

½ Year, ½ Credit, Grade 10-12


Students will further their ability and understanding of 2-D art.  The first quarter is dedicated to the principles of design by completing a variety of drawing projects.  Students will develop a strong sense of design through decision-making and problem-solving projects that may include media such as, graphite, oil pastel, colored pencil, chalk pastel, and charcoal.  The second quarter is devoted to developing painting skills and techniques using acrylic paints.  Students will explore the style of many artists throughout history, while developing their own paintings.  The subjects considered and studied are: landscapes, still-life, the figure and abstraction.

Fashion Textiles

½ Year, ½ Credit, Grade 10-12


Students will learn how to illustrate fashion by focusing on figure proportion, fashion styles, color theory, and textiles.  Different areas of fashion will be covered such as everyday outfits, costumes, and special event wear.  Students will work on designing fashion illustrations for books, magazines, product design and other areas of advertisement.