Art History

Westover offers a rich and diverse curriculum in art history. In addition to the year-long AP course that builds upon college survey courses, there are a variety of trimester-long classes including “Italian Renaissance Art”, “Women in the Visual Arts”, or “Masterpieces.” These traditional and seminar-style art history courses are complemented by Humanities course offerings which examine period or thematic studies of culture through art history, music, literature, photography, or the classics in courses like “The Romantic Spirit,” “Nature in the Arts,” or “The Art of Protest.”

The Art History program offers students a unique opportunity to examine the past through a variety of different lenses – from social, political, or psychological angles, to more theoretical perspectives including formalist or feminist views. Students not only become comfortable and confident looking at art, but they also build visual literacy that enables them to engage with what they see. Throughout, they hone their analytical skills while they learn to consider how a work of art produces meaning.

These skills in visual literacy are made meaningful through first hand experience—every term, each art history or humanities class takes a field trip to museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Frick Collection, Dia:Beacon, the Wadsworth, Storm King, or the Yale British Center for the Arts, among others, or to musical concerts and ballets at Lincoln Center, for example.

SOMSI Internship

The Sonja Osborn Museum Studies Internship enables a junior or senior to broaden and enrich her dedication to Art History through practical experience in museum work. The program draws on the strengths of two Connecticut institutions, Westover School and Hill-Stead Museum, both of which share a common heritage of celebrating women who possess a strong commitment to and passion for the arts.

The museum studies internship consists of a multi-part program that each student develops in conjunction with Westover’s Art History teacher Ali Hildebrand and Hill-Stead staff members, based on the museum’s needs and the student’s interests. Each week, the student will travel to Hill-Stead where she’ll work with museum curators assisting in educational or public programs, working in collection management, and engaging in research or conservation of the collection.

At the conclusion of the internship, the student will present her experience interning at the museum through two focused projects that investigate Hill-Stead’s collection and consider the shared histories of the school and the museum. This internship will help students gain work experience, learn about museum studies, and build her resume in this field for both her college applications and her career. Interns receive both a stipend for their work at the museum as well as academic credit.

For more information on the Sonja Osborn Museum Studies Internship visit our Signature Programs Page