Visual Arts

Art Fundamentals
(Prerequisite for Advanced Art Courses)
  • Explores a range of materials, processes and subject treatments   
  • Studies drawing, printmaking, ceramics, painting and mixed media
Ceramics & Advanced Ceramics
  • Introduces hands-on techniques of clay manipulation and craftsmanship   
  • Includes a review of historical and contemporary approaches to ceramics
Drawing & Painting
Advanced Drawing & Painting
  • Explores color theory, monotype printmaking, still life, self-portraiture, and figurative painting   
  • Develops understanding of vocabulary, processes and general historical and design concepts
Graphic Design
  • Emphasizes commercial art and the tools and techniques used in professional publishing to communicate ideas and a particular point of view   
  • Stresses elemental design principles and encourages creativity
Beginning Photography
  • Covers a wide range of traditional image making processes   
  • Introduces students to photo-reactive light sensitive materials used in image making   
  • Highlights darkroom techniques for developing film, enlarging prints, coloring and solarization
Introduction to Filmmaking
  • Requires the class to create a live action short film   
  • Involves analyzing films, writing scripts, directing, filming, editing and creating sound and visual effects using the Adobe Creative Suite and iMovie
Sculpture & Advanced Sculpture
  • Uses a variety of materials and processes to create and manipulate forms in space through exercises in carving, modeling, casting and construction   
  • Encourages the development of technical and conceptual skills, and the exploration of historical and contemporary issues through art

Studio Art 3/4
Presents the first year of a two-year preparation for AP Studio Art
AP Studio Art
  • Addresses the three major constants of quality, concentration and breadth   
  • Prepares student portfolio for evaluation at the end of the year
Drawing and Painting the Human Figure
  • Begins with traditional drawing exercises from the model to become comfortable in rendering the human form   
  • Explores color, compositional techniques, and creative interpretation in a variety of artistic media and styles

Design Fundamentals
An introductory course that explores the fundamental Elements and Principles of Design using digital design processes to produce two and three dimensional works of art in the Fab Lab

  • Focuses on a variety of techniques in 2D and 3D animation, including flip books, stop action and flash animation
  • Students create characters, storyboard their scripts, film, edit and collaborate on a series of animated shorts

Before the Selfie, There Was Paint! (Fall Intensive)
Regal, Emotional, and Digital Cool.  Cultivating the Public Self in the Crosscurrents of History.
Obsessing over public identity is nothing new. This course focuses on colorful individuals whose multiple portraits were and are meticulously designed. Hands-on projects will incorporate motivations and techniques inspired by these unforgettable paintings to help students craft their own selfies for the world to see.
In Service: Cleveland Mosaic Project (Spring Intensive)
This intensive is designed for students who are willing to investigate a fully immersive hands on mosaic experience with children from a Cleveland elementary school. This project will create a site specific work that will not only reflect each of the children who participate, but will create a major work of art that will remain at the school. Hawken students will also learn the chemistry behind glazes and colorants as they develop formulas through lab experiments. 
Cameras, Computers and Cleveland: An experiment in Digital Documentation (Spring Intensive)
Students will visit and explore various historical areas and landmarks in greater Cleveland, which they will document with cameras, camcorders, phones and other electronic media devices. These resource materials will be used in the creation of a personalized documentary or video diary that is reflective of their new experiences in Cleveland. 
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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