Since the beginning of civilization, humans have displayed an inherent and fundamental need to create personal, social, cultural and aesthetic meaning through art. Not only do the arts bridge our understanding of our past and lead the way for our future, but we have discovered that an intrinsic and organic way to learn is developed through the arts. Typically, these embrace a wide range of expressive forms from a variety of cultural contexts in theater, dance, music, and visual art. Expression in the arts is characterized by forms of visual representation which reflect the cultures of differences in oneself, concepts, and societies.
The visual art program at Hillel provides hands-on creative opportunities for students to explore the visual world and develop the skills needed to express themselves creatively with confidence. Artistic expression ranges from traditional forms to the varied and dispersed practices associated with design, craft, drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture.
Our spiraling curriculum provides each grade level with developmentally appropriate challenges. We are proud to engage each student as an individual and develop their critical thinking skills as well as the language to evaluate their own and others’ art work.
In each grade, we look at the elements of art and the principles of design through the focus of problem solving skills, critical thinking, hands-on, confidence-building, cross-curricular projects, integrating art history and art appreciation skills throughout. Guided by the National Core Arts Standards we believe creativity and innovative thinking are essential life skills that can be developed by creating, presenting, responding, and connecting through the arts.