“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 Art & Design 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.
Director of Art & Design: Adrienne Tarver
Our newly appointed Director of Art & Design, Adrienne Tarver is an interdisciplinary visual artist who has exhibited and taught internationally for the past 10 years. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and BFA from Boston University. She has had solo exhibitions at Victori+Mo Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, BRIC Arts Media in Brooklyn, New York, A-M Gallery in Sydney, Australia, and Art Matrix Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. Recent notable press about her work includes features in Blouin Art Info, HyperAllergic, Whitewall Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine and ArtNetNews among others. She was also selected as one of “14 Emerging Female Artists to watch in 2017” by ArtNet and as a part of the 2017 Bronx Museum of the Arts AIM cohort and is exhibiting in the Bronx Museum of the Arts Biennial this year. She’s a dedicated educator who has taught a variety of students in Chicago, Italy, South Africa, Australia and New York, including teaching art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.