With 32 different classes offered in the performing and visual arts and extracurricular organizations such as the Instrumental Ensemble and Middle School Theater, Wilson Hall demonstrates its commitment to the importance of arts education. In fact, the S.C. Independent School Association recognized Wilson Hall as having the most successful performing and visual arts program in the state.
Whether through music class in preschool, theater class in the sixth grade, or photography class in the tenth grade, students are exposed to the arts at every grade level.
Wilson Hall believes that a student cannot be truly well-rounded without a foundation in the performing and visual arts, and it is through the arts that students are encouraged to express themselves and are inspired to discover new talents.
Students in the performing and visual arts classes, escorted by their teachers, visited New York City for a fine arts appreciation trip March 6-9 and stayed in the Hilton Midtown in Manhattan. To learn more about artists, art history and different styles of art, the group visited the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as the Met Breur for the exhibit of Gerhard Richter who is considered to be one of the world’s most important living artists. In addition, students visited the The Armory Show, New York City’s premier art fair featuring the world’s most important artwork from the 20th and 21st centuries.
For the experience of live theater, students attended one of the following Broadway shows in the Theater District: The Lion King, Mean Girls, or Wicked. Expanding their theater experience, students and chaperons participated in a private improvisational class held in a studio in Hell’s Kitchen.
The trip provided the opportunity for students to experience the culture of New York City as they walked through Central Park, shopped in SoHo, dined in Times Square, and ice skated at Rockefeller Plaza. Mrs. Ashley Lareau, Art Department Chair, organized the trip and she was assisted in chaperoning by Mr. George Carruth, theatre teacher, and Mrs. Tara Schumacher, an art teacher. Mrs. Susan Barfield, Mr. Sean Hoskins and Mrs. Cheryl Landstrom also went on the trip.
The Fine Arts Building is transformed into an art gallery for the Wilson Hall Art Showcase each May. The exhibition features the artwork of students in preschool through twelfth grade. Each art student has at least one piece of artwork in the show which features over 1,000 works of art (ceramics, drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures). At the reception, which has live entertainment by the Instrumental Ensemble and High School Chorus, refreshments are served by members of the National Art Honor Society.