Art Department

Welcome to the Monroe-Woodbury High School Visual Arts and Theatre Department. The program is designed to awaken and unleash creativity. The diverse coursework develops artistic skills and allows students to acquire knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the artistic and cultural accomplishments of various civilizations.

Course offerings range from computer animation and graphics to sculpture and painting, acting and stagecraft to photography and crafts. The courses are “hands on” and fun. M-W staff works with students to teach them the process involved in functional, performance-based or aesthetic creativity. The department provides an environment where students may realize a sense of personal integrity and success in the development of their individual abilities and skills. Whenever possible, field trips to regional museums enhance classroom learning and exposures.

For those students interested in majoring in Art, M-W offers many sequences and advanced courses in the Fine Arts, Media Arts, and Theatre Arts. Staff members serve as mentors for Senior Art Majors and guides students through the college application, portfolio review and senior art exhibit process. For information, visit What is an Art Major?

Listing of courses in Art, which can also be found at:


Foundation level courses include Creative Crafts, Animation, Design and Drawing for Production, Acting, Stagecraft, Studio Art, Introduction to Sculpture, Photography and Art History & Appreciation. These serve as Prerequisites for Advanced work in a variety of courses, including those required for all students who are planning a Regents Diploma sequence with a major in Art.

Department Chair approval is required for all students who wish to take a course without fulfilling the prerequisites.

Students acquiring five units of credit in Visual Art may be exempt from the World Languages graduation requirement.

Please note:  Only Foundation level Art courses are permitted to be used to meet the one credit Art/Music graduation requirement.


All students wishing to use Art as a sequence must prepare an approved Art portfolio as well as participate in the 1 credit Senior Art Seminar that includes the Portfolio Show, Domain Project, and Oral Defense. The three or five-unit Art sequence meets the New York State Education Department requirement as stated under the Graduation Requirements. Note: The three-credit Art sequence cannot be used in lieu of any other graduation requirements.

A three-credit Art sequence must include:

  • Studio Art and Intro to Sculpture  –  1 credit
  • Senior Seminar  –  1 credit

A Five-Credit Art Sequence includes:

Monroe-Woodbury High School awards all qualified five-credit sequence Visual Art Majors with the NYS Regents High School Diploma of Distinction in the Arts.  The requirements for this diploma include:

  • Studio Art and Intro to Sculpture –  1 credit
  • Art History & Appreciation –  1/2 credit
  • Senior Art Seminar –  1 credit
  • Elective courses –  minimum of 2 1/2 credits

Portfolio Preparation course

This course is highly recommended. Specific information is available from the Art Department.

Students pursuing a three or five-credit sequence in Theatre Arts are required to take:

  • Stagecraft/Set Design
  • Acting
  • Advanced Acting

Please note:  Only Foundation level Art courses are permitted to be used to meet the one credit Art/Music graduation requirement.