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.
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.
- Advanced Clayworks
- Exploring Studio in Art
- Drawing & Painting
- Advanced Drawing & Painting
- Advanced Photography
- Fashion Art & Design
- Portfolio Prep
- AP Studio Art: Drawing
A fun introductory course where students learn basic ceramic skills and techniques through creative projects. These projects allow students to gain knowledge about local contemporary ceramic artists, become more aware of specific elements and principles of design, as well as learn about different cultures. 1 semester, 4 days/cycle, alpha, level 1.
This is a secondary level course that allows students to expand their skills from Clayworks by challenging themselves with more demanding techniques and conceptual projects. Students also have the opportunity to learn how to throw on the ceramic wheel. Prerequisite: Clayworks. 1 semester, 4 days/cycle, alpha, level 1.
This is a great class to take as an introduction to the Fine Arts Department and to begin developing a portfolio of artwork. Students will experiment and increase their skill with a variety of art mediums, including drawing and painting, while also being introduced to many contemporary artists. 1 semester, 4 days/cycle, alpha, level 1
Continue to practice and refine the skills acquired in Photography and experiment with alternative darkroom processes. Assignments allow for more creativity as students are directed toward personal projects and encouraged to begin developing their own photographic style. 1 semester, 4 days/cycle, alpha, level 1.
This course is for students who have a strong artistic drive, would like to further challenge themselves in art, or would like to apply to Art and Design schools. Within this course senior students will develop an individual portfolio of work, to submit to the AP Board and for use in their college application process. Student will learn to push their work conceptually, strengthen and further develop the skills they already have and grow with their artistic passion. Prerequisites: Drawing & Painting, Advanced Drawing & Painting and one other course in the Fine Arts Department (ie. Photography, Clayworks, etc.) 1 year, level 4.
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
- Basic Piano Class
- Advanced Piano Class
- Beginning Music Theory
- Theater Basics
- Theater Arts
- Musical Theater
- Dance Fitness Jam
- Chamber Choir
- Intermediate Piano
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.
Students will learn all that goes into staging, choreographing, directing, and producing a theater piece. This class will expose students to acting, dance, stage management, lighting, sound, properties, ticket sales management, program design, and promotion. No prerequisite required. Fall semester, 4 days/cycle, alpha, level 1.
This is a smaller ensemble that sings diverse and challenging repertoire in a variety of languages. An emphasis is placed on elevating music reading skills and performance techniques to an advanced level through standard and custom choral literature. Students in this class should have previous choral ensemble experience, exhibit solid music reading skills and have a working knowledge of vocal techniques. By audition only. 1 year, 4 days/cycle, alpha level 1.
This class is for students who have already taken Basic Piano to continue their studies, or for students who had previously taken piano outside of school who no longer take lessons. All students receive individualized instruction within the group setting. Twice a semester, the students will give a recital to showcase their work. Prerequisite: Basic Piano Class or prior experience. 1 semester, 4 day/cycle, alpha level 1.