High Mowing has a proven track record of providing high-quality instruction in foundational artistic skill-building since 1942. Our program supports students’ ability to think and work artistically without the artificial scaffold of gimmicky programs or the assistance of elaborate technology. Rather, proper skill development brings them closer to the sort of mastery that comes only from spending years honing skills and leaves them free to make informed and skillful artistic choices in any media in the future, rather than find themselves crippled by a dependence on the inadequacies of outdated fads in technology.
Our art department faculty live on campus as artists in residence, using the studios for their own artistic practice. This means they are available to provide open studios and independent classes on an individualized basis. Our Art Department consists of a network of aesthetically inspiring, fully-stocked studios in a wide variety of disciplines including drawing, painting, pottery, metalwork, woodwork, batik, stained glass, clay sculpture, bookbinding, and digital arts. These spaces teach craftsmanship and work ethic, and foster creativity and imagination.
9th & 10th Grades
Our foundational studio art program in ninth and tenth grades provides all HMS students with a basic classical instruction in both two and three dimensions. Students practice black-and-white drawing, perspective and color theory. They learn to model forms in three dimensions. They work in natural materials like stone, clay, wood and copper, and through their artistic work learn to experience and observe the truth of natural processes and scientific theories. Observational exercises in drawing, painting and sculpture and participation in traditional artisan craft processes support students’ ability to know the world around them, develop accuracy, build motor skills, and hone a capacity for self-assessment that can serve them in any field—science, business, medicine or art.
11th & 12th Grade
In eleventh and twelfth grades the time-honored process of skill building—using traditional tools and materials—allows interested students to continue to develop their proficiency and capacity for mature artistic expression. Advanced students have the opportunity in eleventh and twelfth grade to immerse themselves in independent work in a particular discipline, or continue a broader exploration of a variety of media. Both within the daily class structure and after hours, students are guided through an artistic journey with the support of a community of artists. Interested students are encouraged to use their free time to build a body of artistic work that reflects hours of practice and immersion in processes that could not be accomplished within the average school day or year. As a result, students are able to produce very high-caliber art portfolios.