Arts

Enhancing and Enriching the Entire Curriculum

At Hewitt, the arts enhance and enrich the entire curriculum. Arts education at Hewitt affords girls the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the world by taking creative risks, thinking independently, working collaboratively, and exploring visual and performative art from around the world. Through an array of artistic experiences — classes, rehearsals, dramatic productions, concerts and exhibitions — Hewitt girls have opportunities to explore and nurture their own creative abilities, and to analyze, challenge, and connect.

Hewitt’s enviable proximity to New York’s great cultural institutions enables students to experience and learn from the city’s abundant artistic resources. Whether visiting world-famous art institutions, gathering at local galleries, or observing public works hidden in plain sight, Hewitt students interact with art in a meaningful and intentional way that connects back to their own artistic creation.

In addition to annual concerts and exhibitions organized by division, students also have the opportunity to submit works to a student-juried K-12 exhibition, Hewitt’s arts and literary magazines, and national competitions sponsored by Scholastic and Photographer's Forum. Outside of Hewitt, our musical ensembles perform at the NJSMA (New Jersey School Music Association) Elementary Choral Celebration at Drew University, the Riverside Handbell Festival, and the NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Solo Instrument Festival.

Performing Arts Offerings

  • Choir
  • Strings
  • Handbells
  • Dance and Kinesthetic Movement
  • Middle and Upper School Musical
  • Middle School Drama Production
  • Upper School Drama Production
Two students on stage during a production of Oliver!

Oliver!

The cast of Oliver! singing onstage during a performance

Oliver!

Two students on stage during a production of Oliver

Oliver!

Hewitt's upper school choir singing during a performance

Upper School Choir

A student makes a note on her sheet music while holding her violin

Middle school strings

A large group of students performs on risers for an audience of parents

Lower School Winter Concert

Six actors on stage, which is designed to look like a soccer field, during a performance of The Wolves

The Wolves

Seven actors on stage during a performance of The Addams Family

The Addams Family

An overhead shot of middle school strings players and their conductor

Middle school strings

A group of fifth graders perform on stage

Fifth graders perform Formations, a theater and art piece for which they also design props and costumes

Five actors on stage in a scene from The Children's Hour

The Children's Hour

Three students practice dance moves during rehearsal

Third graders work closely with teachers from Alvin Ailey Arts in Education to develop a spring performance

Four actors on stage in a scene from Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Visual Arts Offerings

  • Studio Art
  • Ceramics
  • Scenic Design
  • 3D Art and Design
  • Art and Coding
  • Digital Photography
  • Animation
Two upper school students holding digital cameras

Digital Photography

Two students work on an art project using collage, pencils, markers, and pen

Mixed media art projects

A group of lower school students smile as they press wet felt onto bubble wrap

Wet felting

An upper school student works on a brightly colored painting

Studio Art

A group of middle school students pose in front of a wall of art

Spring art show

A lower school student cuts paper for her collage

Making collages

A middle school student helps an upper schooler with her clay vase

Ceramics

Upper school students construct lanterns out of laser cut wood panels

Design and Making

An upper school student paints on canvas

Studio Art

Scope and Sequence