Visual Arts

The emphasis of Hawken's studio programs is hands-on learning, the development of visual problem solving, and the liberating of each student's unique creative voice. Whether drawing, painting, sculpting or making pottery, Hawken artists are encouraged to experiment and to observe the world around them for inspiration. Visual Art teachers, most of whom are practicing artists who show and sell their art, typically adopt a mentoring/apprenticeship model in their studios and classrooms.
The visual arts program in Early Childhood is primarily exploratory in nature. Process is valued over product, and students are encouraged to utilize materials in creative ways under the guidance of teachers. The annual art show showcases student art projects, many of which are designed to enrich a particular unit of study. Students can also choose to explore the creative arts during afternoon activity time.

Lower School
art classes allow students to experiment with a variety of media. Students draw, paint, sculpt, make pottery, weave and learn the basics of printmaking. Highlights of the program include a Visiting Artists Program, An Evening of Art and Music, and the creation of artwork to accompany the 4
th and 5th grade musical.

Visual arts classes in the Middle School emphasize the enjoyment of artistic discovery and process, appreciation for the work of others and a sense of craftsmanship. Each year, a visiting artist works with students in grades 6-8. Another highlight of the Middle School program includes Art Club; student members design and create sets for the Middle School Musical

Upper School
arts offerings include Art Fundamentals, Art and Design Principles, Graphic Design, Drawing and Painting, History of Western Art, Photography, Sculpture, Ceramics, AP Studio Art, Animation, as well as several advanced courses in these subjects. Past Intensive courses include “Before the Selfie, There Was Paint” and “Parade the Circle.”

Lower School

Upper School

An independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school, preschool through grade 12

Lower & Middle Schools, 5000 Clubside Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Upper School, PO Box 8002 (12465 County Line Rd), Gates Mills, OH 44040
Gries Center, 10823 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106

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