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Department of Art & Design

Director of Art & Design: Kelly Jones,, (518) 382-2511 Ext. 21738
Secretary: Barbara Colose,, Ext. 21737

Mission Statement

The Niskayuna Department of Art & Design fosters the creative development of each student through the sequential building of skills and vocabulary that supports effective visual communication in our 21st century society.

Our goal is for all students to develop a life-long appreciation for the visual and media arts through creating and responding to works of art, with opportunities for self- exploration, expression and reflection.

We strive to provide a learning environment that challenges students to solve problems, think critically and communicate visually. Connections to cultures, history, and other disciplines inspire students to think, learn, create and ask questions about the world around them.

Our young artists have the opportunity to express and share their ideas and individuality by showcasing their artwork in multiple exhibitions throughout the district and community.

High School Art & Design Program

The art and design program at Niskayuna High School offers numerous discipline-based courses aimed at expanding students' skill development and conceptual understanding. Visit the High School Art Page 


Middle School Art & Design program

The Middle School art and design offers a sequential curriculum that builds essential skills. Students maintain sketchbooks throughout the program, practicing skills, problem solving and techniques. Students are exposed to a variety of artists, cultures, and media. READ MORE


Elementary Art & Design Information

New York State Learning State Learning Standards for the Arts


Art & Design Links


Nisk-art E-MAGAZINE FOR 2016-17

The magazine highlights student work from the 2016-17 school year.

Flash Version

Booklet in Adobe PDF (The .pdf ​file will open in Preview. Go to View>Slideshow. The pages will play through for viewing.)


The NiskArt Gallery

The NiskArt Gallery at Niskayuna High School is an Arts In Education facility that is enjoyed by the whole community. It is unique in its conception as a school, family, and community center, connecting people through the visual arts. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NISKART GALLERY


Art & Design Department on Facebook   

Stay up to date on the latest art created by Niskayuna students on the new Art Department page on Facebook

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E-mail Art Department Secretary Barbara Colose at to receive updates via e-mail, including show announcements and student accomplishments.


Art & Design awards booklets from past years

2015-16   2014-15   2013-14   2011-12     
2010-11   2009-10   2008-09   2007-08     
2006-07   2005-06   2004-05   2003-04