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Fine Arts Department Overview
The Fine Arts staff at Cardinal O'Hara High School consists of exceptional and dedicated educators who branch across the wide breadth of performing and visual arts. Our educators have extensive experience in their fields- both in and outside of the classroom- which they actively employ while teaching their students. Courses range from beginner with no experience necessary, to advanced, rigorous courses which are designed to enrich our experienced students. In all scenarios, students are pushed and nurtured to grow as artists and as people. 

Our program allows all students the opportunity to shape and build a unique experience by choosing to take a wide variety of courses across any and all of the visual and performing arts. Students may create their own sequence in the arts where they may choose to be active in many disciplines or to specialize in one. Our educators work tirelessly to prepare those who choose a different career field to be active and appreciative of the arts in our world.  

Although New York State Regents requirements include one (1) credit of a fine art, most COHS students will complete many more prior to graduation. COHS believes the study of the arts is not only an important elemnet of a well rounded education, but also a critical element of human life. The arts are uniquely human and one of the most profound forms of expression. We believe all students have the right to this all important education. 

Fine Arts Department Goals

  1. To introduce students to a variety of artistic outlets thereby introducing O'Hara students to a well rounded education and appreciation for all the arts.
  2. To encourage students to " think outside the box" and show them how to imagine or use their energies in creative ways. Whether it is choreographing a dance move, formulating an idea for a painting or photograph, finding that extra-special note in a choral arrangement or finding sounds within an instrument.
    Our main objective is to let each student find their inner self through some type of artistic expression and recognize how beautiful each individual is for what they are and what they can do.
  3. To provide the basic foundations on which to build an understanding of the arts. This is inclusive to vocabulary, theories, different artists, techniques, time periods and history in all arts (choral, visual, instrumental, dance). We encourage our students to learn not only with an actual hands on approach but reasons and ways musicians, artists, dancers and singers chose to do what they did and how this changed or enhanced our modern day arts.

Fine Arts Faculty and Course Descriptions: 

Katherine SehrPatti MeyerRachel BirkmanColin Sperrazza-Department ChairFr. Tom RibitsScott Harris
Studio in Art Dance I Concert Band Chorus Advanced Drawing and Painting Culinary Institute at O'Hara (CIAO)
Photography Dance II Wind Ensemble Song Corp.    
Drawing and Painting Advanced Dance  Individual Instruction Music Theory    
 Media Design     Individual Instruction    

Course Descriptions