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Visual Arts

Students have formal art instruction starting in the three-year-old preschool and visit the lower school art studio once a week through the 5th grade, and 6th graders take art for a quarter. 

High school students have the option of taking one of the following 19 courses in visual arts: AP Studio Art (Drawing), AP Studio Art (2-D Design), AP Studio Art (3-D Design Ceramics), AP Studio Art (3-D Design Sculpture), Art I-IV, Ceramics I-IV, 2-D Design, Photography I & II, Print Design I & II, Sculpture I-IV. 

Our campus has three art studios for instruction, complete with a kiln room for ceramics and a digital photography lab. Hundreds of pieces of student work are on display in nearly every building on campus in special display cases and on the walls.

Students enter their work and receive recognition at the Congressional Art Competition, the S.C. Independent School Association State Art Show, the Converse Women in Art Show, the Sumter County Fair Art Show, and ArtFields Jr.  A high school student is highlighted as the Artist of the Month with his or her work displayed in the Fine Arts Building each month. 

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Kusama Art Projects

Emmy Trueblood

As part of their study of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, one of the most successful artists of her time, students use the artist’s most common themes, pumpkins and polka dots, for their artwork. Taught by Mrs. Renee Norton, students visit the lower school art studio once a week and use a wide variety of age-appropriate mediums.

Johnson Wins Best of Show

Senior Brianna Johnson, a student in the AP Studio Art class taught by Mrs. Tara Schumacher, won Best of Show in the Sumter County Fair Art Show for her colored pencil and graphite drawing. Wilson Hall students received 21 ribbons in the art competition which is open to all students in the county. The following students received a blue ribbon in their respective divisions: Ryan Aamold, Andy Cseh,  Lainey Lee, Zoe Miller, Aubrey Payne, Meredith Rogers, Cameron Trueblood and Caroline Warr.

Ceramics III Project

Students in the Ceramics III class enjoy refreshments using the pitchers and sets of cups they made. Each student created a pitcher and 4 identical cups/mugs as an assignment.

Bubble Art

Students in the 3-D Design class use bubbles to paint as a fun activity while learning about color as an element of art.

Art Showcase

Carlie Fort

The 11th Wilson Hall Art Showcase featured the artwork of students in preschool through twelfth grade, and each art student had at least one piece of artwork in the showcase that featured over 1,000 works of art (ceramics, drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures). Refreshments were served by members of the National Art Honor Society. The art teachers are Mrs. Ashley Lareau, Mrs. Cynthia Hall McGrady, Mrs. Renee Norton and Mrs. Tara Schumacher.

13 Accepted to Prestigious Art Show

The artwork of 13 students has been accepted for ArtFields Jr., an art competition open to students throughout South Carolina. The selection process was extremely competitive with more than 800 submissions from across the state. ArtFields, held in Lake City the week of April 20-30, is one of the south’s premier art competitions and festivals. The goal of the show is to honor the artists of the Southeast with a week’s worth of celebration and competition in the heart of a traditional small southern town. Over $145,000 in prizes will be awarded based on the input of every visitor to ArtFields and a panel of judges made up of acclaimed artists and educators.

The following students of either Mrs. Ashley Lareau, Mrs. Cynthia Hall McGrady ‘15 or Mrs. Tara Schumacher had their work accepted: Rachel Bostic ‘22, Elizabeth Busch ‘24, Emmaly Clark ‘32, Bailey Flemming ‘28, Gavin Getz ‘28, Ava Harkrader ‘31, Kennedy Jamison ‘29, Cameron Limehouse ‘32, Peyton Linginfelter ‘23, Elsie Michaels ‘32, Nathan Owens ‘23, Logan Schumacher ‘25 and Mathew Simmons ‘25,