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Our Mission is to inspire and prepare all students to realize their potential and enhance our global community.


110 Beechwood Road
West Hartford, CT 06107
Phone: 860-231-5000
Fax: 860-521-6699

Julio Duarte, Principal 

Visual Arts



Art Brochure (pdf)


The visual arts curriculum encompasses the four components of Comprehensive Art Education (Discipline Based Art Education), art production, art history, aesthetics, and art criticism which encourage students to see and think about the world from different perspectives. Every student is entitled to a quality education in the visual arts. Such an education will provide students with the means to:

  • Value art as an important realm of human activity, and a lifelong source of insight and understanding
  • Offer self-reflective opportunities focusing on expression and development of personal style
  • Provide opportunities to develop interpersonal skills through collaborative work
  • Improve perceptual skills and strengthen their knowledge base
  • Enhance their critical and creative thinking abilities as well as problem solving skills
  • Develop visual literacy skills
  • Broaden their career opportunities and possible application
  • Foster development of 21st century skills

Course offerings provide guided learning experiences with two-dimensional and three-dimensional art forms and concepts. A variety of subject matter, materials, tools and production techniques are explored. The courses encourage students to make connections with other disciplines through class discussions, assignments, research, readings, lectures, guest speakers and field trips.


Department Staff




Title Ext Email Website
 Pam Murphy Department Supervisor      5186      pam_murphy@whps.org  
 Jessica Fallis Teacher  6184  jessica_fallis@whps.org website
 Brigid Kennedy     Teacher 6182   brigid_kennedy@whps.org      website

Courses Offered

Ceramics I, II
Drawing I, II
Painting I, II
Sculpture I, II
Survey of Visual Arts Processes,Media and Techniques I, II
Design in Everyday Life: A Personal Perspective
Design in Everyday Life: A Global Perspective
Portfolio Preparation
AP Studio Art

Art News

Conard joined the rest of the schools in West Hartford to celebrate Artbeat 2016. The reception for this district wide exhibition was held at the West Hartford Art League on Wednesday, March 9. ArtBeat 2016 will be on display at the West Hartford Art League until April 3, 2016.
Elijah Hollens was proud to be joined by his brothers Damel and Darrell to recognize his impressive mixed media piece: 'Happiness is the Truth" . 
Please join the Conard Art Department in congratulating and celebrating the following Advanced Placement Studio Art students. They are 2016 Scholastic Visual Arts Awardees. the mission of the Scholastic Art and Writing awards is to  is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world. 
These award winners are a testament to our incredible visual arts program, our exceptional students and their vision! 
Camilla Bowin - Design Category - "Fractured Simplicity" - Gold Key
Kayla Golden - Art Portfolio, Illustration and Story Telling Category, one piece, "Elegance",  out of the eight submitted will be exhibited - Gold Key
Julia Monyak - Drawing and Illustration category - "Beneath the Skin" - Gold Key
This 2016 Scholastic Visual Arts Exhibition is a highly competitive, statewide juried show sponsored by the Connecticut Art Educations Association. The exhibit runs from January 17 – February 5, 2016 at Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School on the University of Hartford campus. It is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and weekends from 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Congratulations, Brigid Kennedy! Advanced Placement art student,Tiffany Wang, and her mother, Charlene have been invaluable assistants, volunteering their time and energy to assist Ms. Kennedy in her sculpture installation on Governors Island, in New York City. Click here for more info!
The West Hartford Art & Music Club's purpose is to raise funds that can be offered in the form of a scholarship to a graduating high school student who plan on attending an art or music school or majoring in either discipline. This year the scholarship was given to Amy Hambrecht!



The Conard Art Department would like to congratulate Becca Z on winning 1st prize in the 32 Annual Congressional Arts Competition. This event is supported by Congressman John B. Larson.  Becca's expressive self portrait, 'Mirror', was recognized for excellence. Becca's artwork represent our district. It  will be professionally framed and hung in the Capitol building for one year. She has also won a $12,000 scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and two round trip airline tickets to attend the Gala Celebration in Washington D.C. in early July. 
Please join us in congratulating Becca who is the second student to win this prestigious award two years in a row! Jensun Y won first place last year! 

The Conard Art Department would like to announce two art exhibitions that  our students have work in. 
   First, Canton's Artists' Guild has organized 'Next: emerging talent, an exhibition of outstanding art by regional high school juniors and seniors'. The exhibition is fromMarch 21 - April 4, 2014 at the Gallery on the Green. The opening reception is Sunday, March 23, 2-5 pm.  Randy Begin, Jamal Brucelis, Jordan Hutensky, Shayla McKeown and Rickchen Yonjan have artwork in this exhibiton that features work from 12 regional high schools.
firefighter two faces
Secondly, Conard senior Cora Allen has work on display at the Golden Thread Gallery. The theme of the exhibition is 'Voyage". This is a juried exhibition and Cora is the first high school student to show in this new gallery located on the grounds of the Holy Family Retreat Center on Tunxis Road! 

Conard Student's Artwork on Display at High School, Inc.
Mr. Terrell Hill, Principal of High School, Inc. visited Conard dring the CREC Open House in early December. At that time, he viewed Lauren Windhorst's moving portrait of humanitarian, Nelson Mandela which was on display in our showcase.  Since then, Mr. Hill  added this portrait to his collection of world leaders at High School, Inc., the school with a focus on insurance and finance. 
Mr. Hill visited Conard to meet Laura Windhorst, artist and creator of the portrait of Nelson Mandela. He thanked her for her exceptional portrait of this world leader.
The following are Laura's words: 
"I think Nelson Mandela is a role model for all of us. He is so impressive that I cannot even find the right words that would describe such a great man.  He changed this world and made it a better place for teaching us the lesson of forgiveness. He fought for his rights and the rights of all people and he was a great leader in the freedom struggle. 
When I heard about Nelson Mandela's death, I was sad and shocked.  But I like to think that he will continue to live on in all of us and that his legacy will never be forgotten."

Jensun Yonjan Wins first Place Prize in the 31st Annual Congressional Art Competition


Jensun Yonjan has won first place in this prestigious competition (sponsored by Congressman John B. Larson) for his photograph, 'Evanescent'! The work was displayed at the Wadsworth Atheneum last night as part of the 'First Thursday' program. 
Jensun's winning photograph will be displayed in an eleven month exhibit in the Cannon Tunnel that leads into the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
He also receives two Southwest Airline tickets to attend the opening ceremony of this year's exhibit and a four year $3,000 per year scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design. 
Judges were Ed Johnetta Miller - fiber Artist, John Nordyke - Professor of Fine Arts Hartford Art School, Julie Sawyer - Professor at UMASS and Tunxis.

Ryan Martin and Jensun Yonjan Recognized for Excellence at Connecticut Association of Schools Awards Banquet 

Conard Art Department recognized two outstanding seniors, Ryan Martin and Jensun Yonjan, for their excellence in the visual arts at the Connecticut Association of Schools annual awards dinner on April 1, 2013.

art award

Visual Arts Showcase 2016

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