Fine Arts

Girl in darkroom

Nardin Academy's 2011 completion of the Fatta Center for the Arts, encompassing art and dance studios, an orchestra room and a full music facility, reflects our commitment to the integration of the arts into our curriculum. The arts faculty is dedicated to encouraging students to discover and develop their artistic interests and potential, with the overall goal of preparing our students for the challenges of the 21st century.

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts curriculum at Nardin Academy contains a variety of creative and conceptual projects where students are able to express their artistic talents through multiple art forms. Students are recommended and encouraged to exhibit their artwork in many shows and competitions throughout many Western New York galleries, as well as our own Fine Arts Show that takes place once a year.

Clayworks

This course will explore the various aspects of pottery, which may include: hand-built pots, sculpting, and jewelry-making.

Fee $55.00. 1 semester, 4 days/cycle, alpha, level 1.

Advanced Clayworks

Everyone loves clayworks! This course is for the students who wish to expand their skills and interest from Clayworks and challenge themselves with more demanding techniques. Advanced Clayworks will incorporate faces and bodies into projects. Prerequisite: Clayworks. Fee $55.00 1semester, 4 days/cycle, alpha, level 1.

Exploring Studio in Art

If you are unsure what to take, look no further! This is a great class to take as an introduction to many art forms. Students will be able to experiment with many art mediums, such as: drawing, painting, sculpting, working with clay, and much more. Students will also gain knowledge of contemporary artists! Fee: $45.00 1 semester, 4 days/cycle, alpha, level 1

Drawing & Painting

Study the basics of drawing through such media as charcoal, pastels, ink, pencil, and washes. Emphasis on different techniques of painting such as acrylics, watercolors, and oils. Fee $45.00. 1 semester, 4 days/cycle, alpha, level 1.

Advanced Drawing & Painting

A continuation for the enthusiastic student. This course gives students with basic skills the opportunity to develop their own styles through expressive works in different mediums. Prerequisite: Drawing & Painting. Fee $45.00. 1 semester, 4 days/cycle, alpha, level 1.

Traditional Photography

Open to juniors and seniors. Learn how to shoot with a manual 35mm SLR film camera and gain understanding of camera settings, lighting, exposures, film, composition, and elements of art. Acquire all necessary skills for film developing and negative printing in the darkroom. Once you have mastered these skills you will explore creating art through photography. This course is a prerequisite for Traditional Advanced Photography and Digital Photography. All equipment including cameras will be provided. Fee $100.00. 1 semester, 4 days/cycle, alpha, level 1.

Traditional Advanced Photography

The fine art of photography taken to a much more creative level using alternative processes in the darkroom. Learn techniques such as hard coloring, multiple exposures, Polaroid transfers, negative manipulation, and colored toning. All equipment including cameras will be provided. Prerequisite: Traditional Photography. Fee $100.00. 1 semester, 4 days/cycle, alpha, level 1.

Printmaking

This course offers the opportunity to create artwork using a unique variety of materials and techniques. Explore and experiment with different printmaking processes, including monoprint, etching, linocut, and screen printing. Students will use carving tools, stamps, stencils, paints, inks and other materials throughout this course. 1 semester, 4 days/cycle, alpha, level 1.

Fashion Art & Design

Learn sketching figure and textile designs through the study of basic proportions, garment details, and principles of colors. Also explores the history of fashion design and styles. Fee: $45.00 1 semester, 4 days/cycle, alpha, level 1

Interior Art & Design

Students will learn how the interior design process works, from concept to client presentation. Learn how to use color theory, the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design to create a successful room design. Create idea boards, floor plans, color schemes, and select surface and furniture samples. 1 semester, 4 days/cycle, alpha, level 1.

3D Scupture

This exciting class gives the student the opportunity to create three dimensional forms, figures and faces using a variety of materials such as wire, paper mache, cardboard, and fabric. A great exercise for the imagination! Fee $45.00 1 semester, 4 days/cycle, alpha, level 1.

Portfolio Prep

Open to juniors and seniors. This class is for students interested in pursuing a degree or career in fine arts or design. The course is tailored to each student’s individual needs. 1 semester, 4 days/cycle, alpha, level 1.

Performing Arts

Nardin Academy’s Performing Arts curriculum encompasses a wide variety of interests and allows the student to pursue her artistic passion. All students have the opportunity to showcase their talents through numerous concerts and performances during the year at beautiful theaters and auditoriums throughout Western New York.

String Orchestra

Performance based group for string students with instrumental experience. Recommended for intermediate and advanced instrumental students. One lesson per cycle is required. May be repeated for credit. Full year. 3 days/cycle, alpha, level 1.

Band

Performance based group for wind and percussion students with instrumental experience. Recommended for intermediate and advanced instrumental students. One lesson per cycle is required. May be repeated for credit . Full year. 3 days/cycle, alpha, level 1.

Choir

Performance based group for students with regularly scheduled rehearsals during the school day. One lesson per cycle is required. Audition required. May be repeated for credit. 1 yr, 3 days/cycle, alpha, level 1.

Basic Piano Class

For students with little or no piano background. Students will learn elementary piano techniques and will be able to play two-handed music by the end of the semester. This is an individualized course where students may work at their own pace. 1 semester 4 day/cycle, alpha, level 1.


Advanced Piano Class

This class will focus on hands playing independently and on classical music. Students will receive individualized instruction within the group setting. Students will give a recital each quarter. Prerequisite – Basic Piano or by audition. 1 semester, 4 days/cycle, alpha, level 1.

Beginning Music Theory

Course deals with beginning and rudimentary aspects of music including note recognition, clefs, scales, chords, key signatures, melody, harmony, and ear training. Students signing for this course must be in Band, Orchestra or Choir, or have had significant outside music experience. 1 semester, 4 days/cycle, alpha, level 1.

Theater Basics

A study of true acting using games, improvisations, scenes, and a final performance. No prerequisite required. All work is done during class time. 1 semester, 4 days/cycle, level 1.

Theater Arts

A study of acting technique, character development, duets, monologues, production and a final performance. No prerequisite required. All work is done during class time. 1 semester, 4 days/cycle, level 1.

Dance

An all around practice of jazz, tap, ballet, modern and hip-hop at beginner levels, as well as musical theater performance. 1 semester, 4 days/cycle, alpha, level 1.

Choreography

Discover what goes into creating fundamental dance pieces, and music theater performances. This class will touch on the audition process, creating choreography, musical staging, and the production behind the scenes. 1 semester, 4 days/cycle, alpha, level 1

Zumba

Time to ditch the workout, and join the party! Zumba is an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health. 1 semester. 4 days/cycle, alpha, level 1