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Visual Arts

In King School's art 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. 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.

In 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.  

Students also have the opportunity, through the Computer Science & Digital Applications department, to explore digital photography, digital animation, filmmaking 1: visual storytelling, and filmmaking 2: audio and light. 

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."

Visiting Artist Michael De Feo Inspires Students

Advanced Art Colloquium

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.

See the advanced art portfolios

Visual Arts in Action

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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Visual Arts Program Welcomes Michael De Feo as King's October 2018 Visiting Artist

The Visual Arts department is excited to announce Michael De Feo as King's Visiting Artist for October 2018. Mr. De Feo will address the entire Upper School at an assembly on Monday, October 1. By then, students in all three divisions will have taken self-portrait photos which we will print in various sizes. Students, under the direction of Mr. De Feo, will paint flowers and leaves on top of their portraits with acrylic paint. These works will be exhibited in the PAC.

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