Sachem Art Department

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It Starts with Art

A survey by IBM’s Institute for Business Values concluded 1500 CEO’s listed creativity as the most important leadership skill. Art classes provide careful observation, innovation, communication, creative personal realization and wellbeing, community engagement, cultural, historical, literary, mathematical, and scientific connections. The philosophical foundations provided through an arts enriched education prepare students for college and/or career. 

The artist creates something where there was nothing - a blank canvas becomes a painting, a stone becomes a sculpture - this ability to create, transcends far beyond the art room. Whether or not fine arts is the ultimate career goal, a strong foundation in fine arts will enable students to be successful in any field. Below are just a few recommendations for students applying to college in careers where it starts with art.

"For admission as a beginning student in architecture, the portfolio should show potential as a visual thinker and personal initiative as a designer. Potential can be demonstrated in many ways, including drawings, fine art work, ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, photography or constructed projects such as stage sets or pieces of furniture. Probably the least significant component of such a portfolio would be CAD drawings from a high school course that tend to demonstrate technical drafting skills rather than potential...Architecture involves visual thinking and composition that can best be developed in a good drawing or art course."

Fashion Institute of Technology:

"Your portfolio should consist primarily of work done from direct observation, i.e. drawing and painting from what you see. These drawings might include self-portraits, still lifes, figure drawing, landscapes, or interiors. You should include work done in a variety of media like charcoal, pencil, watercolor, and acrylic and oil paints. We encourage you to include a sketchbook as part of your submission."

Arts as Multi-Disciplinary Education:

Literature: visual literacy, historical reference, artist statements, compare and contrast, critique, reaction, description, analysis, interpretation, judgment.


Mathematics: proportion theories, golden ratio, symmetry, perspective, deductive logic, geometry, tessellations, polyhedrons, Platonic solids, Fibonacci sequence and repetition.


History: relationships to community, culture, language and time periods. Study of mythology, symbolism and metaphors. Artifacts of paint and art making, date to 100,000 BCE. Art has been created in all cultures in all parts of the world.


Science: investigation, ideas, theories, hand and mind work together. Anatomy, chemistry, nature, light and space.


Each discipline shares common goals, but approaches them through distinct media and techniques. Understanding and creating artwork provides insights into individuals’ own and others’ cultures and societies, while also providing opportunities to access, express, and integrate meaning across a variety of content areas.



NCCAS (National Coalition for Core Arts Standards)

Columbia University

IBM Institute for Business Value


Presidents Committee on Arts and Humanities

Journal of Science


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Sachem Central School District

Office of Music and Art

51 School Street

Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779


Loretta Corbisiero, Chairperson

631-716-8200 Ext. 5654