Visual Arts

Grade 6
  • Studies the fundamentals of color theory, the elements of art, and art history   
  • Emphasizes observation skills, communication, cooperative learning, creative thinking, problem solving, and self-assessment   
  • Engages in numerous interdisciplinary projects with other academic  departments: Colonial Portrait, Music as Inspiration, etc   
  • Focuses on developing more sophisticated construction and creation skills using diverse media: oil pastels, charcoal and conte crayon, tempera paint, chalk pastels, graphite, clay, and recycled materials   
  • Introduces global connections through art: Create Peace Project   
  • Uses technology to aid in art creation


Grade 7
  • Builds on studies of the fundamentals of color theory, the elements of art, and art history   
  • Emphasizes observation skills, cooperative learning, creative thinking, communication, problem solving, and self-assessment   
  • Engages in numerous interdisciplinary projects with other academic departments: Biomimicry, Art as Conservation, Graphic Memoir   
  • Focuses on developing more sophisticated construction and creation skills using diverse media: photography, watercolor, graphic art, printmaking, pen and ink, conte crayon, charcoal, silk painting, and edible-art   
  • Introduces new ways of using technology to aid in art creation   
  • Develops the awareness of art as a pervasive and powerful cultural component   
  • Explores the idea that art can be a tool students can use to make a positive impact in our world.
Grade 8
  • Builds on studies of the fundamentals of color theory, the elements of art, and art history   
  • Emphasizes observation skills, cooperative learning, creative thinking, communication, problem solving, and self-assessment   
  • Engages in numerous interdisciplinary projects with other academic departments: Culture of Me, Art as Social Commentary, Advertisements and Media Literacy, etc.   
  • Focuses on developing more sophisticated construction and creation skills using diverse media: photography, graphite, graphic art, pen and ink, conte crayon, charcoal, multi-media sculpture, and ceramics    Builds on use of technology to aid in art creation   
  • Connects students to more Global components using art as the tool of communication   
  • Develops the awareness of art as a pervasive and powerful cultural component   
  • Pushes students to use art as a tool to make a positive impact on our world
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An independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school, toddler through grade 12

Lower & Middle Schools, 5000 Clubside Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Birchwood School of Hawken, 4400 West 140th Street, Cleveland, OH 44135 

Upper School, PO Box 8002 (12465 County Line Rd), Gates Mills, OH 44040
Mastery School of Hawken, 11025 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106

Gries Center, 10823 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106

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