“Through the visual arts, children are able to explore their inner creative capacity and appreciation of life’s meaning and beauty. They develop a necessary sensibility to express themselves and to cope with today’s global problems.”
HSA offers a wide variety of classes in the visual arts fostering individual creativity and expression. Classes include a full spectrum of media, including digital art, drawing, filmmaking, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture; taught by a faculty of world-class professional artists and guest lecturers.
Annually, the Visual Arts Department hosts two group exhibitions of the students’ work at the school along with providing several opportunities for students to participate in Harlem community gallery showings. Beyond the curriculum, HSA seeks to cultivate an appreciation of the arts within the Harlem community by presenting guest artist and faculty exhibitions that are open to the public.
View our 2017-18 Visual Arts Classes!
You must register in person for the 2017-18 classes. Please contact Natalia Peguero, Registration Manager via phone (212) 926.4100 x324 or email email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
Director of Visual Arts
Our newly appointed Visual Arts Director Jonathan Patton has been actively involved in visual arts for over 15 plus years. Receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from North Carolina Central University, Mr. Patton has produced exhibitions and curated shows in several states including California, Arizona, North Carolina, Florida as well as New York. For his present artistic endeavors, Mr. Patton or ‘JP’ as he’d preferred to go by, has been developing ethnography work in the Philippines, Cuba and South Africa.
He completed his Masters in Visual Arts Administration at New York University and is excited to implement his experience, education and ideas to the Harlem School of the Arts. He states, “This position is special in that I am able to connect to the best resources New York and the world has to offer, allowing children from boroughs Harlem community and communities’ worldwide extraordinary opportunities. His mantra is, “Art is Life.”