Art History with Mrs. Hilyard

Lucas Owens (front) and Tony Jordan (back) make a recreation of Leonardo da Vinci’s, Vitruvian Man

Nowata High School’s Art History class is taught by Mrs. Hilyard. There are 30 students in the class and it takes place during fifth hour and it is a normal 45 minute class period. The Art History Class has been going through art pieces and styles in chronological order, starting with prehistoric art and discussing the importance of certain periods of time in the history of art. Though there isn’t a competition specifically for Art History, a lot of students who take the class are also in academics and can answer art related questions during competitions.

Every year the Art History Class has a big Pente tournament, which is like Connect Four but using five markers, it is a strategy game created in 1977. Each year’s winner receives a Pente game board made by Mrs. Hilyard. Tony Ellis won this year’s tournament and will receive the board.

Students Samantha Johnson, Emily Bell, Wyatt Sanders and Tanner May recreate The Baptism of Christ, painted by Andrea del Verrocchio and Leonardo da Vinci.

“My favorite part (of Art History) is seeing the students become attached to certain styles and pieces of art. I love watching art become a part of their life,” explained Mrs. Hilyard.

At the end of the year, the class takes a two day trip to Kansas City. While there the students tour the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. “We take them to the museum because then whenever they go to another museum, they’ll know what they are looking at,” said Mrs. Hilyard. While in Kansas City, the class also goes to the amusement park, Worlds Of Fun.

Art History is a great class to take if you’re interested in the evolution of art!