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 Garments created by Huntington Fashion Design & Illustration III students.
January 23, 2023

Fashion Design Students Display Exceptional Creativity

Huntington High School’s Fashion Design & Illustration program is located in an oversized classroom on the lower level of the building. It’s a somewhat out-of-the-way spot, but nevertheless the spotlight recently found a number of students who are displaying exceptional creativity.

 An spectacular example of gobo lighting by Jack Semelsberger.
December 23, 2022

Huntington Photographers Learn About Gobo Lighting

Huntington High School photography students learned all about gobo lighting during a recent lesson. The term is short for “go between optics” and the teenagers in the class quickly went about striving to master the concept.

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December 14, 2022

Brian Stellato Appointed Director of Fine & Performing Arts

Huntington School Board members have appointed Brian Stellato to serve as Huntington UFSD director of fine and performing arts effective December 13. He has been the department’s coordinator since April.

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December 9, 2022

Huntington Artists Visit Heckscher Museum

A group of Huntington High School student-artists and their teachers visited the Heckscher Museum of Art, participating in a guide tour of a current the seventh annual Long Island Biennial juried exhibition and browsing through some of the collection that’s on display. This is the first of several trips by students.

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December 5, 2022

Levitation Photography Produces Stunning Images

A lesson on “levitation photography” and subsequent assignment resulted in exceptional images captured and edited by Huntington High School students.

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November 28, 2022

Spectacular Black & White Photos by Introductory Students

These kids get it. While they are really just learning all the ins and outs of snapping photographs with a camera, the Huntington High School students enrolled in Introductory to Photography with art teacher Pamela Piffard are off to a sensational start with their first roll of black and white film.

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November 15, 2022

Advanced Photographers Create Multi-Person Images

Huntington High School is filled with creative kids. The teenagers taking Advanced Photography with art teacher Pamela Piffard are among the most gifted.

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November 10, 2022

Gabriella Miller’s Photo Evokes Wonder and Curiosity

Gabriella Miller is one of Huntington High School’s most creative seniors. She’s a delightful young woman with an artistic flair that few can match.

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November 7, 2022

Aisy Franciscovich Creates Exceptional Block Print Artwork

Aislyn Franciscovich is one of Huntington High School’s best young artists. The senior exudes creativity and possesses an ability to articulate her point of view in a way that few can match.

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October 31, 2022

H-ton Duo Exhibiting Art at Nightmare on Main Street

A pair of sensational Huntington High School students have been tapped to display their artwork in the Huntington Arts Council’s Nightmare on Main Street exhibit.

 Huntington art teacher Kasmira Mohanty with her artwork at the Heckscher Museum.
October 4, 2022

Huntington’s Kasmira Mohanty Wins Award at LI Biennial

Kasmira Mohanty isn’t just a great teacher; the Huntington High School classroom veteran is an award winning working artist, too. She recently captured an Award of Merit at the Heckscher Museum of Art’s Long Island Biennial exhibition, which features work by contemporary artists from Nassau and Suffolk counties.


Fine and Visual Arts Information

Huntington’s Arts in Education program is an integral part of the educational experience at all grade levels in the district. The arts provide an exciting, participatory approach to learning that enriches all areas of the school curriculum. The Arts in Education Committee researches and plans both cultural arts and exploratory programs that are linked directly to core curriculum concepts and skills. Students participate in a wide range of experiences, from seeing their own pieces of creative writing performed by professional actors and chatting with famous authors to working with real scientists and “meeting” characters from American history.

Funding for Arts in Education programs is provided annually by each school’s PTA unit. The district’s Office of Fine and Performing Arts and the PTA Council oversees the Arts in Education Committee.

The Arts in Education program presents programs designed to enhance the study of children’s literature, the humanities, mathematics, science, fine and performing arts, health and character education. Some recent and reoccurring programs and artists have included Japanese Storytelling with Mime, Mask and Music with Kuniko Yamamoto, author Tracey Delio, Theatre Three presenting From the Fires – Voices of the Holocaust, and Shakespeare workshops by Stages on Sound.

Upcoming Performances

About the Fine and Visual Arts Program

Photography Students

Signigicant Role in Education

The Fine Arts play a significant role in the Huntington educational program. From kindergarten through their high school years, students create original art work in a wide variety of media. Skill-based instruction in contour drawing, value, light shading, color theory, perspective, two dimensional and three dimensional design is provided sequentially throughout the grades.

Wide variety of Curriculum and Scope of Opportunities

Huntington High School students have the opportunity to take advanced studies in the fine arts of drawing and painting, ceramics and sculpture, and fashion design, as well as technology based programs such as computer graphics, advertising and design, media arts, video, photography and animation. Seniors may also participate in career internships in all areas of the visual arts. Student art work is displayed at the District Art Show held in May at the site of the annual budget vote.

Student Artwork is Showcased and Celebrated 

Huntington students’ art work is frequently displayed and honored in many local exhibits and competitions. Fifth grade and high school students participate in the Heckscher Museum’s docent program, as well.

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Fine and Visual Arts Leadership

Brian Stellato

Brian Stellato

Director of Fine and Performing Arts

Huntington School Board members have appointed Brian Stellato to serve as Huntington UFSD director of fine and performing arts effective December 13. He has been the department’s coordinator since April.

After holding teaching positions in the Southampton and Sachem school districts, Mr. Stellato came to Huntington High School as a band director in the fall of 2006. He has directed the junior symphonic high school band comprised of freshmen and sophomores, the high school wind ensemble and the Blue Devil marching band.

Mr. Stellato obtained a bachelor’s degree in music education at the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in liberal studies with a concentration in education at Stony Brook, where he is currently pursuing an advanced graduate certificate in educational leadership and administration.

Mr. Stellato has been an instructional staff member for the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy, the nation’s foremost leadership summer program, helping band members improve and develop their leadership, communication, conducting and teaching skills in order to become a stronger asset to their school program. He has also served as the coordinator of Huntington UFSD’s summer arts program, provided in collaboration with SCOPE.

Mr. Stellato lives in Huntington UFSD with his wife Jenny. Together they are the proud parents of two children.

Course Offerings and Listings

Huntington HS

Fine Arts Scope and Sequence

Year by Year course offerings

Freshman year

Courses

  • Choose 1 Course from Below
  • Ceramics & Sculpture I
  • Computer Graphics
  • Creative Crafts
  • Creative Video I
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Intro. to Photography
  • Media Art
  • Studio in Art
  • Fashion Design & Illustration I
  • Video Broadcasting I
Required 1 Credit
Sophomore year

Courses

  • Choose 1 Course from Below
  • Advanced Computer Graphics
  • Advanced Drawing and Painting
  • Ceramics & Sculpture I
  • Ceramics & Sculpture II
  • Computer Graphics
  • Creative Crafts
  • Creative Video I
  • Creative Video II
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Intro. to Photography
  • Media Art
  • Studio in Art
  • Fashion Design & Illustration I
  • Fashion Design & Illustration II
  • Video Broadcasting I
Junior year

Courses

  • Choose 1 Course from Below
  • Advanced Computer Graphics
  • Advanced Drawing and Painting
  • Advanced Photography
  • Advanced Video Production III
  • AP Studio Art: Drawing
  • AP Studio Art: 2D Design
  • Ceramics & Sculpture I
  • Ceramics & Sculpture II
  • Ceramics & Sculpture III
  • Computer Graphics
  • Creative Crafts
  • Creative Video I
  • Creative Video II
  • Creative Video III
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Intro. to Photography
  • Media Art
  • Portfolio Development
  • Studio in Art
  • Fashion Design & Illustration I
  • Fashion Design & Illustration II
  • Fashion Design & Illustration III
  • Video Broadcasting I
Senior year

Courses

  • Choose 1 Course from Below
  • Advanced Computer Graphics
  • Advanced Drawing and Painting
  • Advanced Photography
  • Advanced Video Production III
  • Advanced Video Drawing
  • AP Studio Art: 2D Design
  • Ceramics & Sculpture I
  • Ceramics & Sculpture II
  • Ceramics & Sculpture III
  • Computer Graphics
  • Creative Crafts
  • Creative Video I
  • Creative Video II
  • Creative Video III
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Intro. to Photography
  • Media Art
  • Portfolio Development
  • Studio in Art
  • Fashion Design & Illustration I
  • Fashion Design & Illustration II
  • Fashion Design & Illustration III
  • Video Broadcasting I
Note: To fulfill the graduation requirement of one credit in Art, students may take Creative Crafts, Media Art, or Studio in Art.

Huntington High School strives to provide an expansive array of Art course offerings. High School students have the opportunity to take advanced studies in the fine arts of drawing and painting, ceramics and sculpture, and fashion design, as well as technology-based programs such as computer graphics, advertising and design, media art, video, photography and animation.

Our faculty members are all professional artists with specific areas of specialization. Skills learned in the visual arts courses are applicable to hundreds of careers in our highly visual world. High School seniors may also participate in career internships in all areas of the visual arts. Huntington students’ art work is frequently displayed and honored in many local exhibits and competitions.

To fulfill the graduation requirement of one credit in Art, students may take Creative Crafts, Media Art, or Studio in Art.

STUDIO IN ART - Course #611 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Offered to grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Recommended for students interested in fine arts. Prerequisite: None. Studio in Art is a course in the fundamentals of the fine arts which will allow you to experience a whole world of creative self-expression. A student taking Studio in Art will learn about and experiment with the basic design elements such as line, shape, color, texture, and value. Students develop or sharpen their art skills while handling such media as watercolor and acrylic paint, pencil, India ink, block print ink, charcoal, pastel, and ceramics. This course satisfies the one credit in Art required for graduation.

CREATIVE CRAFTS - Course #618 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Offered to grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Recommended for students interested in developing their creative potential through crafts. Prerequisite: None This course is designed to introduce students to materials and techniques used in traditional and contemporary crafts. Ceramics, textile art, jewelry, basketry, glasswork, and woodwork are just some of the exciting projects included in the program. Students will gain an appreciation for the cultural roots of handcrafted objects as well as career opportunities and marketing outlets. Everyone can succeed in making beautiful art while expressing your creativity! This course satisfies the one credit in Art required for graduation.

MEDIA ART - Course #620 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Offered to grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Recommended for students interested in a course of study in the digital arts such as computer graphics, photography, cartooning, and animation. Prerequisite: None This entry level course will explore some of the most innovative and exciting modern art movements through the use of digital media. Students will be introduced to the basics of animation, and programs including Photoshop and Illustrator. This course is a great foundation for any student looking to continue their exposure in Computer Graphics, Photography or Video. This course satisfies the one credit in Art required for graduation.

COMPUTER GRAPHICS - Course #630 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Offered to grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: None for grades 10-12. Ninth grade students must have taken Studio in Art in grade 8, or be simultaneously registered for an Art or Music course that fulfills this graduation requirement. The modern world around us is intensely visual. Young women and men are invited to join the digital arts revolution that is so much a part of what we enjoy and use on a daily basis. This entry level course is a gentle introduction on how to paint, illustrate and assemble a wide range of imagery using Photoshop and Illustrator. Students will learn how to create paintings, toys, 3-D interiors, typography, characters, animated GIFs and much more. This is the ultimate foundation class that could potentially lead to an exciting and fulfilling career as a digital creative artist. Successful course completion enables students to move onto Advanced Computer Graphics.

DRAWING AND PAINTING - Course #621 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Offered to grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Recommended for students with an interest in digital media and fine arts. Prerequisite: None for grades 10-12. Ninth grade students music have taken Studio in Art in grade 8, or be simultaneously registered for an Art or Music course that fulfills this graduation requirement. This course is intended for students who want to develop their technical skills as an artist. Drawing and Painting explores the application, practice and manipulation of dry and wet media for methods of drawing, painting and printmaking. Mediums used include charcoal, ink, printmaking, colored pencils, watercolor and acrylic. Students will gain techniques and skills in seeing and drawing realistically and expressively. All modes of expression from realism to abstraction will be explored as each student searches for a personal creative style.

INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY - Course #632 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Offered to grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: None for grades 10-12. Ninth grade students music have taken Studio in Art in grade 8, or be simultaneously registered for an Art or Music course that fulfills this graduation requirement. Photography is an exciting course where students learn about black and white photography. Students will learn a skill which will last the rest of their life and bring enormous pleasure and self-satisfaction. Students will learn how to shoot and create well-balanced, well-composed photographs. Students will learn about photographic equipment, develop their own black and white negatives and prints, and analyze their own work as well as the work of others. During the second semester, more time is spent in the darkroom. As their skills develop, students will have the opportunity to make larger prints, use contrast filters, and refine their printing techniques. Students will learn about portraiture, photojournalism, and produce portfolio-level matted prints.

CREATIVE VIDEO I - Course #634 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Offered to grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Recommended for interested students. Prerequisite: None for grades 10-12. Ninth grade students must have taken Studio in Art in grade 8, or be simultaneously registered for an Art or Music course that fulfills this graduation requirement. Lights, Camera, Action! This class will teach students everything they need to know to make their own amazing videos, from filming to editing using Adobe Premiere. Students will be working individually and in small groups to complete a variety of projects, including music videos, commercials and documentaries. All filming can be completed during class time, if needed. Students will also have the opportunity to go on a field trip to explore the history of movie making.

VIDEO BROADCASTING I – Course #637 (1 Year – 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Offered to grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Video Broadcasting is a course where students will write, film, and produce news stories highlighting events on campus, around the district and in our community. In this course, students will learn how to produce live broadcasts as they rotate through various positions in and around the control room and studio. Students will research topics, write scripts and screenplays, and direct, produce and film projects. Students will use Premiere video broadcasting editing software. Students will gain hands-on, real-life experiences serving as a floor manager, camera operator, news anchor, shader, graphics operator, sound engineer, teleprompter operator and video switcher as they produce the HHS News Channel, which will be regularly broadcasted.

FASHION DESIGN AND ILLUSTRATION I - Course #624 (1 Year – 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Offered to grades: 9, 10, 11, and 12 Prerequisite: None for grades 10-12. Ninth grade students music have taken Studio in Art in grade 8, or be simultaneously registered for an Art or Music course that fulfills this graduation requirement. This is an introductory level course that introduces students to the world of fashion. Students will study the history of fashion, learn about textiles and garment construction, and create fashion illustrations. Students will design and create a handbag and make a garment from a pattern, learning hand sewing techniques and how to operate a sewing machine. All fashion students will present their work in the school’s annual Fashion Show in May.

ADVANCED COMPUTER GRAPHICS - Course #613 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Offered to grades: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: Computer Graphics This course takes digital painting, illustration and imagery to the next level. Students will explore important content and themes, and create imagery that is important and relevant to them which can be viewed and used in the real world. Students will also be exposed to a wide range of professional artists that challenge generic and traditional forms of art, expression and creativity. The goal of the course is for student artists to be able to independently develop and produce a body of work that best represents their personal style and artistic voice in a sophisticated and professional manner. Students will be invited to exhibit, publish and/or compete in several high profile and respected events with qualifying artwork.

ADVANCED DRAWING AND PAINTING - Course #627 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Offered to grades: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: Drawing and Painting or portfolio submitted to the teacher for approval Students will continue to experiment with various mediums including watercolor, ink, charcoal, acrylics, watermixable oils, and printmaking. Drawing and painting issues such as mark-making, light and shade, composition and illusion of depth will be explored in class. Students will learn to communicate visual ideas and problem-solve through the use of a sketchbook to document their artistic process along with creating finished work for their portfolio.

CERAMICS AND SCULPTURE II - Course #616 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Offered to grades: 10, 11, 12 Recommended for students interested in an advanced studio elective as well as for Advanced Placement application. Prerequisite: Ceramics and Sculpture I Emphasis on individual growth and development of learned techniques as it applies to modeling, carving, wheel work, glazing, casting, and construction methods.

ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY - Course #633 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Offered to grades: 11, 12 Prerequisite: Introduction to Photography In this course, students will expand upon the skills learned in Introduction to Photography. The emphasis will be on producing exhibition quality digital images based upon self-motivated projects. Students will learn how to edit their images using Adobe Photoshop, study the work of several other photographers, learn studio techniques and visit photo galleries.

CREATIVE VIDEO II - Course #635 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Offered to grades: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: Creative Video I Let your creativity explode with the use of digital compositing and special effects using Adobe After-Effects. As students work individually to create a variety of projects from Public Service Announcements to Reality TV Shows, they will be submitting to competitions and festivals to vie for recognition and reward. Students can also compete in the National 10 Day Film Challenge and have their films shown on the big screen at the annual Huntington High School Film Festival.

FASHION DESIGN AND ILLUSTRATION II - Course #625 (1 Year – 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Prerequisite: Fashion Design and Illustration I. This course will expand and develop the knowledge and skills gained from Fashion Design and Illustration I. Students will continue to study fashion history and learn about fashion designers from various time periods. Students will create highly detailed fashion illustrations, and use their skills to design and create several fashion garments. There will be a presentation of their work at the annual Fashion Show in May.

CERAMICS AND SCULPTURE III - Course #617 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Offered to grades: 11, 12 Recommended for students interested in specializing in an advanced studio elective as well as for Advanced Placement application. Prerequisite: Ceramics and Sculpture I & II In this course, students will be working on major pieces of art while developing their own individual style in their favorite three-dimensional medium. Students will learn advance working techniques geared to their individual level of skill and take pride in the work created.

ADVANCED VlDEO PRODUCTION III - Course #636/636-C (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Prerequisite: Creative Video II Advanced Video is a more in-depth examination of the video making process. The class is geared towards students who are serious about honing their artistic vision through the moving image media. Students will continue to develop their skills in video art-making and find venues for their projects through festivals, on-line exhibition, and site-specific installation. In addition, students will choose a videographer/ filmmaker to study and create a presentation using their video-making skills. Finally, this class will give students access to basic filmmaking materials and techniques. Through an exploration of film, students will understand the various differences and similarities between the moving images. Course 636-C is an option for students to receive college credit. Students should speak with guidance and class teacher.

FASHION DESIGN AND ILLUSTRATION III - Course #626 (1 Year – 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Prerequisite: Fashion Design and Illustration II. This course introduces students to career paths in the fashion industry, while expanding on the knowledge and skills gained from Fashion Design and Illustration II. Students will continue to study fashion history and design concepts, applying previous studies to real world applications. Students will combine creativity with marketability, assembling a portfolio of fashion illustrations and sewn garments that will be presented at the annual Fashion Show in May.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) DRAWING - Course #629 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Offered to grade: 12 (Grade 11 students must have department approval) Prerequisite: Advanced Drawing and Painting or portfolio submitted to the teacher for approval AP Drawing addresses a broad interpretation of drawing issues and media. Light and shade, mark-making, line quality, rendering of form, composition, surface manipulation, and illusion of depth are drawing issues that students address through a variety of means, which could include painting, printmaking, mixed media, etc. Students will create a sustained investigation of 15 works of art which includes the use of a sketchbook to document their artistic journey. AP Drawing students submit a portfolio with minimum of 15 pieces to be evaluated as their exam. These 15 images will be uploaded to the College Board along with a written analysis their artistic process. Students also must send 5 physical works of art (which will be returned to the student) to the AP board for review.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) 2-D ART AND DESIGN - Course #628 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Offered to grade: 12 (Grade 11 students must have department approval) Prerequisite: Advanced Computer Graphics or Advanced Photography, a portfolio of twelve pieces of art and department approval. AP weighted course. The AP Studio Art 2-D Portfolio course is designed for highly motivated students who are interested in creating college-level artwork. Students can select photography or digital art as their primary focus, but note that the AP Studio Art 2-D Portfolio falls under one category and is not divided into two separate entities. This course demands time, diligence, commitment and focus. For the AP Studio Art 2-D exam, students will submit a minimum of 15 pieces generated with a sustained investigation and process of discovery, and will write about their work and analyze the process. All students will also submit a tangle portfolio of their 5 best images from their sustained investigation to the AP board for review. Students will need to complete the prerequisite courses for their area of study and have maintained a minimum grade of 90 in those courses.

PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT - Course #639 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Offered to grades: 11, 12 Prerequisite: Intention for post-graduate study in Art and department permission. This is an exciting course that allows students to develop a professional portfolio of their art work. The Portfolio course is designed for students who demonstrate mastery in two or more artistic mediums and are able to exhibit a comprehensive knowledge in the program of their interest (digital arts, photography, video, fashion, etc.). This includes, but is not limited to, techniques, concepts, and artistic social awareness. Portfolio is designed to demonstrate continuing refinement of basic ski lls while exploring new mediums, ideas, and interpretations. College and career paths in art will be a component of Portfolio.

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HHS National Honor Society Induction Ceremony 2021

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HHS National Honor Society Induction Ceremony 2021

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