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CVA unveils new senior Advanced Studio Art program

Beginning in September 2015, Central Valley Academy will offer serious senior art students the opportunity to pursue art at a higher level.

Working with Herkimer Central School and Herkimer BOCES, CVA seniors can earn College Now and AP credits in graphics, drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture, pottery and advanced art.

Participants would attend CVA or BOCES in the mornings where they would take English 12 and electives. In the afternoons, they would travel to Herkimer High School for an entire afternoon of Advanced Studio Art. Students would also take physical education and a hybrid social studies class once every four days at Herkimer.

“We learned from instructors at Pratt Munson Williams Proctor that high school students are not prepared for the rigors of the art world. Students in their program spend four or more hours each day in an art studio. Our students spend just 45 minutes in an art class,” said Central Valley Assistant Superintendent Cindy Stocker.

The new program will provide students an entire afternoon immersed in art.

CVA Guidance Counselor Michele DelConte is enthused by the offerings.

“Seniors who really love art will meet all of their graduation requirements and have studio work time. But it is not limited to the studio. There will be visits from guest artists and field trips to museums and art colleges,” she said.

“It may seem strange at first. BOCES students would spend mornings at BOCES and then afternoons at Herkimer. They would come to CVA for transportation or after school clubs and athletics.”

Any interested student is asked to contact Ms. DelConte via email at mdelconte@cvalleycsd.org. Leave a telephone number where she can reach you during the day.