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Bishop Hartley offers nearly 40 performing and visual arts courses to students, across a variety of disciplines. With practicing artists and performers leading the way, our faculty believes this foundation in art helps to shape our students into dedicated, confident, and well-rounded individuals.

Visual & Performing Arts Courses


  • Studio One
  • Art History
  • Digital Design
  • Studio Two
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Studio Three (Portfolio)
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • 3D Design
  • AP 2D Design
  • AP 3D Design
  • AP Drawing

Visual Arts Course Catalog


  • Drama 1
  • Drama 2
  • Drama 3/Drama 4
  • Vocal Ensemble
  • Concert Choir
  • Dance 1
  • Dance 2
  • Dance 3/Dance 4
  • Musical Theatre 1
  • Musical Theatre 2
  • Introduction to Playwriting
  • Advanced Playwriting
  • Costume/Fashion Design

Drama, Dance, & Vocal Music Course Catalog


  • Beginning Band
  • Beginning Percussion
  • Advanced Band
  • String Orchestra
  • Music History
  • Music Technology

Instrumental Music Course Catalog


  • Introduction to Video Production
  • Accelerated Video Production
  • Yearbook I
  • Yearbook II

Learn more about each course and credits in the Course Catalogs.

Video Production & Yearbook Course Catalog





Bishop Hartley offers courses from introductory theory and processes to advanced art making in a wide variety of media. Our courses include introductory & advanced instruction in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, digital design, and art history. We also offer three Advanced Placement courses with which a student could receive college credit if their portfolio scores well. Every year, our students score above the national average.

Our three studios are well equipped for most 2D and 3D art makers. Our instructors are practicing artists who share their own passion and dedication with students. Our standards are high. We believe that as art makers, we can never stop learning because active physical and mental engagement equals success.

PERFORMING ARTS—Drama, Dance, & Vocal Music

Bishop Hartley offers courses in various areas of the performing arts. Students can receive a Varsity Letter in Drama by participating as cast or crew for our drama productions. The Vocal Music Department performs four concerts each year: Fall, Christmas, Lent, and Spring.

We believe the performing arts help to shape our students into dedicated, confident, and well-rounded individuals. Our teachers are practicing performers who share their own passion and dedication with their students. We put on three Drama Productions each year. We perform all of our Drama Productions at The Columbus Performing Arts Center.

PERFORMING ARTS—Instrumental Music

The Performing Arts and Instrumental Music foster a growth mindset. As performers, we believe that there is always room to grow and improve—we are never done learning.

In our classrooms, we foster a positive learning environment that allows students to recognize that mistakes are part of the learning process. We recognize that the journey which leads to the final performance is equally important as the performance itself.

Bishop Hartley offers Advanced Band course for students who have been in middle school band and wish to continue developing skills. This course is comprised of a marching band experience in the fall and concert band experience in winter/spring. We continue to offer non-performing courses for students interested in music, but not wishing to perform.


The Bishop Hartley yearbook is a joint collaboration between advisor and students. Being offered as a class provides students with a unique environment to hone their talents and skills under instructor supervision. Our students get hands on experience working with industry software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Bishop Hartley has successfully produced 40+ yearbooks in the span of its publication. Yearbook can provide skills centered around investigative and journalistic critical thinking that can lead to interest in careers such as journalism, criminal investigation, photography, and graphic/web design.

Learning skills of video production and editing is a valuable tool in school for projects but also in life for a career and various life events. Videos have a way of providing a movie track for our lives. Our video production courses support the development of production skills from introduction to video production.


Bishop Hartley offers related clubs and activities, including Drama Club, Art Club, Choir, Dance Team, Instrumental Music, and Video Production Club. Learn more about these and other clubs.

Visual & Performing Arts Department

Mr. Larry Gallick, Department Chair

Larry Gallick teaches Visual Arts at Bishop Hartley High School. Prior to his start at BHHS in 2015, Mr. Gallick taught Visual Art and Mathematics to all grades at Saint Catharine Elementary School for 16 years. At Bishop Hartley he teaches Art History, Art Fundamentals, Drawing, Painting, 2D Design, Ceramics, Sculpture, Photography, and several advanced courses including, Advanced Placement (college-level) courses.

He received a Fine Arts diploma from Walnut Ridge High School in Columbus, Ohio. In the statewide 1975 Governor’s High School Youth Art Show, he was one of the 25 Governor’s Award medal winners and earned two honorable mentions. During his senior year in high school, he was an assistant to the art teacher an instructor for photography which inspired him to pursue a career as an art teacher. After high school, Mr. Gallick attended The Ohio State University and earned a Fine Arts degree in Printmaking with minors in Art History and Photography. Continuing his postgraduate education, he acquired a teaching certificate from Ashland University in 1999. He is an accomplished artist in a variety of media including drawing, painting, silkscreen, etching, photography, ceramics, sculpture, and woodworking.

Mr. Gallick spent several years in business before achieving his dream of becoming a high school art teacher. Due to his business management background, Mr. Gallick believes it is his mission is to educate students to become better informed and more productive citizens by increasing their skill, self-awareness and self-worth through the accomplishment of rigorous goals.


Visual & Performing Arts Department


Mr. David Gieseler

David Gieseler, Band Director of the Performing Arts Department, has taught at Bishop Hartley since 2019. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Bowling Green State University. Prior to teaching at Bishop Hartley, Mr. Gieseler taught for three years in the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada, and set several records for the Band program's state adjudication ratings. In addition to being an educator, Mr. Gieseler also is an active trumpet player, having played at national music education conferences, and is currently playing with several different community bands in the Columbus area.


Mr. Andrew Jahahn, M.Ed.

Andrew Jahahn, Vice Principal of Operations and Video Production Teacher, has taught at Bishop Hartley since 2009 and is an alumni of the class of 2004. He received his Bachelor of Education in Integrated Social Studies and his Master of Educational Leadership from Ohio Dominican University. In addition to teaching in the Visual and Performing Arts Department, Mr. Jahahn is the Director of Technology and the House System. He loves teaching video production to witness students creativity, ingenuity and the ability to bring a vision to the screen.


Mrs. Rachel Verdi

Rachel Verdi has taught at Bishop Hartley since 2014. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from The Ohio State University and her Master of Arts in Theatre Education from the New York University. While at Ohio State, she also minored in Dance, English, and Communication. In addition to her role as an educator, she has gained numerous performance credits, both in New York and Columbus. Although she is most known as a Musical Theatre actress, she has also performed film, commercial, and traditional theatre work. Mrs. Verdi also leads the Bishop Hartley choir clubs.


Ms. Monica Van Horn

Bio coming soon!

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