The Middle School got a facelift this week when students from the sixth grade, armed with colored masking tape and their imaginations, covered the windows of the middle school atrium with line art as part of a project for art class. The project was inspired by Darel Carey, a visual artist who uses lines to create optical illusions that shape and bend the dimensions of flat surfaces and space. His art includes painted murals, digital art, and tape installations.
Art and Design
In King School's Art and Design program, 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.
Artistic skill-building is supported by exposure to the history of art and work from artists around the globe. Reflection and class critiques further strengthen artistic growth, and conceptual thinking. Students gain an understanding and respect for art through interacting with artists who are part of King’s Visiting Artists Program and the OPEN Mentor program.
Areas of study include painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, ceramics, sculpture, and digital media, including photography, animation, filmmaking, web and graphic design.
In the Lower and Middle School, art classes meet two or three times per rotation.
In the Upper School, after a one semester required art class, students can choose to take Art and Design 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.
King students across all three divisions participate in the Visiting Artists Program. For example, students enjoyed a week of creative expression in mixed media portraits as they worked with Michael De Feo, a New York City based artist internationally known as “The Flower Guy."
Senior Advanced Art students develop a personal “theme” at the beginning of the school year on which they base all of their art. Throughout the year, their artwork evolves and becomes increasingly more sophisticated. At the end of the year, they exhibit their work in the PAC Lobby Gallery and they participate in the Senior Art Colloquium where they present their work and explain their processes to the Upper School community.
Middle School students rehearsed for six weeks to prepare for an exciting three-day Broadway performance aptly named The Show Must Go On! Despite the many challenges that the students faced this year with social distancing measures still in place, these young performers were able to create a virtual experience to bring the musicals to life. The show featured a combination of live solo, duet and trio performances accompanied by prerecorded full-cast and small group acts.
A group of 11 King School seniors presented their artwork and talked about their yearlong exploration of various mediums. In preparation for the annual art colloquium, which took place on April 29, students experimented with different art forms to creatively convey their interests and life experiences.
King hosted its sixth annual El Sistema Residency, in which talented musicians from King's Middle and Upper Schools collaborated in intensive music workshops with visiting students of various El Sistema USA programs, including Stamford's own Project Music.
The residency's overarching focus is to inspire a deeper connection between communities of different socioeconomic backgrounds by using music as a vehicle to give voice to diverse cultural identities and amplify lived experiences.
The Parents’ Association Visual Arts Committee and Art and Design Department are pleased to announce the first outdoor sculpture installation on campus. Five brightly colored and wind-activated kinetic sculptures by Drew Klotz are on display in different locations around campus until mid-June. Klotz combines elements of physics, engineering, geometry, and design when creating his sculptures.
How do I express who I am through art? King students in grades 4 and 5 confront this challenge, developing self-expression as well as technical drawing skills. Art and Design Faculty Debbie DePouli reflects that "with the turmoil and uncertainty of our current times, the art studio is a place for students to hone their creativity, while having a safe outlet to process their experiences and emotions."
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."
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."