Our program is about more than doing art projects. It’s about getting boys to think of themselves as young artists. There is perhaps nothing more challenging than facing a blank piece of paper and asking yourself, ‘How do I get from nothing to something?’
—Chris Fox, Art Department Chair
The arts at Haverford invite the boys to explore their identities. As such, the visual arts are a key part of every Haverford student's experience. Every division includes explorations in the visual arts. All Upper School students enjoy access to several specialized electives. These classes develop student talent while encouraging them to explore their creativity. Students at all levels work with skilled artists—themselves practicing professional artists—amid outstanding resources and facilities.
The visual arts focus on hands-on experiences. The many options available for boys to discover their inner artistic talents include:
- Digital arts and website design
- Video and animation
We aim to foster safe and fun studio environments. We encourage boys to experiment with many types of media and share their artistic inspirations.
Beyond academic pursuits, there are several extra-curricular opportunities in the visual arts available to students including the Art Club, Film Club, Pegasus (our award-winning arts and literary magazine), and the Stop-Motion Club.
In addition, the many gallery spaces and art studios regularly host student shows and professional artist exhibits, who show their work and conduct workshops with classes.
Also, at a recent International Boys’ Schools Coalition Conference, art department chair Chris Fox presented on the topic of Boys as Makers. Fox walked educators through his Creative Process diagram, and explained how it facilitates experiential and cross-discipline learning practices.