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Donna Cratin - Chair/ Art Instructor

Annual Senior Art Exhibit Thursday, April 28th. 6:30 pm


Students: See Summer Assignments at bottom of the page.


Newsworthy Events:

Art Futures Grant Winners! 

Congratulations to our senior art students for receiving the Renee Magritte Award, and the People's Choice Runner Up Award for our clay mandala piece that was on exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in April and May of 2015. Harmonia Elementorum depicts the 5 Natural Elements in a radial design using abstract forms. It is now resides in our main entrance for public view.

We are so proud of our students' talents and accomplishments! 


Art Futures Grant Award!

Cardinal O'Hara High School was awarded the Art Futures Grant by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in January. It is an artist-in-residency program that allows a professional artist to work with a class on a special project. Currently Ms. Marguerita Hagan, a sculptor, is working with our seniors on an installation piece for our school. The students are learning new techniques in clay, and will be participating in a special "pit firing" process outside in late March. The finished piece will be a part of a juried exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in May. After the exhibit, it will be installed in our school.

As a part of this grant, the students were given several free trips with guided tours to the museum. In addition to this, each student was given one year of free admittance to the museum. This unique experience has broadened the students' educational experience as they worked with professional artists on this creative group project. Marguerita invited a successful architectural designer to guide our students through the structural drawing process. Mr. Pierre Trombert is responsible for designing several major structures in Philadelphia, and was involved in the design of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) on City Ave. The students were very fortunate to have two professionals working with them on this unique project!

We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to seeing its results!



Additional Art Awards: (2015)

Sarah A, Corin H., and Yicheng W. all placed at the state level in a VFW Regional Art Contest. Their artwork depicted patriotism and a love for our coutnry. Both Sarah's and Yicheng's work will be sent to the national competition this summer, where they could win up to $50,000 in scholarships.  We wish them luck!

Corin H. won Second Place for her drawing titled "Complication" in our Archdiocesan Annual Art Exhibit. 

Corin H., Gianna C., and Sarah A. all won Honorable Mentions in the national 2D3D Art & Design Competition hosted by Clevland Institute of Art. 



BLOCS Art Contest Winners!!!!

Two of Cardinal O'Hara's art students placed 1st and 3rd in a recent area-wide Art Contest sponsored by BLOCS! The theme was "Why a Catholic Education is a gift to me".

Corin H. won First Place, and Carrie Z. won 3rd! Both girls will be receiving tuition awards. We are so proud of them!! 


Future Fashion Designer!

Congratulations to current art student, Mel. L., who was offered an internship with local fashion designer, Lilly Pulitzer, last summer!  Mel was offered this chance through Moore College of Art's Young Artist Workshop. Mel is currently an A.P. Art student in our program. We are extremely proud of her talent and accomplishments! (2014)


Congratulations Sarah A., for receiving "Honorable Mention" in the "2D3D National Art and Design Contest" sponsored by the Cleveland Institute of Art. Good job Sarah! (2014)


Congratulations Graduates!!!

During my career, many of my students have been accepted to many top art schools and programs in the nation. Many have received scholarships for their outstanding portfolios and academic standings. Listed below is a sampling of the various colleges and programs. 

Carnegie Mellon University

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

School of the Art Institute Chicago (SAIC)

Tyler School of Art

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

Ringling College of Art & Design,

Philadelphia University 

School of the Visual Arts, NY

University of the Arts 

Arcadia University

University of Delaware

Delaware College of Art & Design

Kutztown University

Drexel University, Design School

Parsons, N.Y.

Moore College of Art & Design

Savannah College of Art

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCU)

University of Pennsylvania


Many of these students have successful careers in the arts and are working professionally all over the nation!


Cardinal O'Hara on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art! (2013)

Several students were featured in a special exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art last November and December. The theme of the exhibit was "Nature and Art", and included works from a limited amount of schools throughout the Philadelphia area. Our Art 3 and 4 students received rave reviews from both the public and the museum staff. We look forward to more exhibit opportunities!


Art Courses Information:

All of the art levels at COHS are sequential track 1 classes, and cover a wide range of elements, principles, concepts, genres, and mediums.

Art 1: Foundation,  and Art 2: Design & Drawing cover Elements of Art and Principles of Design, as well as establish a strong foundation in drawing and visual aesthetics. Students will be introduced to a variety of mediums and techniques, including computer graphics and 3-dimensional design. Many artists, styles, and cultures are studied as inspiration for certain projects.

Art 3: Portfolio, and Art 4: Advanced Art are major courses of study that allow students to build a strong portfolio, while developing a personal style and strong visual voice. Major artists and cultures, and their contributions, are continually studied as influence for some projects. Lessons become more conceptual in nature, and students are encouraged to uniquely answer artistic problems using a variety of materials. 

Advanced Placement Studio Art is a college level course that prepares students for real college experience. Students will be expected to work at a more advanced level, and will produced 2 or 3xs the work of a high school art major. 

Students completing three or four years of the Cardinal O'Hara art program will be well-prepared for any art-college (or art major) experience. Students will be armed with a strong body of work that shows well-developed skills, and a variety of experiences. 



Summer Assignments for Art 2, 3, 4, and A.P. are attached. 

Have a great summer!

Art 2 Summer Assignments

Art 3 Summer Assignments


Art 4 Summer Assignments

A.P. Studio Art