Visual Art

John Hardman, Visual Arts Instructor

Mr. John Hardman holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. After graduation he worked as a graphic designer and photographer for a small media company called Better Built Media for five years and then moved on to work for Gannett, one of the largest media companies in the country, where he was a photojournalist for 10 years.  Wanting to get back into painting, Mr. Hardman moved to Chicago where he showed artwork at the Greenleaf Art Center for two years.


Visual Arts Programs include Visual Arts 1, Visual Arts 2, and 2-D and 3-D Studio Art.

The goal of Art 1 and Art 2 is to help students develop an understanding of the elements and principles of design using a variety media, including graphite, colored pencil, tempera paint and pastels. Students study the past to better understand the progression of art and help them make their own works of art. They study the progress of modern art from Impressionism to Pop art, while continuing to improve their art vocabulary and communication skills. As students progress through these courses, they experience new techniques and mediums including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, collage and mixed media. 

In 3-D art students learn to apply the elements and principles of design to three dimensional form. Students work with plaster, paper mache, clay,and a variety of other materials used to make 3-D forms.

2-D art students will work with a variety of mediums and create work to be shown in a public setting. They will also begin to build a portfolio of work to help them achieve success with their high school auditions. 



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