Oak Hill values the arts as an integral part of educating the whole child.
We offer weekly theater, visual art, music, and band courses, and host regular artists in residence who come to share their experiences and skills with Oak Hill students. Our students are creative and talented, and have won acclaim at the Mayor’s Teen Art Show and been featured on a local recycling truck.
Oak Hill Art students have exhibited artwork on campus and in the Eugene-Springfield communities every year! Student artwork off campus has been exhibited at (and on):
• Eugene Public Library (multiple times)
• Lane Community College Art Gallery (Black History Month)
• Eugene Celebration …walking puppets in parade
• Earth Day Media Posters
• Main Stage Theater Posters for HS productions
• Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
• Multiple Student shows and Día de los Muertos ofrenda and poster art
• Humane Society Student contest exhibition
• French restaurant downtown Eugene (featured in First Friday Art-walk)
• 2 downtown Eugene galleries
• LCAS (Lane County Animal Services) adoption agency
• Planned Parenthood foyer installation
• Maude Kern’s Mayor’s Teen art exhibits
• Two sides of a Sani-Pac Recycling Truck
Artwork has also been in the following publications:
• Eugene Weekly cover art
• Multiple BRING Calendars
• Children’s Miracle Network Calendar
• 2 school book publications
Professional artists from Guanajuato, Mexico coordinate with the Oak Hill Art specialist to provide workshops in the Oak Hill art studios each year.
A variety of primitive cultural arts are taught to K-12 Art students through demonstrations, historical presentations, and personalized instruction. New vocabulary and terminology is integrated into this process, and students speak Spanish during each lesson. Each student creates individualized art while appropriating pre-Columbian symbolism and technical skills. The artwork is traditionally displayed for the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the University of Oregon campus every year. Types of artwork created through the years have included: wheel thrown and hand built pottery, sugar art “Alfenique” with plaster mold preparation, paper mache animals and calaveras art, drawings, collage, paintings, Pinata construction, drawings, collages, printmaking, and paintings.
The Equinox Conference is a special yearly tradition that concludes the Mexican student exchange visit and gives Oak Hill students the opportunity to learn from University of Oregon international students about their home culture. Each year, a tree is planted on the Oak Hill campus, and poems in Spanish, Chinese, and French about the environment are read to open the conferences. University of Oregon international students from the International Cultural Service Program conduct seminars spanning the day, and the day ends with the Neon Dance.