Fostering our students’ creativity and talent has become a major part of P.S./I.S. 163's mission and a major component of our students' education.

At P.S./I.S. 163, there are additional arts groups, such as an art club, a dance troupe, a chorus, a guitar club, a band, an orchestra, and a recorder group. These students, as well as many others, participate in and perform in our Winter Concert and Art Exhibit. 

At P.S./I.S. 163, the arts are an integral part of student learning. The arts help students to make connections between subjects. In addition, art education can also help students realize their talents and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment.


    High School Art Portfolio

    CLICK the link below for ideas and inspiration!

    In order to prepare students who are interested in applying to arts focused high school, PS/IS 163 has begun to offer an after-school portfolio preparation program.  This program, helps students to further develop an arts portfolio that shows their talents, interests, and focus in art.  

    Below are some ideas and examples of what is typically included in each student's portfolio:

     Watercolor Landscape: Tips: First begin by LIGHTLY sketching a nature setting. When you begin painting, start applying the paint very lightly at first (use a lot of water). Let the area dry, and then go back and add darker shades of paint by using less water on your brush.  Remember: You can always add more paint….but you can’t take it off the paper!  So start lightly!

       2.    Black and White Self Portrait with Shading:   Start by sketching. Again, begin lightly!!!  You can always get darker later! 

        3.    Interior of a room in perspective: Begin by sketching a room and all of the objects/furniture inside of it.  Go back in and darken it with some strongerpencil lines. 
    Add shading next.   

         4.    City Scene with buildings in perspective. Try to make the buildings
     and objects “go back into space”.   

        Color pencil Still Life: Choose objects such as fruits, books, vases, glasses, a mirror with the reflection, or any type of “setup” that could be on a tabletop. Begin by using a regular pencil to sketch the objects that you are drawing. Instead of darkening with your pencil….beginto add in color pencil showing the light and dark by shading with your color pencils.     

    6.    Photography: Take some pictures of random things: beach scenes, parks, still life setups….etc.  Try to make the composition interesting by not centering the main subject and also by experimenting with lighting.  Make it a little off center and crop your pictures in a unique way.  You don’t have to print them we can do that at school. Just make sure to save the images so we can get them on paper eventually. 

          7.    Close-up drawing of textured object (strawberry, sponge, flower): In this drawing, I want you to show your skills with drawing close-up details and adding shading.  You can use just regular pencils or colored pencils.

        8.   Figure Drawing: Draw people in different poses, doing different activities.  Sketch first until you get the proportions correct and darken to give it a more finished look. Add shading or color.

        9.    Draw your hand holding an object: Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get it on the first try. Hands are one of the most difficult things to draw. 

         10. Oil Pastel still life: Close-up or far away. Make sure you blend colors and make smooth gradations….this is why oil pastels are great to work with!

    NYCDOE Arts

    It is a goal of the New York City schools to provide all public school students a high-quality arts education. Students will discover the lifelong enjoyment and wonder inherent in dance, music, theater, and visual arts. They also will connect to arts institutions and organizations that exhibit and perform the arts, offer advanced study in the arts, and generate the many financially and personally rewarding jobs available in New York City’s arts-related industries. 

    The Department of Education supports universal access to arts education through the ArtsCount initiative, which tracks and reports student participation in arts education and holds schools accountable for meeting New York State Instructional Requirements for the Arts

    The Annual Arts in Schools Report, published each year since the 2006-2007 school year, includes data about arts teachers, arts budgeting, space for the arts, partnerships with arts and cultural organizations, and parent involvement for elementary, middle, and high schools. View the Annual Arts in Schools Report 2010-2011.

    Along with the aggregate report, individual Annual Arts in Schools Reports are published to help school administrator, parents, and students understand how their schools are progressing towards offering universal arts education to all students. These reports provide baseline information for arts education accountability at the school level, and can help schools identify areas of success and areas that need improvement. Individual school reports can be found on the "statistics" page of each school's website. Use the DOE's School Search Tool to view individual school arts reports for 2009-2010. 

    The Department supports increased quality in arts education through the curriculumand professional development for teachers of visual art, music, dance, and theater. Working with their partners from the cultural community, DOE staff have developedthe Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts, preK-12, which outlines what students should know and be able to do in the arts at key grades and at critical junctures in their intellectual, physical, and emotional development The Blueprintprovides teachers with a path to help them determine the work they should be doing in each art form. It also provides school administrators with tools to supervise arts teachers and recognize and share with parents the potential their children have for achievement in the arts.