High School Programs

Summer 2019 Visual Arts Program

Summer 2019 Dates & Tuition

Monday–Friday, July 8–August 2

9 a.m.–4 p.m.

$925 tuition and supplies

This program is designed to assist college-bound students and others to stand above the rest—strengthening portfolios that are required in the college admission process. It is offered to all high school students with a serious interest in the visual arts. Students with varying levels of experience and ability are welcome.

Students all take Figure/Observational Drawing in the morning, then select either Photography or Ceramics for the afternoon.

Courses Offered

Figure & Observational Drawing

With instructor Tiago Finato. Focusing on the human figure, students sharpen their observational skills working from a live model. Students also investigate the nature of drawing as a way of seeing and develop technical skills through the exploration of line, tone, form, and composition based on the tradition of still-life.


With instructor Robert Calafiore. A class with emphasis on analog photography, camera, darkroom practices, film developing, and photo printing in color and black and white.


With instructors Nathan Carris Carnes and Matt Dercole. This class explores the use of clay through wheel throwing and hand building methods. Basic glazing and firing techniques will also be covered.

Important Information

Program fee of $925 must be included with application. Checks are payable to the Hartford Art School. Do not mail cash.

Need-Based Aid
Limited need-based scholarship awards are available and granted on an individual basis. Scholarships are for tuition only.

Class Credit
Course credit is not offered for these classes.

Art Supplies
All supplies will be provided by the Hartford Art School.

Nude models are employed in this program for academic study purposes. A parent’s or guardian’s consent is required for the applicant’s participation in these classes.

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Note: Hartford Art School reserves the right to cancel, change, or reschedule classes or instructors as necessary.

Meet the Instructors

Robert Calafiore, Photography

Robert Calafiore is a photographer whose work is influenced by a critical look at today’s rapidly changing technology and its broad impact on culture. He received his MFA in photography from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his BFA in photography from Hartford Art School. Some of his recent shows include “For the Love of Things; Still Life,” at the Albright Knox in Buffalo, N.Y. and “One, Unique Photographs,” at KLOMPCHING Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y. He is currently the assistant dean at Hartford Art School. robertcalafiore.com

Nathan Carris Carnes, Ceramics

Nathan Carris Carnes is a ceramicist who’s work discusses the dichotomy of technology and tradition within the field of ceramics through hand building and 3D printing. He received an MFA in Ceramics from Wichita State University and a BA in Ceramics, Printmaking, and Drawing from McNeese State University. Nathan has shown at institutions such as The International Museum of Dinnerware Design, The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Red Star Studios in KCMO, and the Ulrich Museum of Art. He is currently the Visiting Assistant Professor in Ceramics. nathancarriscarnes.com

Matthes Dercole, Ceramics

Matt Dercole is a ceramicist whose emotional and sometimes disturbing sculptures incorporate illustrative and narrative qualities, reflecting the viewer’s own psychological complexities. He received his MFA in ceramics from the University of Iowa and his BA in ceramics from Bloomsburg University. He has participated in multiple artist residencies including Lillstreet Art Center and Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts. He is currently technician and instructor of ceramics at Hartford Art School. matthewdercole.com

Tiago Finato, Drawing

Tiago Finato moved to the United States from Brazil in 2000. He earned his BFA from the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth and his MFA from New Mexico State University. His current body of work narrates the struggle between manual labor and fine art. His work has exhibited throughout the United States, Spain, and Brazil. tiagofinato.net

Coming Soon: Fall 2019

October 12–December 7 (excluding Nov. 23)
Saturdays from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Program fee:
$400 tuition and supplies