Why do we make art? What does it mean to be creative? How can I express my ideas and feelings through the visual arts? Students investigate these questions and find more avenues of inquiry in art education at Oak Hill School. Art creation, discussion, and reflection develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. Young artists interpret, explore, experiment, create and reflect on their own work and work of their peers making art a meaning making endeavor rather than simply crafting a product.
Art is an exciting and vital component of the Oak Hill School education. The art curriculum is designed to stimulate students’ creativity, encourage self-expression and help the students’ perceive the world in new and different ways. In the art room, students investigate famous artists of the past, examine work by contemporary artists, and explore arts and crafts of many cultures around the world. Students experiment with a variety of tools and techniques to create unique artworks that link to their personal interests and experiences.
Much of the comprehensive visual art program connects with units of study in the classroom curriculum with interdisciplinary links to math, history, language arts, social studies, science, and music and beyond. Local artists visits and demonstrations, as well as field trips to local museums, enhance the student’s art experience at Oak Hill School.