Arts

At King School, our students are exposed to many forms of creative expression and encouraged to pursue an artistic passion or discover a new one.

King’s Performing Arts program, which includes theater arts, music, and dance, offers students the opportunity to make personal and cultural discoveries by participating in a creative, disciplined and collaborative process. Through a structured communal process, students develop self-confidence, perseverance, imagination, reflective thinking, and intuition.

The Art and Design program at King School stresses the importance of original creative thinking and personal artistic expression. Students learn to use a wide range of art media, techniques, and design concepts through assignments that are age appropriate and challenging. A wide variety of traditional art classes are offered as well as digital media, including photography, animation, and filmmaking. Each class culminates in an OPEN project , which stands for Original, Personal, Experienced, and Novel. Students independently apply their learning by creating an original project of personal significance, becoming experienced through practice while exploring novel ideas and applications. 

King’s stunning state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center (PAC) plus multiple art studios across campus offer tremendous support for students' creative pursuits. The lobby of the (PAC) doubles as extraordinary exhibition space for students, professional artists, and alumni. The Lower School Makerspace and the Middle and Upper School Innovation Lab provide additional opportunities for students to design solutions to real world problems. 

Arts in Action

Greta Hoffmeister '21 learns to design and weld in AP 3D Design

Greta Hoffmeister '21, as part of her studies this fall in AP 3D Design, wanted to expand her skills as an artist by learning to weld.  Art and Design Faculty David Hughes enthusiastically shared his expertise with Greta, encouraging and enabling her to design and weld a sheet metal sculpture from steel plates. Describing her artistic journey, Greta explains that "The piece is a continuation into my exploration of the human experience and the human identity as it serves to explore the dynamic of one's family." 

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The Upper School Band 2020 Fall Album rocks!  Enjoy The Penguin's Earth Angel, Presley's Hound Dog, plus more.

John Russell '22 reflects on the Upper School Band Rock & Roll unit, sharing, "Our focus in Band this quarter was 1950's rock and roll. We analyzed the music's form and composition; we also studied the history behind the music. This dual approach gave us a rich understanding of and appreciation for the artists of the time." Read the full story and enjoy listening to the students' album!

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Middle and Upper School thespians explore connection, communication and identity in Bridges, a series of play readings

Middle and Upper School's talented artists are collaborating this Fall to perform Bridges, a collection of powerful Readings centered on communication, connection, and identity.  These themes are highly relevant to adolescents and young adults and certainly resonate during this pandemic as we all try to understand how meaningfully to communicate and connect. 

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Students learn about the artist as advocate, educator, and instigator

In the Upper School Advanced Art 2 class, students learn about the role of the artist as advocate, educator, even instigator, and will be producing work that expresses their emotions about current issues.  The class recently experienced a virtual tour of the Katonah Museum of Art's exhibition, Bisa Butler: Portraits. Ran LaPolla, Chair of Art and Design Department, explained, "Not only is Bisa Butler's work beautiful and skilled, but her message is compelling and timely; a stunning celebration of Black pride, African roots and this nation's complex racial relationships."

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Advanced Art students become children's book illustrators during KingIsHome remote learning

With one full week of KingIsHome Remote Learning behind us, Advanced Art 2 students have found themselves in a new line of work: they are now children's book illustrators. Ran Lapolla, Chair of Visual Arts, assigned the task, which requires students to use Photoshop and follow specific steps outlined in a google doc. Students continue to engage deeply with the experience of education and make unexpected discoveries, from home. 

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