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.
Jackie comes to us with her Bachelors in Art Education K-12 from Kent State University. She was a stay-at-home mom for 16 years when she started her mural business, Painting by Jackie. She has been a mural artist for 20 years and her work can be found in companies, schools and homes in Westlake, Avon Lake and North Olmsted. Starting in 2007, she was a theatre scenic artist at St. Edward High School for 11 years and their full-time Librarian for 14 years. However, her passion has always been teaching, so she began hosting at-home painting parties through her traveling business, Home is Where the Art is. Jackie considers herself a traveling artist for all ages and brings her creativity, talent, and supplies to homes, offices, and unique settings, such as an alpaca farm and wineries. Jackie has now expanded her repertoire to include painting custom pet portraits. She is looking forward to bringing her teaching and art expertise to a new audience!
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.