Visual Arts

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.

Highlighted Courses


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

King students, across all three divisions, enjoyed a week of creative expression as they worked with Michael De Feo, our artist-in-residence in early October. Mr. De Feo is a New York City based artist internationally known as “The Flower Guy” and he worked with students on their mixed media portraits.

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.

Visual Arts in Action

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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