Visual Arts

The Visual Arts program at the King School stresses the importance of original creative thinking and personal artistic expression. Students learn to use and manipulate a wide range of media and techniques through assignments that are age appropriate yet challenging. Students are engaged in art making based on observation and vision, they are encouraged to use critical thinking and to persist in exploring unique ways of executing their work. Learning is supported by exposure to the history of art and work from artists around the globe. Reflection and class critiques further strengthen artistic growth. Students gain an understanding and respect for art through interacting with artists that are part of King’s Visiting Artists Program.

Areas of study include painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, ceramics, sculpture, and digital media. In the Lower and Middle School art classes meet two or three times per rotation. At the Upper School, after a one semester required art class, students can choose to take visual arts high school electives in specific disciplines or to take Advanced Art classes as a major course of study. At the advanced level, students are guided in developing a portfolio and creating a website which are used during the college application process.


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Highlighted Courses

DRAWING

This course teaches students how to draw using techniques such as contour and gestural drawing. Emphasis is placed on observational drawing. Various media are explored including graphite, charcoal, and pastels. Students are encouraged to come up with creative solutions to assignments that strengthen technical skills. Class critiques and exposure to art history enrich the syllabus.

CLAY WORKSHOP

This is a class that explores clay as a medium that can surprise us with its many properties and possibilities. In this course, students are exposed to a variety of techniques and skills that enable effective forming of clay. Pinch, coil, slab, and basic hand building techniques, are taught and assignments include applying those techniques to one’s idea. Instruction in wheel throwing is included, but optional. Glazing and firing the pieces are also part of the instruction.

ADVANCED ART 3

This is the most advanced art course taught at King, designed for students who have completed all other art major courses. Students create their own art syllabus guided by the teacher. They keep a detailed sketchbook, establish their own deadlines, and produce sophisticated artworks that highlight their artistic skills and conceptually follow a theme developed by the student. A professional art portfolio is completed and guidance in applying to art schools is provided if needed.

KING PUBLICATIONS: DESIGN AND CONTENT

How do you put a yearbook together? What goes into producing a creative magazine? This year long course will answer these questions by actively teaching students the fundamentals of publishing, including: digital design, copy editing, and photography. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate as a class to design the Yearbook and the literary magazine, Creative Ink. We will establish a theme, design individual pages, tell stories with images, and work with writers to finalize copy. We will develop proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign), and work with an online platform. Students will also understand the importance of real world deadlines and feel the pride associated with creating King publications.

GLOBAL ART, THE PHENOMENON OF HUMAN EXPRESSION

This art history course explores how humans around the globe and throughout time have documented their histories and expressed their ideas with different forms of art. The course looks at art as it relates to specific themes that reflect our shared human experience. Themes covered include: Self and Society; Power, Politics and Glory; Love and Sex; Mortality and Immortality. In addition to traditional assessments, students can choose to do their final project as a research paper, or as a relevant artwork.