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The Power of Creativity

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, music, and dance, offers students the opportunity to make personal and cultural discoveries by participating in a creative, disciplined, and inquiry-based process. Through a collaborative experience, students develop self-confidence, perseverance, imagination, reflective thinking, and intuition. 

The Art and Design program at King School is a comprehensive curriculum including a wide variety of visual art classes, digital media, photography, animation, fashion design, filmmaking, and more.  The program emphasizes 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 engaging and challenging.

Wizard of Oz

Performing Arts Center and Art Studios

King’s stunning state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center (PAC), plus multiple art studios across campus, offers tremendous support for students' creative pursuits. The lobby of the (PAC) doubles as an extraordinary exhibition space for students, professional artists, and alumni. 

Arts in Action

Visiting Artist Jeila Gueramain Meets With Lower School

As part of the King School Visiting Artists Program, artist Jeilla Gueramain kicked off her residency this week with a lower school assembly during which she discussed her artistic inspiration and process. The King School Visiting Artists Program is an opportunity to enrich, enhance and inspire the visual arts students’ experience at King, providing them with an immersive experience. 

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Practicing Creativity and Self-Expression Through the Arts

Whether preparing for an upcoming ensemble performance or pursuing an individual passion, students enjoy a range of performing arts classes at King. Take a walk through the campus’s state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center, and you will find teachers thoughtfully guiding students through lessons that focus on building a sense of community alongside technical skills.

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Middle School Musical Takes the Stage for the Wizard of Oz

Middle school thespians followed the Yellow Brick Road to the Performing Arts Center for a musical performance of “The Wizard of Oz.” In the classic tale, a tornado whisks away Dorothy and her dog, Toto, to the magical land of Oz.

While the pair are traveling towards Emerald City to meet the Wizard, they also meet a scarecrow that needs a brain, a tin man missing a heart, and a cowardly lion who wants courage. The Wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West to earn his help, so they set out on a perilous journey where each learns that there is no place like home.

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 Senior Artists O.P.E.N. to Self Expression at Art Colloquium

Culminating a year of self-discovery and exploration in the arts, the senior art students presented their capstone projects at the Art Colloquium, an annual arts seminar hosted in the Performing Arts Center at King School. The presentations are a result of the school’s O.P.E.N project experience: Original, Personal, Experiential, and Novel. Each year, seniors are encouraged to explore different mediums of art and create projects that are a personal expression of their interests or experiences to present to their classmates at the colloquium.

The students typically begin their projects with one idea, but the idea develops into new concepts or multiple projects as the year progresses. Jamie Munno ’22 likened the experience to the growth of a flower.

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El Sistema Music Residency Jams to New Melodies

The seventh annual music residency, El Sistema, returned to King School in person this year with a powerful new sound. Talented student musicians from King’s Middle and Upper Schools collaborated with seven El Sistema USA music programs from New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Connecticut. The collaboration resulted in an original composition that premiered at a community concert to showcase the learning and partnership that took place over the weekend. The overarching focus of the residency is to inspire a connection between communities of different socioeconomic backgrounds, using music ensembles to encourage deeper communication among its participants.  

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Ahoy! Pirates of Penzance Sing for King in Live Musical

Students and parents filled the Performing Arts Center at King School last weekend for riveting performances of Pirates of Penzance, a comic operetta. The musical follows the tale of Frederick, a young buccaneer who finds himself torn between his duty to his fellow pirates and his love for the major general's daughter, Mabel. The production made its way to the King stage for a three-day run in early March.

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King Artists Featured at Katonah Museum of Art

For the past 39 years, the Katonah Museum of Art has hosted a Young Artists exhibition that features the work of local high school seniors that participate in curating, installing, and promoting the exhibit for the public. Ten students from King School are participating in this year’s show, exhibiting artworks they have made in Advanced Art 3 and AP Art and Design classes taught by Ran LaPolla and David Hughes.

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