Art Education at Kingsbury is discipline-based. In addition to creating many pieces of their own art in a wide variety of mediums, Kingsbury Kids study art history, art's place in relation to culture, and learning to make judgments about what is artistically effective or successful. Kingsbury kids quickly develop a strong sense of aesthetic appreciation.
Grades 1 – 6 have scheduled art classes with the art teacher. Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten have art integrated with their homeroom curriculum. Grades 6, 7 and 8 can choose from a variety of art electives on a quarterly basis.
With the introduction of changes based on our work with the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, Kingsbury sees additional opportunities to forge cross curriculum ties at every grade level. These ties will integrate art with every area of education, including music, environmental science and technology.
Integration of our World Language, Spanish, with art education is especially exciting. Efrain Fuentes Santiago, of the renowned Oaxacan family of artists, has visited Kingsbury, working with the students, speaking only in Spanish and discussing his culture. The opportunities to reinforce learning with art are significantly increased with the advent of PYP at Kingsbury. And, those students who are primarily visual learners will profit enormously from this approach.
Kingsbury also offers "ArtReach," an opportunity for grades K – 8 to study the great masters and their contributions to art history. Students not only study the work of dozens of the world’s greatest artists, they then create work of their own to reinforce the medium or techniques learned in the ArtReach lesson.
Gallery shows are an annual affair at Kingsbury. Themes such as "Art Rageous" or "Art Burst" are applied to a spectacular show at a local gallery. Margot's of Oxford is usually the site of our gallery shows. At the 2008 event, each student will display at least one piece of art, often two or more. Families and friends attend an "Opening night" affair with wine, cheese and the atmosphere of a professional exhibit opening.
Among the AIMS art show representatives from Kingsbury Country Day School:
Others who were chosen to exhibit included: Molly Scovic 2016, Noah Hansz,2015, Sidney Gilles, 2013, Nayan Suryavanshi, 2011, Hannah Strat, 2010, hayley Spence 2009, Sveta Cetlinski, 2008