At 700 West Ferry Street, home to our Toddler and Early Childhood Montessori programs, an appreciation for visual art is part of daily life.
Each of the classrooms is named for a famous painter: Monet, Matisse, and Klee. Within the classroom, art is manifest. It is incorporated into all of the areas of the curriculum, and is experienced throughout the day.
The Nardin Elementary visual arts program regularly enriches the student's school day. Students are encouraged to explore individual imagination, express themselves, and be creative.
Our kindergarten students begin experimenting with materials, while Grades 1-4 advance to elements of art: color, form, line, shape, space and texture. Our art program is cross-curricular, as students learn not only art, but history, problem-solving, anatomy, and nature.
Grade 5 begins with the art of illustration and as students learn about pictures and stories, they also advance to three-dimensional art and concepts, including sculpting, collage, and paper-mache. Projects are informed by the history of art and students focus on artists such as James Audubon, Norman Rockwell, Maurice Sendak, and N.C. Wyeth.
Grade 6 focuses on drawing skills throughout the year in order to build confidence. Each two-dimensional project focuses on new materials including scratch boards, pen and ink, pastels, or oil pastels.
Grade 7 allows students to explore who they are and how to express themselves. The school year focuses on self-portraits, yet student's learn that a physical likeness is not the only way to create a self-portrait. From paper-mosaics, to still life drawings to altered photographs, students embrace each other's individuality.
Grade 8 provides each student with the tools they need to to have an informed opinion of art: describing, analyzing, interpreting, and judging. Students also continue lessons in color mixing, perspective, painting, and three-dimensional art.
After School Art Class
Our Art Program also offers an opportunity to stay for After School Art Class two times a week.
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.
- Portfolio Prep
- Fashion Art & Design
- Interior Art & Design
- Advanced Clayworks
- Drawing & Painting
- Advanced Drawing & Painting
- 3D Scupture
- Exploring Studio in Art
- Traditional Photography
- Traditional Advanced Photography
This course is opened for juniors and seniors who have high interest in pursuing art and design in college. Portfolio Prep gives them background knowledge on art portfolios as well as creative projects that result in artworks they can use in their portfolios. All artwork is photographed for the student.