Visual Art Department
Visual art classes and instruction at BW’s Community Art School provide challenging courses and a creative outlet for students of all experience levels. Refine your skills as an artist, or discover a completely new art form as a beginner to expand your skills. As an extension of Baldwin Wallace University, courses leverage resources and expertise of the University to provide the community with a high-level of instruction. Our classes provide a welcoming environment where students are free to create and explore their craft together.
In-person CAS visual art classes are held at the Whistle Stop location, 611 West Bagley Road (2nd Floor), conveniently located a few minutes from Baldwin Wallace University’s main campus.
Visual Arts Faculty
As an art educator, Dottie strives to inspire students to express their thoughts and feelings creatively while increasing their technical skills and self-confidence. Combining her knowledge of art history, contemporary social issues and new artistic mediums, Dottie brings with her expertise in drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography, 2- and 3-dimensional art, mixed media as well as digital and glitch art.
After earning her Bachelors in Art Education from Kent State University, Dottie went on to achieve a Masters in Arts and Education at Birmingham City University in England. Her classroom experience with grades kindergarten through 8th has included traditional and hybrid instruction along with integration of STEM programming, all in accordance with Ohio Visual Art Standards. She is a member of Ohio Art Education Association and National Art Education Association.
Karyn Rodems is a 2010 graduate of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio with a Master of Arts in Art Education and a Multi-Age Visual Arts Teaching License. She also received her Bachelors in Art History and Art Studio from Case Western Reserve University in 2007. Karyn’s career goal as an art educator is to create and sustain an enriching and well-rounded curriculum in the visual arts. Her medium of choice is painting and drawing, while now delving more into the of the art of photography.
In her recent experience at Medina High School, Karyn crafted and implemented a complete Digital Art and Photography curriculum. Her students went on to earn awards and recognition in Ohio’s Governor’s Art Exhibition in 2019 and Scholastics Art Competition in 2020. She has also participated in other various art competitions while teaching elementary and middle school art from 2010-2018.
Throughout Karyn’s career she have been recognized for improving student’s artistic performance and developing innovative programs. What she brings to her teaching includes organizational and classroom management skills, the ability to keep students active and interested, and a strong desire to provide the highest quality of art education possible. Her teaching combines encouragement of exploration with providing students the conceptual and technical tools they will need to produce, understand, and improve their work. Karyn believes that the most valuable lesson that any student can learn is to pursue their own goals, defining and refining ideas while developing the material skills and craft necessary to execute them independently.
Visual Arts Classes
Enroll in a visual art class in drawing, art exploration, and more! Classes are available for students age 8 through 18. Art Fundamentals and Portfolio Prep classes are also offered to high school students looking to hone their artistic skills and plan for the college application process.
CAS UNBOXED™ brings the quality arts programs you expect from Baldwin Wallace University's Community Arts School straight to your home! Virtual classes are led by expert BW CAS faculty and are specifically designed for a completely online style of learning. In these 5-week virtual classes, students will receive weekly interactive video lessons that students can engage with at any point throughout the week. All the materials you'll need for the class will be shipped directly to your door before the program begins.