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From drawing to jewelry-making and creation to exhibition.

Upper School

"We find the students from Woodward Academy to have an incredible amount of artistic talent. And we know from our history that Woodward students also can handle the rigors of our academic curriculum."
-- The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Woodward student painting with teacher

Upper School

Our program embraces a broad range of visual arts—drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and jewelry-making. Students are taught by talented, dedicated instructors who provide them with individual attention in studio facilities that are the equal of college art programs. Art students learn to think creatively, use self-expression, and to evaluate, critique, and exhibit their work. Students enjoy travel opportunities to epicenters of the arts like New York City and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visiting artists come to campus to demonstrate, lecture, and give workshops. In the spring, art students take part in Experience the Arts Day, a joyful, outdoor celebration of the arts. Our graduates go on to some of the most celebrated art schools in the region and the nation, including The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Rhode Island School of Design, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), NYU - Tisch School of the Arts, and California Institute of Art.

Chris Greenway

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Upper School
Department(s)
Faculty/Teacher, Visual Arts
Title(s)
Teacher - Visual Arts, Department Chair

Contact Information

School Email
(Primary)
School Phone
404-765-1496

Education

Degree(s)
B.S.Ed., Georgia Southern University

Other Information

Employed Since
1981
Mr. Greenway holds a bachelor’s degree in painting from Georgia Southern University and has conducted advanced studies at Georgia State and the Rhode Island School of Design. He has been teaching at Woodward since 1981. Read More

Andy Cunningham

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Upper School
Department(s)
Faculty/Teacher, Visual Arts
Title(s)
Teacher - Visual Arts

Contact Information

School Email
(Primary)
School Phone
404-765-1490

Education

Degree(s)
B.F.A., Georgia State University
M.F.A., Georgia State University

Other Information

Employed Since
1985

Jennifer Knox

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Upper School
Department(s)
Faculty/Teacher, Visual Arts
Title(s)
Teacher - Visual Arts

Contact Information

School Email
(Primary)
School Phone
404-765-1543

Education

Degree(s)
B.F.A., University of North Carolina-Asheville

Other Information

Employed Since
2006

Course Descriptions

Design Studio 1 & 2

The Design Studio 1 semester course offers students the opportunity to study a variety of media and techniques with emphasis on building knowledge of the elements and principles of design. Students explore drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. In Design 2, the second semester of design focuses on a continuation of methods learned in Design 1, with students exploring more complex problems to build their knowledge and skills.

Drawing 1 & 2

The semester studio course Drawing 1 offers students the opportunity to explore a variety of drawing techniques while exploring the elements of line, value, space, shape, and texture. In Drawing 2, the second semester is concerned with solving problems in drawing, building on the foundation of Drawing 1, and introducing color. Drawing 2 includes intensive study of two-dimensional surface treatment, illusion of space, and structure of objects.

Painting 1 & 2

Students in Painting 1 explore painting techniques including acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media while learning to see by direct observation and studying visual organization of elements. Classroom critiques are included in the semester course. Painting 2 is a continuation of Painting 1 with emphasis on response to color, form, and a feeling for paint. Students explore expressive techniques and a contemporary approach to painting.

Advanced Painting

This honors course for the serious, highly motivated art student provides the opportunity for a year-long study of drawing and painting. Students are encouraged to develop their own style and direction.

Photography 1 & 2

Students learn to use a 35mm film camera, develop and print film, work in a darkroom, and exhibit photos. Photographic design, composition, and expression are emphasized. In Photography 2, students continue to explore more advanced camera and darkroom techniques using multiple images, high contrast, solarization, and other alternative concepts. Students also experiment with 4x5, pinhole, and Holga cameras.

Advanced Photography

This course provides students with further study of camera and darkroom techniques with emphasis on independent work and experimentation. Alternative techniques are emphasized, and students are encouraged to develop their own style and work beyond the classroom.

Jewelry Design 1 & 2

Jewelry Design 1 is a study in traditional metal techniques, using tools, materials, and methods such as sawing metals, finishing metals, and fabricating metals, including brass, silver, and copper. Jewelry Design 2 is a continuation of the first course, in which students learn about casting objects, inlaying of metals, and other advanced techniques.

Ceramics 1 & 2

Ceramics 1 is a studio course designed to offer students experiences in the techniques of clay design through hand-building and glazing methods. Ceramics 2 offers students an advanced experience in working with clay, including glaze formation, surface design, and alternative firing techniques.

3-Dimensional Design

This semester course offers students the opportunity to experiment in three-dimensional design, using materials such as paper, plaster, wood, clay, and wire for construction.

Advanced Sculpture

This course offers the highly motivated art student a year-long study of sculptural forms. Many different materials and techniques are explored to enable individual expression.

Student Work

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