The Arts

Visual Arts

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, woodworking - and web design.

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 and interpersonal skills. The visual arts are a unique discipline as it places great emphasis on the exercise of the imagination and making actual objects with the hands. Not only are students given the opportunity to express themselves through a variety of media, but they are given life-long skills in using their creativity and increasing the depth of appreciation for art that surrounds them.
Throughout the year, visual arts students have many opportunities to learn from professional artists - from visiting artists and guest speakers to off-campus trips to local studios, museums, and galleries.

Arts Courses:

Studio Art 1, 2
Studio Art 3 Honors
AP Art & Design
Advanced Studio Art Seminar (college-level course)
Art History
Art History AP
Web Development

Meet Our Visual Arts Instructors:

Ellen O. Nelson

Senior Master of the Arts Ellen O. Nelson P'10 '13 has taught multiple levels of studio art and art history throughout her time at The Hill. Ellen also is the Coordinator of the Boyer Gallery and has had her work displayed in numerous galleries and exhibits throughout her career.

Diane Richards

Athey Family Master of the Arts and Chair of the Arts Department Diane Richards P'22 '23 teaches woodworking and photography. An environmental artist, Ms. Richards has displayed her art in several exhibits throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. She also has participated in artist-in-residence programs in Iceland, Philadelphia, and South Africa (2022).

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