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High School Programs

High School Programs

High school and middle school students who are passionate and committed to their art are invited to explore their potential through a number of programs at the Hartford Art School.

Meet us in your classrooms, at events on the University of Hartford campus, or at a portfolio review day in your area. Hartford Art School can help provide outside opportunities and exposure that will help prepare you for art school and being an artist. Our admissions team can schedule a visit to your school, a campus tour, a portfolio review, a gallery visit, attendance to a public lecture, coordinate a hands-on studio workshop, or make any other opportunities possible.

Saturday High School Visual Arts Program

ELIGIBILITY: This program is offered to high school students with a serious interest in the visual arts. Students with varying levels of experience and ability are welcome to apply.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on eight consecutive Saturdays and are led by teaching professionals. A fall and a spring session are held each year. Diverse offerings include figure, portrait, observational and non-traditional drawing, design, portrait painting, photography, and metal sculpture.

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Summer Pre-Collegiate Visual Arts Workshop

ELIGIBILITY: This workshop is designed for student artists in the junior and senior years of high school who are committed to art making and the pursuit of art study at the collegiate level. Space is limited, and admission is by recommendation of your high school art teacher.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: This intensive four-week workshop focuses on drawing and one elective studio in sculpture, illustration, photography, ceramics, or video. The workshop meets Monday through Friday, two sessions daily, from 9 a.m. to noon, and from 1 to 4 p.m.

High and Middle School Programs for Students and Educators

Arts in the Middle Conference

The annual Arts in the Middle Conference brings hundreds of middle school students and their teachers to our campus for all day studio workshops. Students participate in making art that ranges from watercolor portraits to wire sculpture and digital photographs to ceramic pots. This partnership between middle schools and the Hartford Art School provides a wonderful opportunity inspiring both students and teachers.

Please contact the Connecticut Association of Schools for details on the Arts in the Middle Conference.

Connecticut Scholastics

The annual Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards and Exhibition brings hundreds of middle and high school students and their parents as well as teachers and supporters of the fine arts to our campus for a state wide juried exhibition and award ceremony. A show of more than 500 student works, chosen against thousands, is displayed at the Silpe Gallery annually. Awards ranging from cash prizes and art supplies to college scholarships are granted to exceptional students. For more details and for how to get involved, contact the Connecticut Art Education Association.

SBM Foundation Pre-Collegiate Workshops

Each year, the SBM Foundation provides a grant to the Hartford Art School to administer a series of four pre-collegiate studio workshops. The program brings three high schools (Manchester, East Hartford, and Rockville, selected by the grantor) to campus involving 60 students during each visit. These students and teachers have the opportunity to come to the Hartford Art School and participate in studio workshops and lectures over the academic year. Exposure to new materials, media, techniques, and ideas, as well as basic life drawing skills are the key objectives. Courses are taught by Hartford Art School full- and part-time faculty.

Any schools and grantors interested in a similar arrangement should contact us for details.

Special Workshops

We offer one-day workshops for you and your classes in a variety of studio areas with figure drawing being the most popular. However, we can arrange for monotype, photography, ceramics, and other instruction in almost all disciplines. These sessions utilize our regular facilities and are taught by our faculty. Cost to students is minimal and many supplies are provided by the Hartford Art School. Transportation is arranged by your school as a field trip. These workshops are generally offered on Fridays and are approximately three to four hours long. Parental permission is required and for life drawing classes. Nude models are employed in classes for academic study, and parents or guardians must sign a consent for the student's participation in the workshop. Contact us for more information or assistance if you are interested.

In addition, we can arrange for teacher workshops in any studio area. Contact us to plan your visit.