Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated in the United States each year from September 15 through October 15, and there’ll be no shortage of activities at Kent Place to mark the achievements of Hispanic Americans. Students, staff, faculty, and the community partake of the rich cultural history, from personal anecdotes to family traditions and favorite meals and from music and dance to integrating the Hispanic culture into lesson plans.
Our faculty help students understand design and the process behind it, develop traditional and tech-based artistic skills, expand their visual and creative thinking, and become aesthetically aware.
They will view and assess diverse historical and contemporary art from different traditions with multi-cultural awareness. This is achieved through classroom examples, as well as field trips that take advantage of the museums in New York City, New Jersey, and Philadelphia and through exhibitions in the Kent Place Gallery.
The Visual Arts Department fosters student confidence and appreciation for art making's holistic, restorative power. Ultimately, students will gain the tools to become cultivators of their visions in a range of media.
It was during my AP Portfolio class that I first learned to step out into the world as an artist with a clear purpose. Art making is about so much more than putting paint on canvas, and my experience at KPS taught me to value all of the influences that inspire me and use them to create art. What I appreciate most about my time as a KPS art student is that I was challenged to write and think about art, to consider it within a larger social context, and to use it as a tool to help me understand the world.Kyla, Alumna
Hands-on experiences develop studio habits and joyful self-expression. As their skills and expressive powers grow, students recognize the role of an artistic community in supporting individual creative pursuits.
A trimester of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and digital image making introduces the tools for creating and understanding visual communication. Additional trimester courses refine these skills.
Students develop creative, analytical, and introspective thinking by studying historic and contemporary art. AP Art History, Portfolio, and AP Portfolio are offered to 11th-grade and 12th-graders interested in college-level study.