The Visual Arts Program at The Hill School is designed to offer students an array of experiences through various traditional media - drawing, painting, sculpting, photography, fiber arts - and more innovative media such as video production, graphic communications, design thinking, and design technology.
These various arts courses expose students to the fundamentals and principles of art and design. Emphasis is placed on solid composition building along with developing design thinking skills. The visual arts is a unique discipline because great emphasis is placed on the exercise of the imagination and making actual objects with the hands. Not only are students given the opportunity to experience the satisfaction of making art, but they are given life-long skills in using their creativity and increasing the depth of appreciation for art that surrounds them.
Visual Arts students have multiple opportunities to compete locally and nationally. Students participate in the annual MAPL Student Exhibition during the spring. This exhibit rotates through five of the MAPL school and provides students with an opportunity to meet art students from other MAPL schools. Additionally, students are encouraged to compete in the Scholastic Writing & Art Awards, Wharton Esherick Museum’s Student Woodblock Print Competition, and various other competitions throughout the state and country.